Intel Rumored to Delay Broadwell Until Q4 2014



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Ghost XFX

Ok, why is this such a big deal? I mean, it's not like there's a lot of power users like myself leaving their Phenom to get a Haswell Refresh or Haswell-E....

And for Broadwell? The only real difference that I can tell is the shrink of the die. of course, I could be wrong, but I'm not seeing what the excitement is about for Broadwell.



Just like usual, it's normally a 10-12% performance increase from Gen to Gen....nothing to get excited about. My FX-4300 is doing just fine.



Intel just go straight to Skylake-E and just skip Broadwell. These tiny performance gains are not worth buying.



Oh good, my 4770K has another few months before it's obsolete whew *Wipes sweat off brow*



There is nothing wrong with a delay in their line up. We don't need a new generation of processors necessarily at the moment, unless it offers significant performance enhancements that is.

Processors are quite powerful as it is currently, but a 5 to 10 percent increase isn't worth it for the majority of consumers, only enthusiasts. So there isn't a big deal with a delay.


John Pombrio

New generations of Intel processors are NOT GOING to be much faster, if any. Intel is shooting for LOWER power use instead. Broadwell was rumored to not even have a socket version as it is shooting squarely for laptops and tablets. We may find that Haswell and a small subset of enthusiast CPUs will be the sum total of Intels push on the desktop for the next few years.



I read this as buy an upgrade now if you want to upgrade. New architectures entering the market will not gain much/any more speed. Maybe efficiency.... Maybe more cores, but they've reached the MHz limit on speed.

John, you're the engineer. Hat's off to your abilities.



Which is why I just said that 5 to 10 performance increase isn't worth it for the majority of consumers.

Intel definitely is shooting for lower power. Haswell, even when overclocked, on the desktop is fairly power efficient too.

As for socket less processors, I am not to keen on that idea. I hope it is only for the lower tier stuff which would make sense. Processors rarely fail, but motherboards easily do all the time, so I like sockets.

One day though we will all laugh how we used to have large desktops and liquid cooling. The future is with smaller devices that can fill every need.



In short, get it right the first time around. Better late than never.