Intel Haswell CPUs delayed until June 2013
Intel Haswell microarchitecture, originally planned to launch as early as April 2013, has been delayed until the end of May or the beginning of June of next year. This week Chinese VR-Zone published what looks like a slide from an Intel Launch Update document, that details launch schedule and activities in regard to desktop and mobile Haswell parts. According to the slide, quad-core 4th Generation CPUs and new boards, based on the Lynx Point chipset, will be introduced from May 27 to June 7. Advertisement and sales of Haswell CPUs and Lynx Point products will be allowed starting from June 2, just two days before the Computex 2013 show in Taiwan.
Initial Haswell desktop lineup contains 14 CPUs, including Core i7-4770K and i5-4670K unlocked models, as well as standard-power i7-4770, i5-4670, i5-4570, and i5-4430 CPUs. Intel will also release low power "S" and ultra low power "T" desktop microprocessors: i7-4770S, i7-4770T, i7-4765T, i5-4670S, i5-4670T, i5-4570S, i5-4430S and i5-4570T. All Core i5 and i7 processors will have GT2 type of integrated graphics, which Intel branded as HD 4600. The rest of the i7-47xx and i5-4xxx specifications are identical to current Core i7-37xx and i5-3xxx SKUs, therefore the only performance advantage of the 4th generation Core processors will be due to their more advanced microarchitecture and GPU. A document, leaked earlier this month by PC Online, claimed that the performance gain of Haswell chips over Ivy Bridge counterparts will be more than 10% in some non-graphics applications. The document also stated up to 3x better performance for 3D graphics, and up to 2x better performance when converting video, although it's likely that these numbers are applicable to GT3 graphics only, and the GT2 Haswell graphics on desktop parts will not have as much advantage over the HD 4000 GPUs.
Along with the desktop microprocessors, Intel will introduce 7 mobile quad-core models. In addition to previously reported Core i7-4930MX, i7-4900MQ and i7-4800MQ CPUs, there will be also Core i7-4700MQ and i7-4702MQ with GT2 graphics. Two SKUs, Core i7-4700HQ and i7-4702HQ, will feature GT3 graphics. Specifications of i7-4700 and i7-4702 models at this time are unknown. Core i7-4930MX, i7-4900MQ and i7-4800MQ have exact characteristics as Core i7-3940XM, i7-3840QM, and i7-3740QM, except that they will have the graphics unit upgraded to HD 4600.
The launch of desktop and mobile CPUs will be accompanied by new Z87, Q87, Q85, B85 desktop, and QM87, HM87, HM86 mobile chipsets.
Known specifications of desktop and mobile Haswell processors are provided below:
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