Intel officially took the wraps off of its new line-up of Extreme Edition processors today at this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. We can safely bet Intel is planning to get these high-end CPUs inside as many gaming PCs as possible.
The first 8-core Haswell-E desktop processor will support the new Intel X99 chipset and will support the upcoming DDR4 memory standard. This new 8-core CPU will be the latest in the company’s Extreme Edition family and will arrive in the second half of 2014. Intel hasn’t given any technical specs or pricing at this time.
Intel also announced that it will release a special unlocked Haswell Core i7 processor code named “Devil’s Canyon” with an improved thermal design and new CPU packaging. Again, Intel hasn’t provided any details on this processor either. We also don’t know for certain if the Iris Pro graphics version is the same as the one Intel uses in current Haswell processors or if Intel made any changes to the graphics.
As if that weren’t enough processor news, Intel also announced plans for its fifth generation “Broadwell” processors integrated with Iris Pro Graphics which will be also available in unlocked versions. As you might expect, no technical specs or release dates for Broadwell were given (you might be noticing a pattern here).
Last, and perhaps of least interest, Intel will release a special unlocked Pentium processor to celebrate the brand’s 20th anniversary. This processor will have unlocked multipliers to allow users to increase the core and/or memory frequencies independently.
One other item of note is that Intel unveiled its ideas for the next generation of desktops, with a PC platform codenamed “Black Brook” – a hybrid of a tablet and desktop all-in-one computer. The Black Brook platform is designed around a central touchscreen with a battery that fits into a docking station, which effectively turns it into a desktop.