The silver lining behind Broadwell's delay

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2013 - 01:06 PM |
Tagged: Intel, Broadwell, delay

Making changes to the CPU in a line of machines creates a much larger impact on a company than changing the GPU, as even if the socket remains the same there are often feature additions and other obstacles to overcome.  DigiTimes points out that for vendors who are still rolling out new product lines based on Haswell the delay of Broadwell is good news as it gives them time to sell a few Haswell machines before the chip goes EOL.  For consumers looking forward to the discounts on this generation of machine when the next generation is released this news is not as welcome but then again, vendors won't need to recover as much lost income as they would have if Broadwell was released according to its original schedule. 

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"Intel's decision to delay the mass shipment schedule of its 14nm Broadwell-based processors by one quarter from the end of 2013 is expected to buy brand vendors some time to finish their transition from Ivy Bridge to Haswell and allow them and Intel to readjust their steps in platform transitioning, according to sources from notebook players."

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Source: DigiTimes
October 17, 2013 | 03:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

If Intel would just create a few Broadwell SKUs without the graphics and a few more cores, they would have something to offer gamers! overclocking Intel CPUs has hit a brick wall, dew the the thermal constraints, and most serious gamers will continue using descrete GPUs. Intel will not be able to best any of the AMD/Nvidia Graphics products in the forseeable future, and Intel should try to not abandon the desktop SKUs for the Mobile market, that Intel can not corner dew to ARM's lead in low power CPUs! Intel has a very short few years before its process node lead begins to run out, and Apple will continue to invest heavely in producing more powerful ARM Instruction set based CPUs, that Apple designs in house, with Apple's world class design team! The ARM architecture license holders will be moving into the 64 bit club, and Intel will be in competition with ARM 64 on low end Cromebooks, at first, but, sooner that Intel realizes, ARM 64 variants will begin to bite at the low end laptop market as well!

October 17, 2013 | 11:45 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Is it me or has computing has gotten so boring lately. The salad days of 08-09 are long gone.

Back then tick tock was introduced along with the promise of yearly architecture updates. Year after year of more powerful less power hungry processors with ballooning caches and core counts--quite a thrilling prospect. And it was indeed good for a year or two, but then it became clear that microsoft was using all the extra core real estate for their useless IGP instead of that wonderful cache and those extra cores. Dream killed.

Back then SSDs--arguably the biggest thing to happen to computing in a decade or more--were just emerging. How excited that period was, and it was indeed great for awhile, until we learned that die shrinks--while angelic to virtually every other area of computing--were anathema to Nand memory, and those shrinks were coming fast and furious. Next came the SataIII ceiling and everything just sort of stagnated.

eh, this is poorly written but i'm too tired to edit it. plus there's plenty more to say about the current sad state of computing but as i said i'm tired. whatever, this just sucks. good night.

October 18, 2013 | 10:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Meh, even when delayed Broadwell is still likely to get here before Haswell-E.

There is nothing exciting happening at Intel, nothing at all, and this has been the case for about 2 years, almost 3. Let me guess, another 5% performance increase over Haswell, best case, with a correspondingly lower max overclock, and we're still on 4 cores, amirite? WOW, can't wait to read the fucking review on that. What performance, what progress!

Fuck it, moore's law is dead, in a practical way. I don't give a flying fuck about "transistor count", "transistor density", or "litography". Performance is going exactly fucking nowhere. In 2 years, IN 2 DAMN YEARS, the largest performance increase was going from the AMD FX 8150 to the FX 8350. What a fucking joke!

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