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Intel Corp. plans to formally launch its next-generation Core i-series “Haswell” central processing units only in June, but mainboard makers seem to be ready for the new chip well ahead of the official launch. Asrock, one of the world’s largest makers of motherboards, plans to demonstrate its platforms with LGA1150 sockets already next week at CeBIT trade-show.

At the world’s largest IT exhibition, Asrock intends to show off mainboards powered by Intel’s upcoming 8-series chipset, such as Z87 Extreme6, Z87 Pro4-M, H87 Pro4 and B85M. Unfortunately, due to restrictions by the chip designer, the mainboards will only be present statically and will not demonstrate work of code-named Haswell microprocessors. Nonetheless, given that the design of actual motherboards is ready, Asrock may start sales of the platforms as soon as it is allowed to.

Based on the lineup of LGA1150 mainboards that Asrock intends to show at CeBIT, it is clear that the company wants to target performance-enthusiasts, multimedia-interested users as well as business customers with its platforms for Intel Core i-series 4000-family “Haswell” microprocessors.

Other makers of mainboards will likely follow Asrock and demonstrate their Intel 8-series chipsets-based motherboards with LGA1150 sockets at the upcoming trade-show next week.


Asrock mainboards. Images for illustrative purposes only

It is rather noteworthy that Asrock has not announced any kind of demonstration of Intel’s next-generation high-end desktop (HEDT) platform for Core i7 Extreme “Ivy Bridge-E” chips in a new LGA2011 packaging. It appears, that the new ultra high-end desktop platform from Intel is still pretty far away.

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 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.

Tags: Asrock, Intel, Haswell, Core, 22nm

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ASRock sure has come a long way since their AMD 939 days. I still have a machine running the ASRock Dual SATA-II (AGP & PCI-E mobo). I think that was really the board that put them on the map.
0 0 [Posted by: LedHed  | Date: 03/01/13 08:30:32 PM]
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What is the successor to the ultra-high end desktop chipset after Ivy Bridge-E and X79? What is it called? Could Haswell LGA1150 be for both the mainstream and ultra-high end desktop market segments? I can't find it on Google. Will LGA1150 mainboards surpass Asus Rampage IV Formula with LGA2011 socket from two years ago in performance? Will Intel skip Ivy Bridge-E ?
0 0 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 03/01/13 09:40:57 PM]
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Mainstream and high-end are just on different debut schedule cycles apart by 8 months, they don't overlap or succeed each other. LGA1150 only succeeds LGA1155.

Haswell mainstream will arrive in summer 2013, Ivy-E later in the year for X79, then next summer 2014 we'll see if those Broadwell solder rumors are true or not. If they end up true, then you'll see enthusiasts migrate to Haswell-E in X99 chipset later next year-- that will succeed X79, so we still have another 18 months or so for that.

That said, if you run a program that doesn't use all the cores available in a 6-core processor, then of course Core i7-4770K will seem faster than i7-3970X, just like 2600K did to 990X; doesn't mean they succeed each other though. It is about what you do; though it is only a matter of time before another feels threatened by new stuff.
0 0 [Posted by: lehpron  | Date: 03/04/13 01:28:06 AM]
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Ah, the X99, never heard of it. Thanks. Then I will purchase the fastest X79 motherboard the Asus Rampage IV Formula.
0 0 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 03/04/13 07:58:07 AM]
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Show me the delta. The increase in performance between 1366-1155/2011 is non-existent/minimal resp. PLEASE, lets have a real reason to upgrade. All things considered we are going to anyway hope we have a real "cpu" reason too.
0 1 [Posted by: oldDummy  | Date: 03/02/13 11:24:55 AM]
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If Haswell processors have integrated VRMs, why those motherboards have all those heatsinks?
They do not have northbridge and now they are left without VRM. There's nothing on the board! Just the southbridge and any additional chip for extra features like more USB ports, RAID, Giga Ethernet or whatever. Those things don't use more than 5W.

And the notebook version of Haswell also has the southbridge integrated, so there's even less things on the motherboard.
0 0 [Posted by: Filiprino  | Date: 03/02/13 12:10:34 PM]
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See the note under the picture? I don't know if it is the real Haswell board.
0 0 [Posted by: Tukee44  | Date: 03/03/13 07:00:43 AM]
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Haswell has integrated VRM controllers. This provides more accurate voltage demand, control, and censoring... basically making the chip much more energy efficient.
VRMs are still on the motherboard.
1 0 [Posted by: Spiral  | Date: 03/03/13 06:14:56 PM]
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