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Intel Haswell refresh looks set for early May

by Mark Tyson on 11 April 2014, 10:06

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Gigabyte (TPE:2376), ASUSTeK (TPE:2357)

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Taiwanese computing industry news site DigiTimes has had sources whisper in its ear that Intel Haswell refresh processors, and associated 9-Series motherboard designs, will be launched in early May. It reports that big motherboard players including ASUS and Gigabyte are geared up to release their updated product ranges at that time. Apparently Intel delayed its first Haswell refresh processor introduction at the request of the major motherboard players.

When in May will Intel start to release new processors which form the Haswell refresh range? Hermitage Akihabara points to Saturday 10th May, in time for the start of the Akihabara (Tokyo electric town) annual late-night sales. This Japanese site also has posted a number of roadmap slides, purportedly from Intel, which provide a quick overview of the new processor features and the Intel 9-Series chipset.

The first chip which is expected to become available is the Intel Core i7-4790K (not just in Japan but in other major markets). As the chips arrive they are expected to replace older Haswell models rather than complement them, offering improved performance at existing prices. Notably the new 9-Series motherboards feature enhancements such as fast M.2 SSD support. Please have a click through the slides to check through the features of the new processors and chipsets.

DigiTimes expects the demand for new Intel 9-Series chipset motherboards to provide a welcome boost to sales for the aforementioned ASUS and Gigabyte. While these major PC component makers have sold about five million motherboards each during Q1 this year industry watchers expect an approximate 10 per cent boost in sales in the coming quarter thanks to the Haswell refresh.

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Might be time to move on from my 2700k then I think
Might be time to move on from my 2700k then I think

Probably not worth it. With things like Mantle,improved DX1 driving threading and DX12,I think your CPU should be fine for a while.
Might be time to move on from my 2700k then I think

I would hold out for Skylake next year considering your system.
Yeah, wait for either DX12 (If your gfx card will support it so NV 4xx series or higher or Amd 7*** series or higher), Haswell Ex - DDR4 quad channel, or Skylake DDR4? and newer tech.
Built a system out of spare parts the other day for my wife. Using a Q9550 Core 2 Quad for the CPU and DDR2 RAM of course. She uses this computer to play modern games and it runs just fine despite it's age. My point is, keep your 2700K. Intel hasn't improved their CPUs enough in the past few generations to matter.