Leaked Information Reveals Intel “Haswell” Set for 2013 iMacs

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Information about 14 new desktop processors set to be released next year was leaked recently. The processors are based on Intel’s “Haswell” architecture, and it was also rumored that the component could potentially make their way into the next-generation iMac.

There are claims that the processors will be using a brand new CPU socket—LGA 1150—on Lynx Point chipset motherboards. Furthermore, it will be split into six standard power SKUs and eight low power SKUs.

Meanwhile, the Haswell processor is the successor of Intel Ivy Bridge, keeping the same 22 nm processor. However, it includes a brand new microarchitecture for improved performance.

Intel “Haswell” Processor for the Next-generation iMac

Chinese website VR-Zone revealed that all but one of the Core i5 and Core i7 chips are quadcore. The processors features as many as eight threads, as well as Intel’s next-generation HD4600 integrated graphics processor.

It was reported that the 2013 Haswell lineup includes six “standard power” desktop processors, as well as eight “low power” processors. The standard power chips have two powerful Core i7 models, while the low power ones include three Core i7 variations.

Among the low power processors, the most powerful chip is the Core i7-4770S. It has a base frequency of 3.1 GHz, although it can run at up to 3.9 GHz with Turbo Boost. On the other hand, the slowest processor in the lot is the Core i5-4430S. It runs at 2.7 GHz with 6 MB of total caches, 4 cores and 4 threads.

In relation to this, Core i7-4770K processor will run at base frequency of 3.5 GHz with 8 MB of total cache. But it could be max out at 3.9 GHz using the Intel Turbo Boost Technology.

Haswell Processor’s Purported Release

There were claims that the listed Haswell processors from Intel are more likely to make its way to Apple’s iMac lineup. The all-in-one desktop are the only members of the Mac family that uses a desktop processor.

Meanwhile, Apple’s Mac Pro uses Intel Xeon server chips. The laptop model is slated to receive a significant update this 2013. Furthermore, the Mac mini relies on low-power mobile processors.

As for the availability of the new Haswell chips, no release has been given yet. But it is less likely for the processors to appear in new Macs anytime soon. That’s because the iMac lineup just had a major refresh, featuring a new design and Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processors.

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