Intel plans new Core i3 and Pentium models
Users looking for Intel Core i3 and Pentium processors based on the Haswell architecture might want to wait a little as the latest news says Intel will have new such chips on the market soon.
This news is rather surprising as Intel updated its entire Haswell line in May 2014 but the reason for such a move is simple – Core i3 and Pentium processors on the upcoming Broadwell architecture will appear just in H2 2015 so the current crop of Core i3 and Pentium chips might use some more muscle. Intel does not plan a ton of new Haswell-based Pentium and Core i3 processors, though. There will be a total of 8 processors – four Pentium chips and four Core i3 models. All of them will appear in Q3 2014 and here’s a list – expect to get Pentium G3250 (3.2 GHz), G3250T (2.8 GHz), G3450T (2.9 GHz) and G3460 (3.5 GHz) models along with Core i3-4160 (3.6 GHz), i3-4160T (3.1 GHz), i3-4360T (3.2 GHz) and i3-4370 (3.8 GHz) processors. There will be no fundamental changes in the new chips except increased operating frequencies. In addition to that new Celeron models are not planned.
Thus the new Pentium models will come with 2 computational cores and 3 MB of L3 cache and EM64T, VT-x and SSE4.2 capabilities. In addition users will get Intel HD graphics and support for DDR3-1333 memory except for Pentium G3460 and G3450T that will be able to work with DDR3-1600. The chips will not support Hyper-Threading, Turbo Boost and other technologies. As to TDP – the regular models will have 53W of TDP, while the T-marked models will have 35W TDP.
The Core i3 chips will have two cores with Hyper-Threading enabled and 4 MB of L3 cache. Users will also get AVX2, AES, support for DDR3-1600 and Intel HD4400 or HD4600 graphics depending on the model. Again depending on the model TDP will be 53 watts or 35 watts.
Source: CPU World