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Intel's (INTC) first batch of Haswell desktop CPUs will include 14 chips, according to a leaked...

Intel's (INTC) first batch of Haswell desktop CPUs will include 14 chips, according to a leaked table. All but one of them will be quad-core parts, and the cores will feature speeds ranging from 2.7GHZ.-3.5GHZ. Interestingly (especially in light of Intel's promotion of Haswell's power savings), the max power draw for the most powerful chips has risen to 84W from the 77W claimed by high-end Ivy Bridge desktop CPUs. With AMD stumbling and downsizing, Intel doesn't need to pull off any miracles with Haswell to maintain its CPU dominance. (previous)
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  • divtra
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    The first batch seems rather a dissapointing for a tock. The higher power draw seems like a strange "feature" unless the perfomance gains more than make up for it.

     

    One can suppose that Intel does not feel the need to up the core count because they feel their dominating single thread perfomance is what matters over AMD.

     

    As someone long on AMD, this makes me actually hopeful that AMD can stay in the game a while longer.

     

    Of course, if Haswell is suddenly a 50% perfomance gain over same clock speed Ivy Bridge it would change the game, but that is highly unlikely to happen. All the low hanging fruit is long gone in perfomance.

     

    PS. According to Intel guidelines Haswell should be a 10% gain over same speed Ivy Bridge. If so, I do not see anything hugely positive from this tock.
    13 Dec 2012, 05:32 AM Reply Like
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