Intel reportedly shipping Haswell chip to PC OEMs

Intel's next generation PC processor is apparently ready for prime time. A new story claims, via unnamed sources, that units of the processor, which goes by the code name Haswell, have started shipping to the large PC OEMs.

CNet.com reports that while Intel won't confirm that Haswell shipments have begun, the company is expected to make that move official sometime next week during the Intel Developers Forum in Beijing. PC makers are expected to start selling the first products with Haswell chips inside this June.

The processor is being made based on the same 22nm manufacturing process that the current Intel Ivy Bridge chips use but is based on a new design that it is supposed to be much more power efficient. Indeed, there are rumors that the upcoming Windows Blue-8.1 OS update from Microsoft will work with Haswell-based PCs to help notebooks and convertibles use less power than current Windows 8-based devices.

Currently, the Intel Core i7 chips based on Haswell are supposed to have four processor cores and eight threads with eight MB of cache, while the slower Core i5 versions are supposed to have four cores, four threads and six MB of cache.

Intel is also supposed to launch processors based on Bay Trail, the successor to the current Clover Trail processor made for Windows 8-based tablets, sometime before the end of 2013.

Source: CNet | Image via Intel

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Will this work on my Asus P8Z77-V LK motherboard (latest bios)? I currently have a Intel Core i7 3770 but if I wanted to upgrade to this in a few years time would it be possible? or do I require a new motherboard (yes I know the haswell cpu is not out yet)?

RAMPAGE V EXTREME!!!!!! (R5E)

THIS IS IT LUIGI! Remember where there's smoke................

edit: crap nevermind... this isn't it rumor has it you can't remove haswell from the board (soldered on) baaaaaaaaaaah... I was probably thinking IB-E

Edited by Izlude, Apr 6 2013, 12:07am :

So, I don't understand this 'tick' / 'tock' business, is this a "larger" upgrade compared to Sandy (IIRC?) to Ivy Bridge or simply better power consumption.

Alladaskill17 said,
So, I don't understand this 'tick' / 'tock' business, is this a "larger" upgrade compared to Sandy (IIRC?) to Ivy Bridge or simply better power consumption.

In usual terms, yes -- This would be where we see a giant jump in performance.

But this time, they put all their efforts into lowering the power consumption of the CPU.

While this is good (Actually, it's vital for intel to do this if they want to have any chance to have a foot in the mobile market), this ain't all good for us with 'ye olde average PCs'.

Think of the upgrade from 1st gen Core series to Sandy bridge, the performance jump was quite impressive, but this one is rather 'meh'.

Alladaskill17 said,
So, I don't understand this 'tick' / 'tock' business, is this a "larger" upgrade compared to Sandy (IIRC?) to Ivy Bridge or simply better power consumption.

Tick-Tock is actually a brilliant model of CPU development that has been established in 2007 in Intel to drive innovation. Every year there has to be a tick or tock, where
tick == shrinking of current design
tock == new CPU design

Tick-Tock is IMHO one of the key reasons that Intel was able to dominate the x86-market since 2007 as it really forced AMD into the corner...

ok, so what do they give us over the existing line of CPU's other than some power savings?

Sounds like they are designed more for tablets and laptops than desktops.
No innovation or higher speeds etc.

Sounds like a non-event.

notchinese said,
The low-power market is by far Intel's biggest concern, as it should be. They have no competition in the high end market.

Haha, good one.
IBM's POWER CPUs are far faster and better than intel's offerings.

According to the Tom's Hardware review it's about 7-13% faster than Ivy
Bridge clock for clock. Not sure what more you want...

what? I'm not allowed to comment on a neowin news article, without researching everything else about the discussion on the internet before I make a comment?

regardless, my comment still stands. This has pretty much no benefit for desktop users.

It would seem to be more a defence against ARM processors/surface style tablets, than a benefit or improvement for existing power users.

n_K said,

Haha, good one.
IBM's POWER CPUs are far faster and better than intel's offerings.

These are CONSUMER CPUs. I never said Intel had the fastest CPU in existence. In the consumer segment Intel has no equal. You know that is what I was referring to, there was no need to respond with a smartass comment like that.

dvb2000 said,
ok, so what do they give us over the existing line of CPU's other than some power savings?

A maybe-broken USB3 controller? Apparently current USB3 controllers weren't bad enough...

n_K said,

Haha, good one.
IBM's POWER CPUs are far faster and better than intel's offerings.

Intel has no concern about POWER arch (tell us what POWER's market share is?). Also, Intel has no competition from AMD. The shift to ARM based mobile devices and decline in PC sale are Intel's concern.

n_K said,

Haha, good one.
IBM's POWER CPUs are far faster and better than intel's offerings.

And why would Intel compete with IBM's POWER - how of these chips do IBM ship per year? Intel's concern is the consumer shift to mobile devices and decline in PC sale. They are now moving themselves to position against ARM, and ARM arch only advantage to date has been power efficiency.

dvb2000 said,
what? I'm not allowed to comment on a neowin news article, without researching everything else about the discussion on the internet before I make a comment?

regardless, my comment still stands. This has pretty much no benefit for desktop users.

It would seem to be more a defence against ARM processors/surface style tablets, than a benefit or improvement for existing power users.

Ok, maybe I was being a bit blunt and I apologise. But you just seem to think its all power savings, but being a tock in Intels strategy there will be a performance boost as well additional power savings. TSX should see performance gains once software starts making use of it.

dvb2000 said,
what? I'm not allowed to comment on a neowin news article, without researching everything else about the discussion on the internet before I make a comment?users.
Unfortunately, yes, you're allowed to spread negativity based on ignorance.

Majesticmerc said,

FYI "refresh" isn't part of the name, nor is "Retina".

Retina is, it's MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Although Retina isn't a stupid feature name, in my opinion,


To me I think the "with Retina" thing is sort of like saying "Toyota Prius, with Air Conditioning". I would still say the name of the product is "Macbook Pro", but it just has an optional extra (the retina display).

Meh *shrug*