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Intel Corp. has, apparently, once again revised its plans when it comes to desktop microprocessors. Instead of leaping directly to Skylake microprocessors from chips currently known as Haswell Refresh (due in 2014), Intel decided to introduce code-named Broadwell chips for desktops as well. But while Broadwell and Haswell Refresh chips will be compatible with Intel 9-series chipsets, the latter will not support existing Haswell offerings.

Roadmaps of both leading makers of x86 microprocessors seem to change quickly these days. Late last year it transpired that Intel Corp. had no plans to release its next-generation code-named Broadwell microprocessors in LGA packaging for mainstream desktop personal computers. The latest documents that emerged on the Internet suggest that the chipmaker has reversed its plans and there will be Broadwell chips in LGA form-factor. But there is a catch: Intel’s 9-series chipsets will support both Broadwell LGA and Haswell Refresh microprocessors, but will lack support of current-generation Core i-series 4000-family “Haswell” central processing units.

Intel plans to introduce its next-generation mainstream desktop platform currently known as Haswell Refresh – which will rely on 9-series core-logic set and improved Core i “Haswell” chips – sometimes in the second half of 2014. At present it is unclear when exactly the world’s largest chipmaker intends to release Broadwell LGA chips, but this could happen sometimes in 2015. What is important is that HSW-R and BRW products will need different 1.05V power source and dissimilar power supply requirements, which directly affect backwards compatibility, reports VR-Zone web-site, which also has published excerpts from Intel documents.

As a result, it looks like current-generation “Haswell” microprocessors from Intel will not fit into mainboards that support Haswell Refresh and Broadwell chips, despite of the fact that the latter will also use LGA1150 sockets.

What remains to be seen is how Intel’s desktop roadmap will look from now on. It is logical to assume that Haswell Refresh platform will be the best desktop offering from Intel in calendar 2014, whereas Broadwell chips will emerge in 2015. Quite naturally, this places Intel’s Skylake micro-architecture powered CPUs into 2016, a delay from originally expected 2015.

Intel 9-series chipsets, which will include such core-logic sets as Z97 and H97 as well as derivatives, will support SATA Express interface for high-speed storage devices, which will bolster performance of high-end SSDs that are currently limited by SATA-6Gb/s. In addition, the core-logic series will support all-new Intel device protection technology with boot guard, which will enhance platform security against low-level malware attacks.

The SATA Express technology will provide a cost-effective means to increase device interface speeds to 8Gb/s and 16Gb/s. The specification will define new device and motherboard connectors that will support both new SATA Express and current SATA devices. The SATA Express connectors will maintain backwards compatibility with current SATA cables and will allow plugging both existing hard drives as well as future SATA Express PCIe-based devices.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Intel, Haswell Refresh, Broadwell, 14nm, Haswell, LGA1150, Serial ATA, Serial ATA Express, SATA Express, PCI Express, SSD, PCIe, 22nm


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Discussion started: 08/29/13 03:38:20 PM
Latest comment: 07/13/16 11:16:09 AM
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Intel did not comments on the news-story.

although my english are not very well, I think that there is a typo here.
either did not comment,
or did no comments.

I might be wrong though
1 0 [Posted by: Yorgos  | Date: 08/29/13 03:38:20 PM]
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Thanks for sharp eyes! Corrected.
1 0 [Posted by: Anton  | Date: 08/29/13 05:45:51 PM]

Why should Intel rush Skylake to market in poor economic conditions, changing markets and Microsoft Windows fail? AMD shouldn't be in a great hurry either until at least after XP support finishes and Microsoft can come up with a viable OS for businesses.
0 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 08/29/13 07:04:29 PM]
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Because it would be too long without a product. Broadwell will be probably released in late 2014 because even if the haswell refresh rumour/leak is correct it had placed the refresh release in Q2 (Intel never confirmed it so this article is wrong in saying Intel "changed" any stance, they had no such stance at all to change it).

It makes perfect sense for Broadwell LGA to be released late 2014 because it's what one would expect to be the distance from Haswell's release.

