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Intel Corp.’s next-generation microprocessors code-named Broadwell will be made using 14nm process technology and will be more power efficient, yet will not be significantly different compared to existing Haswell products on the micro-architectural level. Nonetheless, the forthcoming chips will be quite different compared to the existing ones, according to the first details that have emerge on the web.

The first code-named Broadwell microprocessors for desktop personal computers will emerge during the holiday refresh (HR) cycle towards the end of 2014 in the form of so-called Broadwell-K chips aimed at enthusiasts. Just like existing Core i-series “Haswell-K” central processing units (CPUs), the Broadwell-K chips will feature unlocked multiplier as well as multiple adjustment knobs for enthusiasts to tweak performance. However, in addition to already existing functions and capabilities, Broadwell-K will also feature high-performance integrated graphics, according to CPU World web-site.

Current-generation Intel Core i7-4770K and Core i5-4670K microprocessors feature Intel HD Graphics 4600 (20 execution units at up to 1.25GHz) with moderate performance. Highest-performing Iris Graphics Pro 5200 (40 execution units with on-package eDRAM cache memory) graphics engine is found only on select CPUs designed for laptops and all-in-one desktops.

By contrast, next-generation Intel Core i7 “K” and Core i5 “K” chips that will belong to Broadwell-K generation will feature fully-fledged Iris Graphics Pro with high number of execution units with 128MB on-package eDRAM cache memory to boost graphics performance.

The most advanced current versions of Iris graphics engines support DirectX 11.1+ (with additional DX extensions), OpenGL 4.1, OpenCL 1.* as well as features like Intel Quick Sync Video technology, MPEG and JPEG decode acceleration, 4K UltraHD display resolution output, 3-screen collage mode display mode and so one. Next-generation Iris graphics engine will most probably be more advanced than existing ones. Perhaps, the new graphics cores will gain HEVC/H.265 decoder, OpenCL 2.0 support or new DirectX extensions.

Intel Core i7 “Broadwell-K” will feature four cores with Hyper-Threading and TurboBoost technologies as well as 8MB last-level cache. Intel Core i5 “Broadwell-K” will sport four cores with TurboBoost technology as well as 6MB last-level cache.


Tags: Intel, Iris, Broadwell, Haswell, Core, Denlow, 22nm, Crystallwell


Comments currently: 19
Discussion started: 11/22/13 05:01:21 PM
Latest comment: 07/13/16 10:58:33 AM
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And again, with the Intel "Pro" graphics, NO, just the cores, and extra cores Intel! Do you not hear the gamers, Intel needs something (K) with 8 cores, in a consumer SKU (desktop and Laptop), your Intel graphics is not wanted on mid to high end gaming rigs! Keep trying to, TIFKAM style, shove your graphics on people, and see the badwill it brings! Thank goodness Intel is not inside 99% of the tablets/phones! One day, Intel you will be begging to get your CPUs into products, any product, but your past will, and is, coming back to bite you in the gluteus maximus, and a fat gluteus maximus at that. More cores, and take that eDRAM, and turn it into larger caches for those cores!
2 2 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 11/22/13 05:01:21 PM]
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> take that eDRAM, and turn it into larger caches for those cores!

It already works like this in the current models. It's just not obvious, because you can't buy them and if they're tested, it's in some TDP-limited mobile form. Which makes clock-for-clock comparisons difficult.
0 0 [Posted by: sanity  | Date: 11/24/13 07:53:15 AM]
" Do you not hear the gamers, Intel needs something (K) with 8 cores"

Hardly any games use more than 4 cores, most are pretty much dual threaded, some are even still running on a single thread. It's totally pointless to add a bunch of cores when the programmers can't utilize them properly. >4 cores are still only relevant to people using productivity applications that actually use these cores.
0 0 [Posted by: Joe Public  | Date: 01/24/14 05:50:31 AM]

The Edram will be allowed to run all opencl code on die, and away from main memory. that's the plan at least.. it already allows for full caching of quicksync.

however, if this does not come true as intended.. yeah i'd like to see a gpu-less cpu. but don't hold your breath on consumer level 6/8 core intel chips under 600$.. never will happen until amd actually does something interesting such as build a full decoder and fpu for each of its fake 8 core cpus.
0 0 [Posted by: amdzorz  | Date: 11/22/13 05:24:46 PM]

8 cores Intel please!
2 1 [Posted by: SuperBeautifulNoise  | Date: 11/22/13 06:41:42 PM]
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Wait for Haswell-E wink wink nudge nudge. Probably going to be $1k though since HSW-E is going to be both 6 and 8 cores. My guess is the 5960X will be 8 cores and the 5930 will be 6 cores.
0 0 [Posted by: AnonymousGuy  | Date: 11/24/13 04:47:38 AM]

not going to happen as long as the extreme editions are around, because that's intels way of marketing their highend cpu's with more cache, more cores and no gpu on chip. if intel did this with their regular core i5's and i7's there would be no reason to have an extreme edition in their lineup anymore.
0 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 11/22/13 09:05:28 PM]

