Intel desktop roadmap for H2 2013 and H1 2014

Haswell desktop processors debuted last week, and, as was the case with Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge launches, the initial lineup consisted of Core i5 and i7 quad-core models. Less expensive products, such as Core i3 and Pentium CPUs, were expected later this year, but we didn't have much information about specific SKUs up until now. We recently stumbled on a few slides from Intel desktop roadmap, that shed more light on Haswell mid-range lineup. The roadmap shows several Core i3 and Pentium model numbers, and we were able to confirm them using another source. The roadmap slides, originally published in the last week of May, also mention Haswell refresh, that was revealed by VR-Zone last week.

In the third quarter, Intel is going to launch next generation of Core i7 Extreme microprocessors, including Core i7-4820K, i7-4930K and i7-4960X. These CPUs will be based on Ivy Bridge-E core. Furthermore, Intel will add support for Ivy Bridge-E core to X79 chipset.

Also in Q3, Haswell line of chips will be expanded with Core i7-4771 SKU, and several Core i3 and Pentium microprocessors. It is not obvious how the i7-4771 will differ from the i7-4770.

New mid-class Haswell processors, planned by Intel, are Core i3-4130, i3-4330, i3-4340. The former two CPUs are going to replace recently launched Core i3-3240 and i3-3240/i3-3245. Currently available Pentium G2030, G2130 and G2140, all based on Ivy Bridge architecture, will be superseded by Pentium G3220, G3420 and G3430. The launch of Core i3 and Pentium processors will be accompanied by new H81 chipset.

The roadmap doesn't contain any specifics on new SKUs for Q4 2013 and the first two quarters of 2014. It does say that Haswell Celeron processors are scheduled to launch in Q1 2014. Additionally, it shows that Haswell refresh is coming in Q2 2014, and that the launch of Z97 and H97 chipsets will coincide with the refresh.

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