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Intel's Haswell line-up leaked? Aiming for release in Q2 2013

by Alistair Lowe on 13 December 2012, 13:45

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If a datasheet leaked by VR-Zone is to be believed, we now have full details of Intel's Haswell line-up, which is expected to hit the market sometime beginning in April 2013.

Leaked Haswell Datasheet

As previously reported, Intel will continue to focus on quad-core offerings though, breaking from recent trend, the TDP of its high-end Haswell parts are set to rise from the 77 watts of Ivy Bridge up to 84 watts. We suspect this may have something to do with the beefier Intel HD 4600 graphics that are to grace these components, with an expected two-fold increase in performance.

Intel's front-runner, at least for now, appears to be the quad-core Core i7-4770K, featuring an unlocked multiplier and a standard operating frequency of 3.5GHz, with Turbo Boost capable of bringing this up to 3.9GHz on a single core. This isn't an increase from the status quo and so we hope all the architectural redesigns we've been hearing about will also have an unseen impact on performance.

What's missing from this picture is Intel's ultra-portable line-up, which, if history is anything to go by, may very well contain the first Haswell parts to hit the market, with low power and tablet-like behaviours one of the primary focuses of the new architecture and its platform as a whole.



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Why do I get the feeling my 2500K will be lasting me for another 5 years...
Anyone know why the K versions always drop VT-d options? Since the K versions usually command "premium product" positioning, you'd think they'd have a full feature set. I ran into this problem recently advising someone on a SandyBridge-Extreme setup (they needed 64Gb RAM for virtualisation purposes), and the only "mid range" part is a K-series with the same virtualisation cuts.
I think with TXT and VT-d omitted from the unlocked K processors, it's a bigger decision between 4770K and 4770 than previous generations.
K series are for enthusiast overclocking, no good reason for them to have full hardware virtualisation (from Intel's point of view, anyway) - that's reserved for non-overclocking chips that will be more stable as they won't get run outside of stock configuration.

For full feature support on the entire processor range, you can't beat AMD, frankly. Even my cheapass Sempron 140 had full ECC support and hardware virtualisation. Class :D
The Moose is behind the technology curve already!!