Intel introduces new Haswell generation

More Haswell for the same money. Intel introduces the approximately 40-member new generation of desktop CPUs.

In the new processor price list (PDF) of Intel are current also 43 new Haswell processors, which outperform the predecessors for the same price. Officially announced the chips were not yet. The sale is expected to start in May.

The refresh takes place about ten months after the presentation of the first Haswell processors. This had Intel introduced on June 1, 2013. Compared to the predecessor generation Ivy Bridge, they offer better energy efficiency and performance, which results from the change to 22 nanometer production. Especially the integrated graphics unit has been significantly accelerated.

Devil's Canyon! The new Haswell CPUs come with a new thermal grease to fix the known problems of their predecessors. However, the 43 new Haswell processors are expected at the earliest from May. Source: Intel

The planned fourth-generation Core i chips, codenamed Devil's Canyon, use a different thermal grease between die and heatspreader. With this, Intel apparently wants to solve the problem that the first Haswell processors under full load tended to overheat or were at least at the same clock significantly hotter than Ivy Bridge CPUs.

The fastest new model for the desktop is the quad-core chip Core i7-4790. It offers a 200 MHz to 3.6 GHz increased base clock compared to the already longer available Core i7-4770. The maximum turbo clock only increases by 100 MHz to 4 GHz. The TDP of 84 watts and the price of $ 303 are identical.

The other new desktop CPUs of the Core i5 and Core i3 series as well as the power-saving and mobile versions do not offer much performance boost compared to their direct predecessors. Because Intel has increased the clock rate on most models only by 100 MHz, which ultimately results in a performance improved by a few percentage points. The same applies to the new Pentium and Celeron processors of the Haswell generation. The Xeon CPUs for servers have not been updated.

After a BIOS or UEFI update, the new releases should also be used in current motherboards of the series 8 with the Socket LGA1150. Alternatively, there are new boards of the series 9. Whether Intel will sell the already available Haswell processor cheaper in the future, is not apparent from the current price list as of 14 April.