Intel Haswell processor pricing leak suggest no premium over Ivy Bridge

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intel-logo-top.jpgPricing has leaked for Intel’s next-generation Haswell architecture processors. Set to replace the Ive Bridge generation, a June launch for the chips is expected to bring 10 percent sequential CPU performance increase, twice the vector processing performance, and as much as double the GPU performance over predecessors.

The prices (coming courtesy of VR Zone Chinese), are yet to be confirmed by Intel, but give a hint at what to expect for the boxed retail editions. If accurate, they seem more or less in line with the pricing established by the Ivy Bridge generation processors. The leaked prices are as follows:

  • Core i7 4770K – 3.5GHz (3.9GHz) (84W) – $327
  • Core i7 4770 – 3.5GHz (3.9GHz) (84W) – $292
  • Core i7 4770S – 3.1GHz (3.9GHz) (65W) – $285
  • Core i5 4670K – 3.4GHz (3.8GHz) (84W) – $227
  • Core i5 4670 – 3.4GHz (3.8GHz) (84W) – $209
  • Core i5 4570 – 3.2GHz (3.6GHz) (84W) – $189
  • Core i5 4570S – 3.0GHz (3.6GHz) (65W) – $182
  • Core i5 4430 – 3.0GHz (3.2GHz) (84W) – $175

If prices are to reflect a direct conversion rate in UK Pounds, that puts the top Core i7 4770K model at £214 and the lower Core i5 4430 at £115. The prices are also said to be excluding US tax, so factor that in too.

If the leak is indeed the real deal, we’d urge those looking to upgrade their processors to hold off a few months. For a slightly longer wait, the Haswell chips will offer improved performance and greater efficiency for what seems to be little-to-no extra cost. Even the prices leaked here prove to be too low, waiting either way until the Haswell launch will see Ivy Bridge generation chips fall in price.

Gerald Lynch
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