Every year Intel makes a new processor. Improvements from previous processors to the next generation. Haswell is the 4th generation, what about the 3rd generation of Ivy Bridge. Is the 3rd generation obsolete, what’s the difference with Ivy Bridge Haswell. Or indeed there are many differences between Haswell vs Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge, apparently not really.

The most important difference between Ivy Bridge vs. Haswell vs. Sandy Bridge

  • Haswell is a 4th generation Intel processor, having new internal VGA (GPU) features faster.
  • Ivy Bridge is a 3rd generation Intel processor, which has a slightly slower internal VGA (GPU) feature.
  •  Sandy Bridge is a 2nd generation Intel processor, which has the slowest internal VGA (GPU) feature.
  •  Coffee Lake might be different, as an 8th generation processor with the Core i 8000 series. Comet Lake 10th generation, replace the socket all models get Hyperthreading with 4 cores to 10 cores

Overall, the three different speeds, between 5-10%.

  • Did you know, Sandy Bridge processors are only made up to 3.3-3.4Ghz. Whereas Ivy Bridge and Haswell are above 3.4 GHz. Of course the two new generations are faster.
  • Did you know, the Sandy Bridge processor has the lowest speed in speed. Only 1.6Ghz when idle and still saving power when typing or browsing alone. Whereas Haswell and Ivy Bridge have pegged speeds above 2.3 GHz or more.
  • Intel Coffee Lake, prepared for 6 cores for desktop computers. Has a speed of 25% faster than the previous generation of processors.
  • Intel Comet Lake gen10, it seems different. with 4 cores on Core i3, 6 cores on Core i5, 8 cores on Core i7, 10 cores on Core i9.

If you want to save money, you can choose the old processor. From PCmag said the price of the 3rd generation Intel is cheaper. The best deals at a budget price difference, around $ 100 more. Especially notebook products, you can save money with old processors compared to buying the Haswell generation. There is indeed technology left behind in Ivy Bridge compared to Haswell, specifically the VGA internal speed.

This is justified. Considering many processors and old motherboards have become junk. The price of 5-7 years has passed with only 30% of the first marketed price. Although there are limitations with the old processor. As Intel Sandy Bridge, the forerunner to the Core ix series, is no longer supported by Windows 10. And only gets Windows 7 drivers to work on Windows 10.

There is the word Tick Tock in every marketing processor

  • Tick ​​is downsizing, new processors are made denser with smaller nm. Tock is a new microprocessor. Ivy Bridge was reduced from Sandy Bridge. From 32nm down to 22nm.
  • Haswell still survives like Ivy Bridge, but made a little more power efficient. That he said, especially for mobile processor products do require power saving.

Haswell motherboards are different from socket 1150

When the Sandy Bridge motherboard owner wants to change to Ivy Bridge, it is sufficient to update the BIOS for the motherboard and processor. Although not all motherboards can be upgraded. But both have the same socket size Socket Haswell is different, using Socket LGA 1150. Whereas Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge use socket LGA 1155.

Haswell has better internal graphics.

This feature is reliable by Intel, internal VGA is faster than Ivy Bridge. Allows internal VGA usage such as external VGA performance on a computer or notebook. Intel offers the faster Iris and Iris Pro. Although in practice it might not be as good as promotion. Improvements are only about 5-10 frames per second for a resolution of 1366×768 in 3D games. More efficient because VGA is in the processor.

Internal GPU / VGA at Haswell, the fastest equivalent to Nvidia GTX 8800GT or 7600 GT or HD 3670. He said like that. Far below the entry level VGA external capabilities.

Speed ​​on a mobile device

Haswell is fast, but manufacturers choose to slow down for mobile processors. Apple MacBook Air 13 inch uses 1.8GHz Core i5 for the 2012 model. The 2013 model was even lowered, with Haswell enough 1.3Ghz Core i5. The same speed as the old model, but more power efficient. For mobile devices such as notebooks, new processors are better.

Battery usage in notebook devices.

MacBook Air and ultrabook can save battery life better with Haswell. The new MacBook Air can last for more than 15 hours on battery power. 2x longer than the 2012 model. Sony VAIO Duo 13 with Haswell can last almost 9 hours, or 2x more resistant than the previous model.

There are differences between Haswell and other Ivy Bridge. Haswell has an internal circuit for voltage regulators and has become part of the chip itself. The focus is working in low temperatures and saving power. Good for thin computers or the All in One type.

October 2017 update

Asus says the board with the Z270 chipset can actually use the Kaby Lake processor. But that was Intel’s decision.

Changes are only made with EM Engine Management and BIOS.

On the other hand, the previous generation 2 processors Skylake and Kaby Lake make it possible to use a higher chipset like the Z370

Intel doesn’t want to, and wants to separate the old processor platform.

In the picture below is a very small pin difference between Coffee Lake (left) vs. Kabylake + Skylake (right).

Make a motherboard with Chipset Z370 vs Z270 to be different. This means you have to buy a new processor and a new motherboard.


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