TechPowerup is reporting from GDC that Intel has just announced an update to its desktop roadmap, sidestepping for a while from its supposed intention of going with hardwired CPU+motherboard in its future product stack. Three new families of CPU have been announced starting off with Haswell-E, the much anticipated HEDT featuring up to 8 cores,Â up to 15 MB of L3 cache, a 48-lane PCI-Express 3.0 root complex, and a quad-channel DDR4 integrated memory controller (IMC).
Also announced was Broadwell, Haswell’s successor, which will be rolled on the 14nm fab process. Broadwell will see slight IPC improvements along with enhanced power efficiency and the die shrink is expected to give CPU and IGP clocks a bump.
Most notable of the announcements is Devil’s Canyon. A highly overclockable variant of Haswell, Devil’s Canyon will feature performance-optimized TIM in-between the IHS and silicon, and will feature higher voltage tolerance. Devil’s Canyon is expected to be branded under the Core i7-4xxx line and is presumed to brandish the Intel Extreme Edition badge. The new chip will be compatible with the upcoming Z97 chipset for the LGA1150 socket.
Devil’s Canyon is set for launch later in the year before Broadwell which has a H2 2014 target. Haswell-E is presumed to arrived 2015.
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