Intel is planning on introducing their Haswell refresh platform next month in April. The new platform is expect to be a slight tweak of the existing Haswell processor family, with most processors getting a 100 MHz boost. VR-Zone has confirmed that the K-Series Haswell refresh processors would feature updated overclocking features and an improved TIM design.
When Intel launched their Haswell processors in June of last year at Computex they were quite the hit as they improved efficiency over Ivy Bridge. The processors overclocking ability was good, but Intel used a cheaper application of TIM etween the IHS (Internal Heat Spreader) and the Haswell silicon itself which resulted in the heat to remain trapped between the chip due to poor contact.
It looks like Intel will be fixing this issue with their Haswell Refresh processors. The K-Series Haswell refresh processors are codenamed Devil’s Canyon and will offer an improved design that makes use of updated packaging materials, improved TIM and processors that are specifically re-engineered for enhanced performance and overclocking.
The flagship processor of the K-Series Haswell refresh will be the Core i7-4790K and will be the first 22nm consumer processor to obtain a clock frequency of 4 GHz. The processors will have 4 cores and 8 threads and will feature a fully unlocked design. The new Haswell Refresh processors would be available as early as April 2014, but the K-Series Haswell Refresh processors would arrive a bit later in Mid 2014 (Around Computex). The product names and information for the Haswell Refresh processors and their mobile variants have been listed below.
Along with the Haswell Refresh, Intel will also be introducing the new Pentium Anniversary edition processors. The Pentium brand is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The brand will live on and Intel will update the Pentium lineup with new processors with an unlocked design, support for Intel Quick Sync Video and compatibility on both Intel 8 and 9 series motherboards.