Power users needn't worry, the desktop is alive and thriving!
These days you can't flip on the Internet without being bombarded by tablet and smartphone announcements. Hey, we love mobile just as much as the next geek, but we're also stoked when major players take time to shower some love on the desktop, which is what Intel did at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) today. One thing Intel unveiled today is an 8-core Haswell-E CPU.
Intel didn't go into detailed specifics on many of its announcements, though here's what we know about its Haswell-E launch. It will feature Intel's first 8-core desktop processor and it will be supported by the chip maker's X99 chipset, which is the first desktop platform to support DDR4 memory. Look for Haswell-E to make a grand entrance in the second half of the year.
Arriving beforehand -- around the middle of the year -- will be an unlocked 4th Generation Intel Core processor line codenamed "Devil's Canyon." If you're into overclocking, these will be the Haswell parts you want to buy. In addition to an unlocked multiplier, they'll also sport an improved thermal interface material (TIM) for better cooling and updated packaging materials. These will be supported by Intel's 9 Series chipset.
Around the same time, Intel will launch an Anniversary Edition Pentium processor. It too will be unlocked and work in both Intel 8 and 9 Series chipsets, and will also have Intel Quick Sync Video technology.
Finally, Intel is planning to launch an unlocked 5th Generation Core processor with Iris Pro graphics built on a 14nm manufacturing process. It will be the first time Iris will appear on desktop socketed unlocked processors. Intel didn't say when it's planning to release this part.
All of these launches are an attempt by Intel to reinvent and reinvigorate the desktop PC market. In addition to new hardware, Intel teased its new Ready Mode technology, which will make your PC turn on instantly and always be connected while sipping on power.