Leaked Chart Shows Specs For Next-Gen “Haswell” Processors From Intel
If you’re like us, you like a good old PC component nerd-out now and then, and there’s nothing that scratches that itch better than leaked specs of new Intel gear. It looks like Intel’s processor lineup for early 2013 will be called “Haswell,” and contains more powerful versions of many of the i5 and i7 processors that are in their current Ivy Bridge lineup.
These specs come courtesy of Chinese tech site VR-Zone, and what they claim is a chart full of leaked Intel specs:
As you can see, the top of the line unit will be a quad-core 3.5GHz unit that will ramp up to 3.9GHz when Turbo Boost is activated. The most powerful units will draw just 84W of power, and the more economical offerings will draw just 35W of juice – that’s a pretty big improvement over previous generations of Intel processors, and is accomplished without even moving to a smaller processor footprint. That means these units will fit in a standard 1150 port, which most motherboards from the last couple years will have.
There’s no concrete release date on the new CPUs yet, other than a vague “2013″ scheduled release. There’s also no telling how much of a performance improvement these will offer over current Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge units, but we’ll know that almost immediately upon their release, since benchmarkers will surely be hard at work getting us some FLOPS numbers as soon as they can get their hands on these new Haswell units.
While Intel continues to improve every aspect of their processors, and releases frequent updates to keep them ahead of the game, one has to wonder what AMD is up to. They haven’t released any major new processors since the mediocre Bulldozer lineup, and they’re looking farther and farther behind their rivals over at Intel. The more fancy new Intel gear that gets announced, the more those rumors about AMD going belly up begin to look plausible. Only time will tell.