Launch schedule of Intel Haswell processors

For many years Intel used "tick-tock" development model to design new generations of microprocessors. In this model, each tick cycle uses new manufacturing process to produce more refined version of existing architecture, and each tock cycle introduces new microarchitecture on existing manufacturing process. The last "tick" was Ivy Bridge micro-architecture, launched less than three months ago. The next "tock" cycle will be Haswell micro-architecture. Haswell processors are going to have a handful of new features, such as AVX 2.0 instructions, better GPU, overclocking improvements, integrated voltage regulator, new low-power states, just to name a few. The processors will utilize new sockets, socket H3 (LGA1150) on desktop, and socket G3 on mobile platform. According to recent roadmaps, that we've seen, Haswell processors will launch in April, although there is a chance that some Haswell products will be available earlier.

Haswell CPUs will have three versions of graphics units: GT1, GT2 and GT3. The GT1 will have the lowest performance from all three, and it will be used only on dual-core chips. Desktop quad-cores will have better GT2 graphics, and quad-core mobile products will come with GT2 or GT3 graphics. Quad-cores desktop and mobile CPUs, equipped with GT2 GPU, will be ready for launch in April 2013. Quad-core mobile CPUs with GT3 graphics, as well as accompanying Lynx Point chipset, will be ready for release in March. Haswell ULT models for consumer market will be released in June - August 2013 time frame. The ULT processors integrate 2 CPU cores, one or two DDR3 memory controller, Lynx Point chipset, and up to GT3 graphics in a single package, and consume no more than 15 Watt on average. At the launch, the ULT CPUs will work with Windows 8. Windows 7 support for these processors will be added in September or October 2013.

Also in 2013, Intel will launch next generation of Xeon E3 products, aimed at single-socket systems. The microprocessors will be branded as E3-1200 v3, and they will be available in the second quarter of the next year.

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Comments: 23


2012-07-10 05:43:54
Posted by: Gonzales

It is worthy to note, at later time Haswell will also support DDR4, in addition to DDR3.


2012-07-10 07:30:09
Posted by: hp

DDR4, in addition to DDR3 - with the same CPU or will there be two versions of Hashwell one for each RAM type?


2012-07-10 09:52:40
Posted by: Gonzales

To clarify DDR4 support will be introduced on Haswell-EX which will be the industry's first platform to do so.

Since DDR4 has quite different topology over DDR3 the other Haswells will keep on then-ageing DDR3 still.

But Haswell's Enterprise series processors will deliver DDR4 into production computing, making history.


2012-07-10 10:21:45
Posted by: Steve

So there will be no GT3 for the desktop? That is disappointing.


2012-07-10 11:15:27
Posted by: kai

i thnik the k series CPU will have GT3. it would be better to still get a cheap passive gpu, we will see huge improvements from GT3 compare to GT2 but still not enough for 1080p or 1050 at med settings.


2012-07-10 15:18:56
Posted by: DavidC1

I don't think we'll see GT3 at all in the desktop. It simply isn't needed, with discrete graphics being far more powerful than in laptops.

Things like power usage and thermals aren't an issue either. GT3 is also supposed to take additional 100mm2 or so on top of GT2. At least laptops, the prospect of being more mobile means they can increase prices.


2012-08-09 17:20:02
Posted by: ericore

A buyer wants graphic performance and thread performance. Intel wants the most sales while reducing sales of competitors. In that light, it is absolute folly not to include a GT3 version on the desktop. Starve Nvidia and AMD. Make them force more powerful cheap gpus. Maybe that's why Intel won't do it; cause they arsh****s. You might then conclude that it would be pointless, but it would take away the APU edge from AMD entirely. Yap AMD would release faster APUs after, but it won't matter because GT3 will be fast enough. Intel is unwise.


2012-08-09 17:27:15
Posted by: ericore

The GT3 is 3-4x faster than IvyBridge. You won't need discrete unless your strictly building a high end game rig. Haswell will play everything min 720p, and probably lots of titles at 1080p at about 40FPS


2012-07-10 13:50:07
Posted by: Gonzales

*ANY* Haswell will be totally enough for 1080.

What will be a question those times, will be 4K.


2012-07-16 13:29:05
Posted by: Alex

Are you talking about 3D rendering or video playback?


2012-07-20 07:58:36
Posted by: Gonzales

Video play back. Thanks for confirmation.


2012-07-16 13:28:10
Posted by: Alex

Are you talking about 3D rendering or video playback?


2012-07-28 17:44:03
Posted by: Nikhil

what these processors will be called?
i3 i5 i7 or some different model name?


2012-07-29 21:03:01
Posted by: gshv

It's very likely that Intel will use Core i3/i5/i7 branding for Haswell processors.

Win7 spoiler alert?

2012-07-29 17:36:56
Posted by: Sifter

Regarding Haswell ULT: "Windows 7 support for these processors will be added in September or October 2013..."

Sounds to like a service pack release date to me, yes :)


2012-07-29 21:53:07
Posted by: Bob

So at the end of the day, will Haswell out perform Sandy Bridge & IVY Bridge or will this be a more "Graphic" update.
I currently have both Sandy 2700k & 3770k.
Will it be worth my while to upgrade again?

Re: Haswell

2012-08-08 09:17:09
Posted by: Gonzales

It should be obvious from the article itself, but anyways as Haswell will be 'tock' as new micro-architecture, it indeed will out perform IVB both in CPU and GPU. For a better idea, imagine the difference between Pentium 4 and Core 2 Duo .. it seems it will be interesting/worthy to upgrade again ..


2012-09-24 07:41:35
Posted by: keropi

I deem every tock to be the better release. I skipped Sandy and Ivy in anticipation for Haswell..


2013-01-23 15:32:19
Posted by: aleko

hehe im now considering waiting for haswel as well :)

what what what what?

2012-11-16 00:13:45
Posted by: LOL

you skipped sandy? sandy is a tock, that's why I stayed on sandy and skipped ivy, waiting for haswell, you are not making sense

Sany Tock!

2012-12-05 04:01:27
Posted by: 1stchickinDimona

Definatly Tock tock tock!
but still anyone know or heard about how much better it'll be then IB-SB?

Haswell details

2012-12-05 10:31:31
Posted by: miR 941

Recommend a look at the article at ExtremeTech dot com computing 136219-intels-haswell-is-an-unprecedented-threat-to-nvidia-amd for a good rundown on the known/expected details. Good article.


2013-05-09 01:36:24
Posted by: ceh4702

Just wait for DDR4 as soon as Haswell comes out they will be preparing to go to DDR4.

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