Haswell Refresh: Intel’s Newest Platform Explored

Almost six years have passed since the Core i7 series debuted as a 45nm part on the LGA1366 platform. Intel's Nehalem-based quad-core range, codenamed Bloomfield, contained the famous Core i7-920 and has since been refined over many iterations by Intel's tick-tock philosophy, which follows every architecture update with a cube shrink.

Today's release is not a tick or tick, just an update – as we saw at Sandy Bridge in 2011 when Intel released the Core i7-2600K in January and then updated it with the 2700K in October. These new CPUs offered a moderate speed increase of 100 MHz and based on what we've seen we don't expect much more from the updated Haswell parts.

Given the small increases between Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge and Haswell, it can rightly be said that Intel has been taking small steps for years. In fact, we would normally be dealing with a brand new architecture at the moment, but the fifth generation core chips have been delayed until the fourth quarter due to suspected yield issues with the 14nm design process.

Until Intel is ready to ship Broadwell, it has optimized the Haswell range with models that are slightly faster and / or cheaper. If anything, your attention should be focused on the fact that Intel also released its new 9-series chipsets and we happen to have some motherboards on hand. Before we look at them, let's look at what can also be called Haswell 1.1.

4th generation refresh line-up

On top of the hill is the Core i7-4790, which effectively replaces the Core i7-4771 at a slightly lower price of $ 303 compared to $ 320. This processor is 100 MHz higher at 3.6 GHz with a 100 MHz higher boost clock rate of 4 GHz. Everything else is, as far as we can tell, the same and there should also be an unlocked "K" version of this CPU.

model Cores subjects Basic clock L2 cache Price
Core i7-4790 4th 8th 3.6 GHz 8 MB $ 303
Core i5-4690 4th 4th 3.5 GHz 6 MB $ 213
Core i5-4590 4th 4th 3.3 GHz 6 MB $ 192
Core i5-4460 4th 4th 3.2 GHz 6 MB $ 182
Core i3-4360 2nd 4th 3.7 GHz 4 MB $ 149
Core i3-4350 2nd 4th 3.6 GHz 4 MB $ 138
Core i3-4150 2nd 4th 3.5 GHz 4 MB $ 117

The Core i5-4590 fills the speed gap between the Core i5-4570 and the Core i5-4670, but replaces the 4570 as it is expected to pay the same price. Then we have the i5-4460, which is effectively the i5-4570 with less aggressive boost frequencies. It will replace or at least lower the price of the i5-4440.

The flagship Core i5 processor – the Core i5-4690 – is clocked 100 MHz higher than the Core i5-4670K, but should cost less at $ 213 because it isn't unlocked.

The updated Core i3 series includes the Core i3-4150 ($ 10 more expensive than the 4130 at $ 117 with a speed increase of 100 MHz), the Core i3-4350 (position to take out the equivalent 4340 and at the same time the Price of the 4330 can be reached at $ 138) and the 4360 ($ 149 and 100 MHz higher than the 4350 and the older 4340).

There are a large number of new Haswell parts with low power consumption. So please check the table below instead of going through them all.

model Cores subjects Basic clock L2 cache Price
Core i7-4790S 4th 8th 3.2 GHz 8 MB $ 303
Core i7-4790T 4th 4th 2.7 GHz 8 MB $ 303
Core i7-4785T 4th 8th 2.2 GHz 8 MB $ 303
Core i5-4690S 4th 4th 3.2 GHz 6 MB $ 213
Core i5-4690T 4th 4th 2.5 GHz 6 MB $ 213
Core i5-4590S 4th 4th 3.0 GHz 6 MB $ 192
Core i5-4590T 4th 4th 2.0 GHz 6 MB $ 192
Core i5-4570S 4th 4th 2.9 GHz 6 MB $ 192
Core i5-4460S 4th 4th 2.9 GHz 6 MB $ 182
Core i5-4460T 4th 4th 1.9 GHz 6 MB $ 182
Core i3-4530T 2nd 4th 3.1 GHz 4 MB $ 138
Core i3-4150T 2nd 4th 3.0 GHz 3 MB $ 117

There are also new Pentium and Celeron processors based on Haswell. The Pentium G3450 replaces the existing G3430 with a speed increase of 100 MHz at the same price, the Pentium G3440 replaces the G3420 at the same price of $ 75 with another 100 MHz boost and the $ 64 G3240, which is also one Clock increase of 100 MHz.

model Cores subjects Basic clock L2 cache Price
Pentium G3450 2nd 2nd 3.4 GHz 3 MB $ 86
Pentium G3440 2nd 2nd 3.3 GHz 3 MB $ 75
Pentium G3240 2nd 2nd 3.1 GHz 3 MB $ 64
Celeron G1850 2nd 2nd 2.9 GHz 2 MB $ 52
Celeron G1840 2nd 2nd 2.8 GHz 2 MB $ 42

The Celeron G1840 will take the G1830 out because it offers the same specifications at a reduced price, and will therefore also take the G1820 out of circulation because it offers a 100 MHz frequency jump at the same price. Then we have the Celeron G1850, the new flagship from Celeron and the first Haswell version that works at 2.9 GHz. It costs as much as the older G1830.

Below you will find the new Pentium and Celeron processors with low power consumption.

model Cores subjects Basic clock L2 cache Price
Pentium G3440T 2nd 2nd 2.8 GHz 3 MB $ 75
Pentium G3240T 2nd 2nd 2.7 GHz 3 MB $ 64
Celeron G1840T 2nd 2nd 2.5 GHz 2 MB $ 42

Aside from the 100 MHz bump, the entire Haswell range should also be a little cheaper, which is not a bad deal for an otherwise uneventful release.

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