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Intel to refresh Core i3 and Pentium lines in Q3 2014

Last month Intel launched 25 "Haswell Refresh" desktop microprocessors, that replaced full range of Haswell desktop products with slightly faster models. According to Intel's roadmap, there won't be new mainstream and premium processors from Core i5 and i7 families until the second quarter of 2015, when the company is going to introduce Broadwell-K and Skylake-S successors. Entry-level and mid-range CPUs, represented by Celeron, Pentium and Core i3 families, will stay with the Haswell architecture until second half of 2015, or for a year. During that time Intel plans to refresh the families at least once. In fact, Intel will release Pentium G3250, G3250T, G3450T and G3460, along with Core i3-4160, i3-4160T, i3-4360T and i3-4370 SKUs in the third quarter of 2014. New processors will have a minor boost to the clock speed, and retain all other features of Pentium and Core i3 products. Celeron family will not be refreshed in Q3 2014.

Pentium "Haswell" microprocessors have two CPU cores and 3 MB of last level cache. The processors have a basic feature set, including Intel 64, VT-x virtualization, and SIMD instructions up to SSE4. Pentium chips do not support Hyper-Threading, Turbo Boost, or any other advanced technologies. Standard power Pentium G3250 and G3460 run at 3.2 GHz and 3.5 GHz, and have 53 Watt TDP. Low power G3250T and G3450T operate at 2.8 GHz and 2.9 GHz, and they are rated at 35 Watt TDP. All chips integrate HD graphics, clocked at up to 1100 MHz, and work with DDR3-1333 memory. The G3460 and G3450T also support memory with 1600 MHz data rate.

Core i3 microprocessors have several enhancements both on the CPU and GPU side. The i3s still have two CPU cores, but added support for Hyper-threading technology allows them to run 4 threads at once. The i3-4360T and i3-4370 have the size of L3 cache increased to 4 MB. Depending on SKU, the on-chip GPU is upgraded to either HD 4400 or HD 4600, and it runs at up to 1150 MHz. All Core i3 parts incorporate AES and AVX instructions, and support DDR3-1600 memory. The i3-4160 and i3-4370 are clocked at 3.6 and 3.8 GHz, and have 54 Watt TDP. The i3-4160T and i3-4360T have 3.1 GHz and 3.2 GHz core frequencies, and they fit into 35 Watt thermal envelope.

Specifications of future processors are summarized below:

ModelCores /
GraphicsMax GPU
Pentium G3250 2 / 2 3.2 GHz 3 MB HD 1100 MHz DDR3-1333 53W
Pentium G3250T 2 / 2 2.8 GHz 3 MB HD 1100 MHz DDR3-1333 35W
Pentium G3450T 2 / 2 2.9 GHz 3 MB HD 1100 MHz DDR3-1600 35W
Pentium G3460 2 / 2 3.5 GHz 3 MB HD 1100 MHz DDR3-1600 53W
Core i3-4160 2 / 4 3.6 GHz 3 MB HD 4400 1150 MHz DDR3-1600 54W
Core i3-4160T 2 / 4 3.1 GHz 3 MB HD 4400 1150 MHz DDR3-1600 35W
Core i3-4360T 2 / 4 3.2 GHz 4 MB HD 4600 1150 MHz DDR3-1600 35W
Core i3-4370 2 / 4 3.8 GHz 4 MB HD 4600 1150 MHz DDR3-1600 54W

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