A Few More Haswell Refresh (2014) Details

Subject: General Tech, Processors | December 13, 2013 - 08:49 PM |
Tagged: Intel, haswell

Intel will begin to refresh their Haswell line of processors, according to VR-Zone, starting in Q2 and continue into Q3. This will be accompanied by their 9-series of motherboard chipsets. The Intel Core i7-4770 and Core i7-4771 will be replaced, not just surpassed, by the Core i7-4790. That said, the only difference is a 100MHz bump to both the base and turbo CPU frequencies.

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The K-series processors will come in Q3 and are said to be based on Haswell-E with DDR4 memory. I find this quite confusing because of previous reports that Broadwell-K would appear at roughly the same time. I am unsure what this means for Broadwell-K and I am definitely unsure why some Haswell-E components would be considered part of the Haswell refresh instead of the Haswell-E launch.

My gut instinct believes that VR-Zone is simply confused or that Microsoft and Google Translate are both terrible at understanding this article.

Source: VR-Zone

December 13, 2013 | 09:25 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Let the core wars begin, here is the "Haswell-E with more cores(8)!


Maybe Intel will lower their prices and increase the core count even more, now that google and facebook are mulling over taping out their own custom ARM 64 bit instruction set based server chip designs! And thus begins the era of the licensed CPU/GPU IP market, where anyone with Apple, google, and facebook big money, can very cheeply license the CPU and GPU technology from third party CPU/GPU design bureaus (ARM,Nvidia,and others) and hire the engineers and fabs to design/build custom processors based on licensed IP, and cut Intel out of the loop!

Thats Right Chip Pimps at Intel, soon $300.00 12 core chips for the gamers, no more $1000.00 ripoffs, be very careful Intel, or some 24+ core ARM 64 bit instruction set based gaming chips may start to put a dent in your market!!!

December 13, 2013 | 10:01 PM - Posted by arbiter

just in time for those 8 thread console games that AMD was hoping to get them back in the market with. ARM won't put a dent in anything gaming desktop wise, those arm cpu's are much slower then intel cpu's even AMD cpu's stomp them performance wise by a pretty big margin. On top of that games are not even optimized atm for much more then 4 core cpu's so 24 cores ends up being just a marketing gimic.

December 14, 2013 | 06:08 AM - Posted by StewartGraham (not verified)

Most people will still be buying 4 core Haswell chips next year. The 6 and 8 core E-Series chips will only be purchised by a small minority so AMD may very well increase 8 core FX chip sales. Then again, AMD may complete discontinue the FX line, but I hope they don't.

December 14, 2013 | 02:13 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

the SDKs and software toolchains already exist for the gaming engines to utilize more than 8 cores and run on non x86 based CPUs, and with everyone developing ARM server chips, and Apple developing their Custom ARM 64 bit instruction based clones, with more execution ports, than the ARM Holdings' ARM 64 bit refrence designs( Apple only licensed the ARM instruction set). There is no telling what the non-refrence ARM 64 bit custom designs may do if they are pimped out with extra integer pipelines, execution pipelines, etc! The ARM CPUs are so inexpensive relative to the cost of Intels CPUs! Intel stands to lose a lot of money to those ARM 64 based custom designs in the server market, and will no longer have the clout to arm twist the OEMs, like Intel did in the past! Do you think any phone/tablet OEMs, many of them who were PC OEMs that experienced Intel's market tactics in the past, are ever going to use Intel's CPUs in any more that a very small portion of these OEM's total mobile product portfolio?
So remember to not quote ARM refrence design benchmarks, when many companies will only be licensing the ARM Holdings 64 bit ISA (instruction set architecture) but designing Custom ARM based clones, lake Apple did, and Apple's custom ARM 64 bit designs, beat ARM Holdings' refrence ARM 64 bit designs to the market! With HSA aware, and uHMA ARM based chips on the horizon, and the big server based companies, wanting complete control of their hardware designs, and a low cost CPU supply chain, the ARM ecosystem licensed IP market is the future for CPU IP as well as GPU IP based custom systems.

December 13, 2013 | 10:12 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Exactly what was to be expected when Intel took off Broadwell from the PC roadmap next year and put on a Haswell "Refresh". They did the same thing with Sandy Bridge with the useless 100Mhz bump speed. Simply an attempt to satisfy investors that they're doing something when they aren't.

Then again the performance you'd see from the Haswell Refresh is probably not much different from what we'd get from Broadwell at the rate we've been going with iGPU being the main focus.

December 14, 2013 | 12:45 AM - Posted by arbiter

what sandy bridge refresh? wasn't one that i know of.

December 14, 2013 | 12:55 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Off the top of my head, they were the 2700K and 2550K (and probably more.)

December 14, 2013 | 06:10 AM - Posted by StewartGraham (not verified)

Yep, the 2700K was definitely a refresh for Sandy Bridge. It only increased base and boost speeds by 100 Mhz.

December 14, 2013 | 06:14 AM - Posted by StewartGraham (not verified)

Actually it's a brilliant move to stretch your dies, especially since they're so powerful phasing them out wouldn't be financially prudent. Consumer's might want Broadwell, but frankly this gives AMD time to catch up which ends up being beneficial for all consumers.

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