Apple’s Macbook Air was the first of Apple’s notebook computers to get upgraded with Intel’s newest fourth generation core Haswell processors back in June. Apple has held off on upgrading its Macbook Pro models but we have just been given word that Apple will hold a press event in September to unveil the next Macbook Pro lineup.
We haven’t seen much from Apple this entire year. It’s been almost a year that it last released its iPhones ad iPods, similarly it has been a year since it last launched its iMac and MacBook Pro models. Breaking the habits, it has finally released the Haswell powered MacBook Air laptops, which will definitely refresh the iMac and MacBook Pro line up with its new processor. According to one analyst, the new iMac model from Apple will be released somewhere in August. As far as Apple MacBook pro models are concerned, they are most likely to be renewed in September.
Intel does not seem to happy about motherboard manufactures finding a way around their restriction and is said to be releasing a firmware update for their H87/B85 motherboard chipsets. This firmware update would actively block the Non-Z OC feature from various manufacturers.
ASUS has revealed their Z87-C, the first ever motherboard in the world which is based on Z87 chipset that has been honored with Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certification for Windows 8.1. WHQL certification is the check of Microsoft that both the hardware and software of a component or device are reliable; basically it’s the verification from Microsoft that devices are totally compatible with a particular version of Windows. In this instance, the version of Windows that has to be authenticated is Windows 8.1.
Dell will be soon launching a new Precision series mobile workstation laptop power driven by the latest 4th generation Intel Core i7 Haswell Processor called Dell Precision M3800 Mobile Workstation. It said to have a super high resolution display of 3200×1800 pixels which is pretty close to 4K resolution and said to give a tough time to Apple MacBook Pro by being its strong rival.
Intel’s Haswell –X Xeon EP processor has come to the light in Penang, Malaysia (Intel’s facility) during the company’s “Design in Asia” tour. This Haswell –X Xeon EP processor got revealed in a visit from VR-Zone’s Nebojsa Novakovic. The processor seems to be the Socket 2011-3 Haswell EP or Xeon E5 v3, presenting 14 cores, a 35 MB cache; twin 9.6 GT/s QPI channels and also supports quad channel DDR4-2133 memory.
ASRock was first then they were followed by ECS and now it looks like Gigabyte is joining the bunch by releasing a beta BIOS for its socket LGA1150 motherboards that are based on the H87 and B85 chipsets that will allow overclocking of Intel’s Core Haswell K-Series processors. Normally if you would want to overclock your K-Series CPU you would have to buy a Z87 motherboard, but with Gigabyte’s new beta BIOS you do not have to!
Apple’s MacBook Air was the first product to get a refresh with Intel’s new 4th generation Core Haswell processors. This was done to not only boost performance, but to also improve battery life. It seemed like only a matter of time before we saw Haswell on other Apple laptops. A validation of a 15-inch MacBook Pro on the GeekBench database reveals that Apple is already testing the notebook with the latest Haswell chips.
Lenovo is all geared up to launch their new ThinkPad T440s UltraBook. It is powered by Intel’s latest and greatest 4TH generation Haswell Core processor. It comes in two variants as per the screen resolution, offering either 1600x900p or 1920x1080p with full HD IPS panel. Additionally both variants will come in 14 inch screen size.
Intel’s first processor in the BGA package is expected to arrive by the end of this year, according to one of the leaked roadmap slides. Among the first few processors will cover across entry-level market sector, including the Celeron and Pentium brands. Motherboards with BGA processors come with the processors that cannot be the replaced and are hard-wired to the board along with a stock fan-heatsink. The SOC completely put together the processor as far as we know it, with the motherboard chipset.
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