Intel offers new chipsets and refreshed Haswell processors; no word yet on Broadwell

Intel launched its fourth generation Core processors just under a year ago, with the code name Haswell. This week, Intel debuts two new chipsets, along with a refresh of the Haswell processor line that will have faster clock speeds.

Ars Technica reports that the new versions of Haswell from Intel offer a speed boost and that's about it. However, the two new versions of Intel's latest chipset that are being revealed today, the Z97 and H97, have some interesting features that should help storage speeds in Windows and Mac PCs. There's support for the new M.2 specification designed for small form factor SSDs. The design should allow them to have transfer speeds of up to 1 GB per second, thanks to two PCI Express lanes.

The other new storage feature is an update to Intel's Smart Response Technology. This update will allow the chipsets to support hybrid hard drives with a built in SSD containing 16 GB of storage and more, rather than having them as separate drives. This should allow for faster boot up times for PCs.

And what about Broadwell? Intel's next generation Core processor was supposed to start production in the first quarter of 2014 but so far the company has been silent on if that has actually happened. The latest leaked roadmap from Intel indicates that Broadwell, which is being made on an new 14nm process, won't be coming out until late 2014 or early 2015, which means that they will miss the big "back to school" shopping season and possibly the holiday period.

Source: Ars Technica | Image via Intel

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StandingInAlley said,
I'm thinking refreshed Microsoft Surface Pro will be having this perhaps?

Maybe but with all the limited supply issues not to mention all the fuss between the 4200>4300 chipset change within the current SP2, id be surprised if this was the announcement for May 20.

Would be nice to see AMD keeping up with times as a MMO player i hate it that AMD is so inferior due to single core performance being very poor. Some of the really cheap old intels are better than new expensive AMD's for MMO's...

Makes me one sad panda.

A couple years into this gen consoles I think single threaded software will be limited and Im guessing AMD is betting on that right now. But thats just what I think.

Salty Wagyu said,
Can our current SSDs connect to this M.2 Storage via SATA cable, or is a PCI-E SSD required?

Very specialized connector and communication requirements (sata communication is not directly compatible with pcie communication) so you would need an m2 drive to work with it.

I guess this is what will be in the refresh of the Surface Pro 2 that everybody is speculating about for the 20th may press conference

I don't know. They already bumped the CPU up 100MHz and it it quietly. These Haswell refresh CPUs are just 100MHz bumps and that's it.