Intel’s next-generation processor and the whole Haswell-EP platform is likely to be the biggest jump in performance since the 2006 introduction of Core 2 Duo. The Haswell processor itself will be considerably more advanced than Ivy Bridge, while bringing new innovative features and raw computing power.
The Haswell processor will still be manufactured in 22 nm process, which confirms the fact that Intel is not going to reach 14 nm processor manufacturing during the next year.
Intel’s new platform will most likely be the first DDR4 personal computing platform available on a large scale. The fastest DDR4 memory modules supported will be running at a modest 2133 MHz.
We’re calling 2133 MHz modest because many memory manufactures have announced weeks – if not months – ago DDR3 modules certified to work at 3 GHz using overclocking settings.
The company has always been conservative about the memory frequencies supported by its chipsets, so the Haswell-EP platforms will be no different this time.
Intel’s slide, published by ChipHell, clearly shows that the processor is supposed to have 10 or more processing cores.
Moreover, if we take a look at the level 3 cache allocation, we’ll see that the chart also says that there will be roughly a 2.5 MB level 3 cache slice allocated to each core.
Considering that there will be a total of 35 MB of level 3 cache, this amounts to about 14 cores, and that’s an impressive number in itself.
AMD originally had 10-core processor plans for 2013, but those were scrapped once new management came in place.
Sure, the small, fabless CPU designer can stick together two dies with 8 cores each, but that's a totally different approach when compared with Intel’s 35 MB shared level 3 cache.
HyperThreading technology will still be around and Haswell will also come with HNI or Haswell New Instructions.
That is an Intel AVX 2.0 set of instructions that the company will design inside its new processor.