Wow, do some of you have desktop blinders on. The 4770K was not a huge improvement over the 3770K but it was an improvement none the less. We've gotten to a point were all out performance is less important than other things these days. This might frustrate us enthusiasts who care about insane performance, gaming, benching, and overclocking. Moving the VRM into the package with the CPU makes a new socket required which makes Haswell less attractive to upgraders with LGA1155 boards. The focus of Haswell was lowering system power and increasing graphics performance. Both of these focuses are less important for most of us who already have acceptable power consumption with Sandy and Ivy Bridge and use discreet GPUs.
Now what about the mobile market when it comes to tablets, ultrabooks, and laptops. These are the segments that Haswell was focused on. With lowering overall system power has shown insane battery life gains. For mobile devices battery life is very crucial. Just look at the 2013 MacBook Air 13" which has a projected battery life increase from 7 hours to 12 hours. Here is a battery test from AnandTech:Source
The second focus, IGP performance, was also quite a big leap depending on what market you look at. With the socketed desktop chips Intel kind of left us in the cold (mainstream users and HTPC builders who may use the IGP) with only minor improvements from 16SPs with HD4000 to only 20SPs in HD4600. This is a bit of a joke and an area where Intel dropped the ball in my opinion. The 40SP HD5000, Iris HD5100, and Iris Pro HD5200 (128MB L4 cache/framebuffer) are limited to non-socketed devices. The graphics performance increase was also less pronounced due to power consumption limits of devices like the MacBook Air. The performance increase from HD4000 to HD5000 is still decent but not as great as it theoretically could be if power consumption wasn't a problem. This is an area Iris Pro would have shined on the desktop since power limits are much higher and less of a problem.
So I understand where some of you guys are coming from, but to me I am extremely impressed with Haswell and the improvements it offers in the mobile market. I'm tired of junky slow Atom chips in true Windows 8 tablets and a Haswell could make improvements here for premium tablets like the Surface Pro to truly compete with ARM tablet battery life. Eventually we might get to more acceptable performance and battery life (Atom has this pretty decent but CPU and GPU performance is joke) with true Windows 8 tablets.Edited by Ben the OCer - 7/18/13 at 2:04pm