Intel Core “Haswell Refresh” Chips Not Expected to Bring Significant Performance Improvements - Specs

First Specifications of Core i-Series “Haswell Refresh” Processors Get Published

by Anton Shilov
12/10/2013 | 11:10 PM

A web-site has published what it claims to be specifications of the first chips that will belong to the so-called Haswell Refresh product family. Apparently, the new central processing units will not bring any significant performance improvements compared to existing offerings due to the fact that the new chips are only 100MHz faster than existing products.


Sometimes in the second quarter of 2014 the world’s largest chipmaker will introduce four new performance Haswell Refresh products – Core i7-4790, Core i5-4690, Core i5-4590 as well as Core i5-4460 – in addition to one low-power “S” model and two reduced-power “T” models, reports Chinese VR-Zone web-site. The more advanced unlocked Core i7 microprocessor (Core i7-4790K?) is predicted to be made available in Q3 2014.

The higher-performing chips based on Haswell micro-architecture will replace existing processors on the market (e.g., Core i7-4790 will replace both Core i7-4770 and 4771), just like refresh products are supposed to do.

Given that Intel’s “Haswell Refresh” central processing units as well as Intel’s next-generation 9-series core-logic sets due in 2014 are not expected to bring any noteworthy performance improvements and innovations, it is safe to say that only next-generation Broadwell or even Skylake chips will truly boost performance by a significant margin.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.