Refreshed Intel Haswell Processors Coming Next Month For Desktop and Mobile

Subject: Processors | April 15, 2014 - 12:09 AM |
Tagged: z97, Intel, i7-4790, haswell refresh, haswell, h97

Intel is releasing a refreshed lineup of processors based on its latest generation “Haswell” micro-architecture. The new lineup is comprised of 27 new desktop processors and 17 new mobile CPUs (44 in total). The new chips will displace the existing Haswell processors at their existing price points with small clockspeed increases.

On the desktop side of things, the Haswell Refresh lineup includes four new Core i7, ten Core i5, five Core i3, five Pentium, and three Celeron processors. The new chips come in both standard and (multiple) lower-TDP variants. At the top end, Intel is introducing a new non-K part called the Intel Core i7 4790 which is a quad core (eight thread) processor clocked at 3.6 GHz with 8MB of L3 cache. The new CPU also comes in 65W i7-4790S (3.2 GHz) and 45W i7-4790T (2.7 GHz). The new desktop parts range in tray price from $45 to $303.

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Additionally, Intel is updating its mobile lineup by introducing 17 new chips. The refreshed lineup includes six Core i7s, four Core i5s, five Core i3s, one Pentium, and one Celeron CPU. The mobile parts range in tray price from $75 to $434. Like the desktop range, the mobile chips come in multiple low power TDP SKUs. Five of the new chips are quad cores while the rest are dual cores.

Intel’s new refreshed Haswell processors are reportedly coming early next month as part of the "Haswell Refresh Platform." The chips will fully support motherboards based on Intel’s upcoming LGA 1150 9-series chipsets, and the various motherboard manufactures appear to be hard at work getting their lineups ready. As a result, enthusiasts can expect to see the new chips and motherboards (using the H97 and Z97 chipsets) on store shelves soon.

If you have not already bought into Haswell, the refreshed lineup is worth waiting for.  if you are already running a Haswell-based system, upgrading to a refreshed Haswell CPU and H97 or Z97 motherboard makes much less sense. Instead, you should ride it out until Sky Lake or at least Broadwell (upgrade itch permitting, of course).

April 15, 2014 | 02:10 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

interested to see the bench marks... and the MSRP of those 6 core i7s.

April 15, 2014 | 02:53 AM - Posted by Eddie (not verified)

I'm still waiting on some news about the 20th anniversary pentium. It really is the only chip of this refresh that I care about.

April 15, 2014 | 04:05 AM - Posted by Sublym3 (not verified)

So there are no K parts in the refresh?

April 15, 2014 | 11:17 AM - Posted by Pholostan

Those high clocked i3:s looks nice for desktops at the office. The i3-4350 might get better pricing down the line.

April 15, 2014 | 12:31 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

A $50 price cut would be truly "refresh"ing from Intel. This is just a pathetic attempt like what happened with Sandy Bridge to please your investors.

Then again unless you're in the mobile revolution, nobody is taking Broadwell seriously at this point either.

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