Plot an excel graph of release dates and see it.
0 0 [Posted by: Curzon Dax  | Date: 09/12/13 04:18:29 AM]

Happy to hear that they are no longer implementing a BGA only policy. I currently have an Ivy bridge gaming system and I was looking at possibly upgrading to a Haswell setup which I was expecting to keep a while if they made Broadwell BGA only. However, it now sounds like I would be better off waiting until the Haswell refresh and 9-series chipset since the current Haswell systems will be obsolete and non-upgradable after one year.
1 0 [Posted by: Joel Brown  | Date: 08/29/13 08:06:23 PM]
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"...the current Haswell systems will be obsolete and non-upgradable after one year."

This is one of the major reasons I buy AMD CPUs. Platform longevity. You can pretty well always count on two and sometimes three generations of CPU to run on an AMD motherboard. My socket AM3+ Gigabyte board had a Phenom II, now it has a Piledriver FX-8350, and it looks like AMD will be making an AM3+ version of their Steamroller CPU, too. I really appreciate saving that ~$300-$400 I didn't have to spend on two more motherboards over that time.
3 2 [Posted by: anubis44  | Date: 08/29/13 09:42:36 PM]
I see your point, however, with the processing power of today's CPU there is much less reason to perform inplace CPU upgrades like this. I have a SandyBridge-E and have no plans on dropping in an IvyBridge-E upgrade; there is just no point. We are talking small percentages of performance increase that is generally only seen in a benchmark utility. I will probably keep my current workstation build clear into 2015/2016 at this point.
2 0 [Posted by: CosmoJoe  | Date: 08/29/13 11:13:57 PM]
Yeah but AMD does it, because they have to: when AMD hat the performance lead, they changed Plattforms every year (754, 939, 940,AM2...) - if they do that today, noone would buy AMD.
So I suggested AMD Systems are overall cheaper to buy and keep now, but that is a wrong suggestion:
My 2008 Core i7 is (220€), after 5 years still faster then everything you can buy from AMD. So even though the plattform of 2008 was declined after 1 year, it is still more actual, performant then that of a 3-times upgraded AM3.
So longevity is on both sides: i have it on AMD, as I can upgrade several years, or I have it with Intel, where I can buy and have enough performance from the start - for several years.

Still I have to say it sucks that they don't even make the small jump from Haswell to Broadwell easy. Not that it really matters, who has Haswell will not need the expected small performance boost of BW but it could be a nice option
1 0 [Posted by: Rollora  | Date: 08/30/13 01:58:24 PM]

Happy to hear that they are no longer implementing a BGA only policy. I currently have an Ivy bridge gaming system and I was looking at possibly upgrading to a Haswell setup which I was expecting to keep a while if they made Broadwell BGA only. However, it now sounds like I would be better off waiting until the Haswell refresh and 9-series chipset since the current Haswell systems will be obsolete and non-upgradable after one year.
2 0 [Posted by: Joel Brown  | Date: 08/30/13 01:06:47 AM]
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Déjà vu
0 0 [Posted by: redhavoc  | Date: 08/30/13 12:45:27 PM]
They had never confirmed that manufactured rumour so there is no "no longer". A bunch of bad journalists manufactured the rumour based on a leak. The leak even placed the Haswell refresh on Q2, hence EVEN if it's correct, it still makes perfect sense that Broadwell will be released in late 2014.
0 0 [Posted by: Curzon Dax  | Date: 09/12/13 04:15:13 AM]

Good. It means Sandy Bridge will be perfectly fine for at least three more years. PC gaming is cheaper than ever.
1 0 [Posted by: Harry Lloyd  | Date: 08/30/13 03:41:30 PM]

I'm still using a 2500K/7970Ghz in my main rig, why would I even bother buying the latest cores,boards etc when my current components run everything @ only a few % slower than the top end newer components

And I get to keep the $500 in my
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 09/01/13 10:35:21 AM]

Intel changed nothing. It had never confirmed the rumor. Also, even if the leak was correct it placed the refresh on Q2. It makes perfect sense based on past history to release Broadwell later in 2014.
0 0 [Posted by: Curzon Dax  | Date: 09/12/13 04:11:55 AM]


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