Leaked slides have highlighted Intel's plans for mid-range Haswell parts and new Ivy Bridge-based Core i7 Extreme chips, all due to launch in the third quarter of this year.
Leaked roadmap slides point to a range of low- to mid-range Haswell chips and new Socket 2011 Extreme Edition parts due by the end of the year.
Leaked on the @asder00
blog and verified with an unnamed secondary source by CPU-World
, the slides have not been fully confirmed as genuine - Intel, as you might expect, is taking the usual tack of refusing to comment on 'industry speculation or rumour surrounding unannounced products
' - but appear to confirm previous rumours surrounding the company's planned product launches for later in the year - and offer a glimpse of the specifications on offer from its latest enthusiast-grade Core i7 Extreme processors.
But first, the mid-range: Intel's recent Haswell launch has concentrated on high-performance parts sitting at the top of its Core i7 and Core i5 families. These typically make up a small portion of its processors sales, however, with the company doing heavy volume on lower-margin Core i3 and Pentium-branded parts for those who don't need the very fastest chips on offer. According to the roadmap slide, Intel is planning to release several Haswell-based Core i3 processors on its Socket 1150 platform: the 3.4GHz Core i3-4130, 3.5GHz Core i3-4330, and the 3.6GHZ Core i3-4340. The latter two feature 4MB of overall cache and Intel HD Graphics 4600 integrated GPUs to the Core i3-4130's 3MB cache and HD Graphics 4400 integrated graphics processor (IGP) while all three models include two cores and Hyper Threading support for running four simultaneous threads. Eac is also based around a 54W thermal design profile (TDP).
For those who need a lower TDP, the roadmap also promises a pair of 35W Core i3 models: the 2.9GHz Core i3-4130T and the 3GHz Core i3-4330T. The former chip has 3MB of cache and an Intel HD Graphics 4400 IGP, while the latter is claimed to include 4MB cache and an Intel HD Graphics 4600 IGP.
At the lower end, three 54W Pentium-brand chips have been confirmed: the 3GHz Pentium G3220, 3.2GHz Pentium G3420 and 3.3GHz Pentium G3430. These all feature two cores and no Hyper Threading support along with 3MB of total cache and bottom-end Intel HD Graphics IGPs, with all but the bottom-end G3220 supporting 1,600MHz memory. Two 35W Pentium chips also appear on the roadmap: the 2.6GHz Pentium G3220T and the 2.7GHz Pentium G3420T. As with their higher-powered versions, the G3220T supports a maximum memory speed of 1,333MHz to the G3420T's 1,600MHz.
At the top end of the roadmap is Intel's Ivy Bridge-based Core i7 Socket 2011 family. According to the roadmap, there are three impending launches: the Core i7-4820K, which packs four 3.7GHz cores with Hyper Threading support for eight simultaneous threads, 10MB total cache and a peak Turbo Boost frequency of 3.9GHz; the Core i7-4930K, upgrading the core count to six 3.4GHz processing cores with support for twelve threads, 12MB of total cache and a 3.9GHz peak Turbo Boost frequency; and the top-end Core i7-4960X, which has six 3.6GHz processing cores with support for twelve threads, 15MB total cache and a 4GHz Turbo Boost peak frequency. All three models include a quad-channel integrated memory controller, unlocked multipliers, support for 1,866MHz memory and a claimed TDP of 130W.
Thus far, Intel has refused to comment on the claimed roadmap to either verify or deny its claims.