More Haswell options are on the way
The big news in processors today is the official launch of AMD’s Kaveri APUs with Radeon R7 graphics, but if you’d rather wait to see what Intel has up its sleeve, you’ll have to get cozy for a few months. Word on the web is that Intel is preparing to refresh its Haswell processor line with nearly two dozen new CPUs sometime in the second quarter of 2014, likely starting in May.
According to Digitimes, May is when the new parts will hit the retail channel. That will include 20 new processors, including the Core i7 4790, Core i5 4690, Core i3 4360, Pentium G3450, and Celeron G1840. Intel will also launch some low power CPUs, such as the Core i7 4790S, Core i5 4590S, and Core i3 4150T.
Slipping into retail a month ahead of time will be Intel’s new Z97 and H97 chipsets. This will give board partners like Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, and ASRock time to build silicon around the new chipsets before the refreshed Haswell processors land on store shelves.
Finally, Digitimes says Intel will follow this up by refreshing its Haswell K series and Haswell-E in the third quarter, while phasing out its Core i5 3350P, Core i3 3225, and Core i3 3210 processors in Q1. Beyond that, the news and rumor site didn’t provide any information on pricing.