This year’s version of Intel’s flagship CPU has 100Mhz speed bump over its predecessor; priced from $47.51 to $326.48.
Intel’s Haswell refresh will soon be upon us, with reliable sources pointing to a launch in week 19 of the year. The refresh isn’t going to be anything too revolutionary — that will have to wait until the new line of “K” SKUs to be announced at Computex in June — but will see clock and turbo speeds (for the i5s and i7s) boosted by 100Mhz. Recently, a price list for the Haswell refresh from an online retailer was spotted in the wild by CPU World giving the first look at what the new chip will cost.
Below is a breakdown in prices from ShopBLT online via CPU World:
On the high end is the Core i7 4790, clocked at 4GHz with 8MB cache, at $326.48. Looking at the bottom of the chart is the Celeron G1840 with its 2.8GHz core speed, 2MB cache, and $47.51 price point. Likely 2013’s silicon will see a price drop after the refreshed Haswell is released.
While a refreshed Haswell is awaited for by some, the more anticipated chip is Haswell-E (the “K” series) which is expected for the third quarter of 2014. Haswell-E will be the first chip to use DDR4 memory and will also use Intel’s 9-series chipset family (X99). The big factor for the adoption rate of Series 9 and the new Haswell-E is DDR4 prices, which will likely be expensive — thanks to the “early adopter tax” — until Skylake and Carrizo are released.
More on the Haswell and Haswell-E refresh will likely be available as the official release date for the two new lineups draws closer.