Your date with the Haswell refresh has been postponed

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2014 - 01:14 PM |
Tagged: Intel, haswell, i7-4790

If you have been anxiously awaiting the release of the new Core i7-4790 and 9-series of chipsets from Intel, you are going to be waiting a bit longer.  DigiTimes is reporting that the negative feedback from vendors has convinced them to delay releasing the new chip and chipset for another month.  This is likely due to the number of current generation Haswell chips, motherboards and systems stuck in the channel thanks that vendors are hoping will sell thanks to the EoL of WinXP.  The numbers from Gartner support their theory, the long downwards trend of PC sales has leveled off in the last quarter.  We can only hope that there will be discounts and sales towards the end of the month to help clean out the channel for the release of the new generation of Haswell processors.

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"Intel is set to launch its new Haswell Refresh processors and 9-series chipsets for desktops in early May, postponing the CPU giant's original schedule from April, according to sources from motherboard players."

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April 10, 2014 | 01:41 PM - Posted by BBMan (not verified)

There's almost no point to bring 4790 into this. The 9-series chipset is the story and I'm not sure a huge market is pining for its capability until X99 hits. I dunno- I think this one is a miss ....

April 11, 2014 | 08:00 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Haswell refresh isn't the story, nor is the 9-series chipset which is EXACTLY THE SAME as the 8 series just with the m2 slot.

In short, THERE IS NO STORY, PERIOD! Intel is so full of shit trying to turn this non-story into something. It's so fucking disgraceful.

April 11, 2014 | 10:55 AM - Posted by BBMan (not verified)

No, they are not exactly the same. While not gushing with innovation, there are storage and security improvements. There are also some compatibility issues. X99 case in point.

April 11, 2014 | 12:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I was specifically referring to z97 not x99, my apologies for not being clear.

Apart from m.2 what else is new in z97? They didn't even bother increasing the PCH bandwidth for christs sake. Fruit don't hang much lower than that. so what else is new? Please enlighten me. Your first link was broke, your second said nothing new.

April 14, 2014 | 10:45 PM - Posted by hapkiman (not verified)

What about the improved TIM on the Haswell i7 4790, and the removal of the VRM on die, and back to the Z97 mobo.

April 15, 2014 | 09:06 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The old TIM was a defect that they're fixing. Fixing it is not a new feature. Moving the VRM back to the board is not a new feature either, it's what's known as backtracking.

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