updated 06:23 pm EDT, Sat June 1, 2013
First round of mobile processors all i7, quad core
Intel has revealed specifications for the "Haswell" chip line expected to launch this week. According to Intel, the new chips require less cooling, and draw less power than equivalently speedy Ivy Bridge processors available at retail now. The full line of Haswell chips, save one with a ball grid array, is expected to be seen at retail in the coming month.
In addition to the energy savings, and as previously discussed, the new line of Intel processors are boosted with a new graphics processor. The new processor demands a new chipset, supplanting the old 6- and 7- series chipsets which were compatible with both Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors. The new LGA 1150 socket is expected to be compatible going forward with the "Broadwell" chipset, expected after Haswell.
The first chips released for the desktop are five varieties of the i7-4770 processor, and a single i7-4765T. All six processors are quad core, with eight parallel threads. TDP varies between 35W and 84W, with speeds ranging from 2.0GHz to 2.5GHz base and 3.0Ghz to 3.8GHz turbo. The new Intel HD 4600 graphics chipset is on all of the desktop processors, save the i7-4770R, which will not be available at retail, and will be embedded in BGA (Ball Grid Array) only.
Desktop chips will also be available in six i5 varieties, all quad-core with four parallel threads. TDP has the same range as the i7 processors. Speeds range from 2.3GHz through 3.4GHz base, and 2.9GHz through 3.8GHz Turbo. All models of i5 processors use the HD 4600 graphical chipset.
All of the laptop CPUs are i7, all quad core, with eight parallel threads. TDP ranges from 37W to 57W, with speeds ranging from 2.0GHz through 3.0GHz base, and a turbo speed range of 2.9GHz to 3.7GHz. Most of the mobile chips come with the Intel HD 4600 graphical chipset, two ship with the HD 5200, and one with the Iris Pro 5200 chipset.