Intel has added its Haswell refresh processors to the official desktop and mobile price lists. In all there are 26 new desktop processors and 17 aimed at mobile computers. From previous reports we expect these new chips to become purchasable in early May.
The refresh doesn't really bring anything new to the table but offers users, in general, slightly faster processors at the same price as their 2013 Haswell predecessors. Yes, as a refresh these are replacements rather than additions to the Haswell chip portfolio. Many of the 43 new chips in the official price listings offer about 100MHz greater clock speed.
The cheapest new desktop processor is the Celeron G1840 which offers two cores, two threads with 2MB of L3 cache, it runs at 2.8GHz (just like the old G1830) and costs $42. At the other end of the scale there is the 3.6 GHz Core i7-4790 with four cores and eight threads and 8MB of L3 cache which runs at 3.6GHz and costs $303. Intel also offers a couple of lower clocked, lower wattage variations of this 84W i7 chip at the same price; the 4790S (65W TDP) and the 4790T (45W).
Looking at the new mobile chips, these on average have been given more generous clock speed boosts of up to 200MHz. The new mobile lineup starts with the only sub-$100 processors, the 2.2GHz Celeron 2970M, priced at $75. The priciest mobile Haswell refresh part is the Core i7-4760HQ with four cores, eight threads, 6MB L3 cache and a base clock speed of 2.1GHz, it's listed at $434.
ComputerBase.de has published the new Intel price list for the Haswell refresh desktop and mobile range in full. Notably the mobile list includes details on the turbo speeds and GPUs in each part. It reminds us we will have to wait until summer to see some "genuine innovations" when Intel is expected to unveil Devil's Canyon processors with an improved thermal interface material (TIM) between the heat spreader and die, among other tweaks.