Intel Haswell Processors To Launch In First Half of 2013

Subject: Processors | February 12, 2012 - 06:57 PM |
Tagged: shark bay, Intel, haswell, cpu

Intel's Ivy Bridge processor, the upcoming "tick" in Intel's clock-esque world domination strategy, has yet to be released and we are already getting rumors and leaked information coming in about the "tock" that will be Ivy Bridge's successor in the 22nm Haswell processors (as part of the Shark Bay platform). Ivy Bridge processors will bring incremental performance improvements and lower power usage on the same 1155 socket that Sandy Bridge employs.

Haswell; however, will move to (yet another) socket LGA 1150 on the desktop, and will bring incremental improvements over Ivy Bridge. Improvements include much faster integrated processor graphics and the AVX2 instruction set. Unfortunately, Intel will be returning to an increased TDP (thermal design power) with Haswell compared to the lower TDP from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge.

According to Domain Haber, who claims to have gotten their hands on a leaked road map, Intel will be launching Ivy Bridge through the end of this year, and then will debut their Haswell processors in the first half of 2013. The alleged road map can be seen below.

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What I found interesting about the road map is that there is no mention of an Ivy Bridge-E or Haswell-E processor. Instead, the current Sandy Bridge-E chips are shown occupying the high end and enthusiast segment through at least the first half of 2013 and the launch of Haswell. Whether enthusiasts will continue to choose the Sandy Bridge-E processors for that long will remain to be seen, however. Also strange is that, according to VR-Zone, Intel will have three tiers of integrated graphics performance with GT1, GT2, and GT3. They will then place the fastest graphics core in the mobile chips and leave the slower graphics cores in the desktop chips. Discrete cards are not dead yet, it seems (unless you're rocking an AMD APU of course).

Have you invested in a Sandy Bridge-E setup, or are you still holding onto an older chip to wait for the best performance upgrade for your money?  If you have bought into SB-E, do you think it'll last you into 2013?

Source: VR-Zone
February 12, 2012 | 07:56 PM - Posted by Anonymous Coward (not verified)

If the P1 Premium Performance segment 2600K-equivalent of haswell comes out with similar architectural improvements to the 2600K, Sandy Bridge E will be the idiot gamer's processor, like the 990x was at the start of 2011, more than thrice as expensive, and consistently slower for gaming. I think intel realises that, and will release the 8-core SB-E processor, all they have to do is improve yields and unlock 2 cores. But I still don't think that will be enough to beat the 2600K equivalent of Haswell. It would be nice if Intel would give SB-E owners a little time in the sun before making them obsolete with lower tier, but newer, products. And by SB-E I mean the 8 core yet-to-come processor, not this 6-core one that is just meant to burn of the sucker demand and sell the QA rejects for the 8-core. Brilliant business decision for Intel, a shaft up the rectum for enthusiasts. Not like AMD has anything we want, and I include their graphics chips in this statement too. What a fail of a company.

February 12, 2012 | 09:08 PM - Posted by Wolvenmoon (not verified)

They're releasing sockets so quickly I can't keep up with them. I want to have at least a year and a half window to upgrade my system and roll its old parts in to new-used systems.

What's going on with Socket 2011?

February 13, 2012 | 01:40 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

As far as I know, socket 2011 will continue to be the "enthusiast socket" into 2013.

February 13, 2012 | 12:59 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I want to see Intel's Knights Corner( 50+ Core 22nm Co-processor) installed with Intel Haswell Processors. I thinks its time for Intel go all out. Nvidia and AMD has place Over 560 cores and 3,200 "Stream Processors" it time for Intel grow up and push the limit of raw power. Intel PLEASE stop your slow growth of cores.
I what to see a CPU that can scale for more speed. Let me put it this way. Intel want to sell more CPUs. Well, If uses Thunderbolt interface to scale its CPUs a User could just buy more CPU to make a faster computer.

February 13, 2012 | 07:46 AM - Posted by GettCouped (not verified)

Sorry but this "roadmap" doesn't even have the proper Intel theme and presentation style. Gunna call Toro on this one.

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