The extreme editions are consumer chips, the Xeon CPUs are the server/enterprise/workstation chips! Intel needs to move its low end Xeon chips up to 10 cores, with no Xeon SKUs below 10 cores! It needs to make a 8 core Extreme i7 chip with a unlocked SKU, and move core i7 non-extreme to 6 cores, with an unlocked SKU, for that 6 core i7 SKU, and a 4 core mid range i7. Right now the low end Xeon core counts(6) overlap with the consumer extreme editions, and Intel does not want any competition between consumer extreme editions and the low end Xeon SKUs. Intel shold also offer a 4 core low power non-hyperthreaded i7 for macbook air/ultrawhatever laptops, instead of a dual core hyperthreaded i7. If Intel can not keep up the preformence pace of its flagship consumer SKUs with die shrinks, then it needs to do so with core counts, at last until it can get its 14nm process ducks in order! I would love to be able to get a regular form factor laptop with a 6 core hyperthreaded mobile core i7(W/O Intrigrated GPU) and a descrete GPU.
0 0 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 11/22/13 11:31:19 PM]

Nobody in this world wants Intel graphics controller. Instead bring CPUs with more cores at affordable prices. Intel had ego problems with AMDs APUs graphics performance. Stop chasing ego, bring more cores Intel.
1 1 [Posted by: tks  | Date: 11/23/13 01:10:17 AM]
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Actually I would rather more speed than more cores, Hell it's bad enough trying to find software that can utilise 2-4 cores let alone the 6 I already have!
Give me 5ghz 4-6 core over a 3.4ghz 8 core any day, Less need to overclock for cpu bottleneck in high end gaming.
0 0 [Posted by: ozegamer  | Date: 04/14/14 04:01:37 PM]

And when has intel ever listened to what the pro consumer wants, they are only interested in selling to joe average who only ever uses the joke that is IE with the occasional game of solitaire

I really resent having to pay for intel 'graphics' when I buy a CPU, maybe thats why I haven't bothered buying again since my 2500K and wont be in the foreseeable future
0 1 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 11/23/13 04:09:47 AM]
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Why not go AMD Heterogeneous? At least the graphics does more than show pictures - it boosts the CPU.
1 3 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/23/13 09:41:59 AM]
I think so too...i7 2600k
0 0 [Posted by: Emilio R. Cetina  | Date: 12/15/13 12:00:38 AM]

Intel's Nvidia x86 killer. Farewell Mr Huang. Intel no longer needs you in order to compete with AMD.
1 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/23/13 08:18:58 AM]

A lot of shouting about how mainstream Intel CPUs need more cores and no GPU on here. Possibly because you who are on here are not the primary target market?

Most desktop CPUs end up in corporate, home office and internet PCs - not high end gaming rigs. That sort of machine very rarely works more than 2 cores hard and generally doesn't have a discrete high end graphics card, so they are serving that market pretty well with reduced power consumption and better graphics. Intel have very little competition to drive them to target the high end enthusiast market with cheap CPUs and are probably very happy with the crazy prices they sell the 'extreme' series CPUs at.
0 0 [Posted by: Prosthetic_Head  | Date: 01/22/14 03:04:16 PM]

ps: anyone else find it interesting that both Intel and especially AMD consumer CPUs are becoming more and more like SoCs with each generation?

Most importantly: is there a genuine technical advantage to tightly integrating components which must work together? - yes!

but also:
Does Intel want to use its high end CPU monopoly to sell you other components such as GPU, whether you want them or not?
Does AMD want to compete on graphics since their CPUs are at best mid-range & it fits the console market very well?

0 0 [Posted by: Prosthetic_Head  | Date: 01/22/14 03:09:49 PM]

1) For my high-end machine, I have no interest in an integrated GPU. Use the space for something else.

I also want lots of cores (8+, not counting hyper-threading).

My "top" machine is used for gaming and non-gaming (lots of cores are sometimes wanted for the latter).

Even for gaming, I'm hoping that future software efforts will take advantage of as many cores as are available (although, admittedly, CPU processing may not be a bottleneck for games.

2) For my HTPC, I want an (i5+) NUC with the following features:

A) A "strong" integrated GPU (since it will occasionally perform gaming or similar functions).

B) H.265 support (obviously, I mean hardware).

Will any Broadwell NUC processors support H265, or must I wait for Skylake (or an AMD processor)?

I don't want a NUC without H.265 support. Lack of H.265 largely defeats the point of having the NUC.

0 0 [Posted by: Bannerdog  | Date: 05/17/14 04:43:09 AM]


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