Select online stores from the Netherlands have begun to take orders onto the top-of-the range Intel Core i7-4770K “Haswell” microprocessors. The shops promise to ship the new chips in late May, several days ahead of the presumable official launch date. The fact that the chips have reached databases of online stores means that Intel Corp. will start shipping new chips shortly from now.
Intel Core i7-4770K is the fastest microprocessor based on Haswell micro-architecture that Intel will have for a while. The chip will feature four x86 cores with Hyper-Threading technology running at default 3.50GHz frequency (3.90GHz Turbo speed), 8MB L2 cache, integrated Intel HD graphics HD 4600 core running at 1.25GHz as well as dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. The new desktop chip will be compatible with LGA1150 sockets and will have thermal design power of 84W.
Although Intel Corp. is on track to introduce its next-generation Core i-series “Haswell” microprocessors for desktops and notebooks in June, the company will limit the amount of chips and mainboards on the market because of the recently transpired glitch with USB 3.0 before it fixes the issue.
“Haswell for desktop (Denlow platform) looks set to launch with cautious volume in June using the faulty C1 stepping, and then to see a stronger ramp once the glitch is worked out. Still, this is more than we had hoped for in June,” said JoAnne Feeney, an analyst with Longbow Research, earlier this month.
Recently it was reported that Intel began to inform its partners that when a PC system with Core i-series “Haswell” and 8-series chipset inside wakes from S3 sleep mode, it experiences issues with devices connected through USB 3.0. Intel seemingly defines the issue only as a nuisance for end users, as there would be no serious unpleasant consequences, such as data loss. In order to solve the issues with USB 3.0, a new chipset revision is required.
At present it is completely unclear when Intel intends to release a new revision of its 8-series chipsets with corrected USB 3.0 operations. Even if Intel already has the new chipset revision at hands, it must test and validate it and only then put it to mass production. In theory, Intel’s partners should be able to start shipping mainboards powered by the new core-logic sets towards the end of summer.
Intel Haswell microprocessors for mainstream desktops and laptops will be structurally similar to existing Core i-series "Sandy Bridge" and "Ivy Bridge" chips and will continue to have two or four cores with Hyper-Threading technology along with graphics adapter that shares last level cache (LLC) with processing cores and works with memory controller via system agent. On the micro-architectural level the Haswell chip is almost completely different compared to available solutions thanks to significantly improved parallelism as well as numerous new instructions to speed up specific workloads. The processors that belong to the Haswell generation will continue to rely on dual-channel DDR3/DDR3L memory controller with DDR power gating support to trim idle power consumption. The chip will have three PCI Express 3.0 controllers, Intel Turbo Boost technology with further improvements and so on.
Intel's fourth-generation Core i-series "Haswell" microprocessors are already in production. The first chips from the new family are projected to be unleashed in June, 2013.
Intel did not comment on the news-story.