Intel Rumored to Launch Several New Haswell Processors in Q2

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John Pombrio

Timing is too much of a coincidence. AMD JUST announced two new chips and Intel floods the news with a couple of dozen. Intel always is a nasty adversary.

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vrmlbasic

Is Intel reading from NVidia's playbook or is NVidia reading from Intel's? They both keep doing this.

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maleficarus™

I am still happy gaming on my i5 2500K@4GHz! Not a single game gives me a hard time...

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joeyjr

Looks like a good year to build a new PC, because mine will be 5 years old in April.lol can't wait, so many choices!

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vrmlbasic

Has it been upgraded in those 5 years?

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Carlidan

I won't be upgrading till skylake comes out. I have a sandybridge. So by the time skylake comes out, it would be around 4 years. Most people just upgrade their gfx card in between. Why are u suprised @ 5 years? Just curious.

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edchombeau

Just get the manufacturers to make production desktops standard with 500gb SSD's and secondary 1tb HDD. Unless you have to have the latest and greatest; nothing I see in this article will really improve over CPU's with Ivy Bridge architecture. Now, you gamers have to justify to us "normal" users why I'm wrong

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Baer

I just built an i7 4930 6 core OCed to 4.0 on a Rampage IV BE with 32 Gb of Ram and a pair of GTX 780 Ti GPUs running 5760X 1200 surround, and a pair of 840 Pro SSDs in Raid 0 for OS and boot (and lots of other stuff)AND I AM NOT A GAMER. Sure I play some Civ 5 and a few others but that is less than 5% of my use. What I love is the 10 second boot from a cold stop, the ability to open Outlook in under a half a second, the ability to fill all three screens with data base, spreadsheets, PowerPoint and Publisher etc. and use it all to do killer presentations and reports for clients. The ability to render a Sony Vegas project in a tiny fraction of the time it usually takes And more, lots more. Do I really need it? No but I want it and I can justify it and I don't play golf and my kids are all through college Etc.
If you want to save money just say so, your choice, if a lesser computer is all you need and you would rather play golf or do other things just admit it, no problem but don't try to tell me that a 4 core Haswell with a single mid range GPU and 8 Gb of Ram and non raided rotational HDDs are just as good, cause it aint!

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vrmlbasic

So Baer, are you going to grab any of these refreshed Haswell-Ks? Because if not, aren't you missing the point?

Except for the Sony Vegas work, almost any quad-core CPU paired with a SSD can do those tasks that you list.

Since you aren't a gamer, why are you settling on crappy 1920*1200 screens? With no worries of input lag, response times and fear of inability to push pixels to them them, why not embrace the glorious 2560*1440 (or higher) screens?

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Baer

I am not a big Haswell fan mainly because I do a lot of multithreaded work, not just Vegas, which I do use more and more. I also just feel like I am getting graphics silicon that I will never use with Haswell.
As for screens, I will eventually go to three 4K screens but not yet. The only set up that I believe would drive them well in surround would be quad Titans (as I saw them do at CES at the NVIDIA booth). I do not think adding two more GTX 780 Ti 's to my rig would do it well due to the Ti cards being limited to 3Gb VRAM each. I believe we will be seeing three things that will change the graphics landscape in the next year or so:
1. Wider acceptance of G-Sync (or the AMD version)
2. New, more powerful GPU's from both NVIDIA and AMD
3. Lower priced and improved 4K monitors (including G-Sync)
So, in short I generally agree with you, good comment, and as I do either a major update or a new build every year that will be next. As it is, this year I waited an extra 90 days for the RIV4-BE and I did not want to wait any longer. Oh, and I do game but not a lot but when I do I want the hardware on my side.

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vrmlbasic

I believe that the gamers will have to convince themselves why they (we) need these.

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Heathen

"board partnes"

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Rtshchand

I just bought Asus X79 Rampage IV black edition motherboard with Intel 4820k....should have waited.

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Baer

Why, that is the BEST motherboard out there. I would have gone with the 4930 however. If you are not using multithreaded programs then the 4820 will be great but if you ever want to use multithreaded programs then the 4930 or the 4960 would be light years faster.

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VoodooChicken

Why wait? You selected primo hardware that you can use in the here and now. There's nothing coming in this refresh that would be a complete game changer from what you have.

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AFDozerman

Any word on improved iGPUs?

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LatiosXT

What I don't understand is how come Intel doesn't stick the higher end iGPUs in lower end processors?

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vrmlbasic

Because Intel is sadistic and wants to cripple otherwise healthy and functional low-cost laptops for life.

Intel's iGPUs are the tech equivalent of Chinese Foot Binding. :(

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Innomasta

Think i'll stick with my 4770K for now!