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As a consequence of alleged poor yields of chips made using 14nm fabrication process, Intel Corp. has reconsidered its plans regarding the launch of its next-generation high-performance microprocessors based on the Broadwell micro-architecture. Based on the new launch schedule, quad-core versions of the Broadwell products will only emerge on the market in the third quarter of 2015.

Just several months ago it was expected that Intel will release the Broadwell-K microprocessors with four cores, high-performance graphics engines and unlocked multipliers in late 2014. Then Intel delayed the new central processing units and it was expected that they will become available on the market during the ww21 2015 – ww26 2015 launch window (mid-May – late-June, 2015), in the second quarter of next year. Apparently, the world’s largest chipmaker will deliver the highly-expected enthusiast-class processors even later.

According to a new availability guidance from Intel, which was published by Chinese VR-Zone web-site, the Broadwell-H/Broadwell-K processors for desktops and high-performance notebooks will hit the market between the 29th and the 36th weeks of 2015, which is mid-July – early-September.

It is necessary to note that according to an Intel’s desktop CPU roadmap published by the same source, the company plans to release its next-generation processors based on the Skylake micro-architecture in Q2 2014. The Skylake-S microprocessors will not feature unlocked multiplier and will thus not be aimed at overclockers and enthusiasts. Still, they will exist in the Core i7 and the Core i5 versions, which means that their performance will be rather high.

It is unclear why Intel plans to position the Broadwell chips above the Skylake products. The latter will feature more advanced micro-architecture and will likely offer better performance at the same frequencies. Besides, platforms for the Skylake processors are expected to be much more progressive than Intel’s Z97 or H97 aimed at the Haswell Refresh and Devil’s Canyon offerings..

Intel did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: news, Intel, Broadwell, Core, Pentium, Celeron, BDW, Broadwell-H, Broadwell-K, Skylake, Skylake-S, 14nm


Comments currently: 18
Discussion started: 07/17/14 06:36:34 AM
Latest comment: 10/16/16 08:01:09 PM
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They should just skip desktop Broadwell entirely. What is the point of having unlocked Broadwell CPUs, and locked Skylake CPUs? That seems stupid.
2 1 [Posted by: Harry Lloyd  | Date: 07/17/14 06:36:34 AM]

It is likely that Intel wants to bemuse consumers so they can less and less differentiate between different generations of platforms and processors over time. This would make Intel's R&D activities (cost) more independent from sales (revenues)

In an Intel-perfect world, some dumbasses stand in front of the shelves moaning "muaahhh i7....want to" no matter what's inside...
0 1 [Posted by: Kairos  | Date: 07/17/14 09:43:29 AM]

It doesn't seem to make sense that Skylake would be released at the same time as Broadwell. Most likely, Skylake will be delayed to mid-2016 to let Broadwell have the market to itself for about a year.
2 1 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 07/17/14 09:42:11 PM]
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Agreed. Probably why Intel decided to do Haswell refresh in the first place.
0 0 [Posted by: trumpet-205  | Date: 07/19/14 06:48:16 PM]
Or Intel will milk Broadwell-K longer and release Skylake for Notebooks and desktop low power (<65W variants). In other words, because they missed the timeline with BW-K, they will delay SK-K for us desktop PC enthusiasts so they can milk each of these generations for 12 months+.
0 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 07/22/14 03:26:54 PM]

The 4790 is available now, and beats the stock 4770K.
Once you overclock though it is a different story.
The 4790K should be interesting.
0 2 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 07/18/14 06:12:02 AM]
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Again some intellectually challenged person gives me a thumbs down for posting facts.
A valid argument behind your reasoning would be of more use!
0 1 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 07/19/14 06:08:53 PM]
But we shouldn't have a situation where a previous generation architecture BW-K outperforms a next generation Skylake architecture. The last time this happened when Intel moved from Pentium 4 to early Prescott and those CPUs sucked. Intel should just launch BW-K and replace with Skylake-K even if BW-K lasts only 6 months instead of milking it and purposely delaying Skylake-K.
0 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 07/22/14 03:28:43 PM]

It's proof that Intel is running out of ideas to sell chips. They isn't much reason for anybody to buy Intel CPUs today that ain't $50 or $200, and they are barely better than the chips they replaced 3 years ago. And said chips 3 years ago are already overkill for most people where a 6 year old C2D would suffice.

Even catering for an extreme niche of consumer users with more cores but a full generation behind mainstream parts seems pretty dumb.
0 1 [Posted by: Randomguy  | Date: 07/20/14 12:03:17 PM]
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Pretty much. Since 2600K came out in January 2011, Intel has noting for 98% of users that's worth buying. An overlocked 4790K cannot beat an overclocked 2600K in games either by more than 5%. Total waste. At least Intel is dropping the 6 core to $430 with X99, at least some bright light.
0 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 07/22/14 03:29:52 PM]

no performance crown race anymore no need to come up with new innovative technologies so quickly anymore. the lack of competition does that.
0 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 07/22/14 12:37:14 PM]
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But but all those Intel fanbois kept saying that Intel needed to compete with itself and entice PC gamers to upgrade so AMD wasn't needed. Reall sad state of affairs. On the bright side I now don't have to upgrade form Intel's CPUs for 4-5 years which means I have all the money left over for SSDs and GPUs.
0 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 07/22/14 03:31:00 PM]


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