Intel Corporation (INTC) 2014 Roadmap


Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has lifted the suspense over its 2014 official road-map, which should certainly get many enthusiasts excited about the brand. At a media event at the Game Developers Conference, the chip maker indicated its plans to enhance its enthusiast segment with impressive new processors including an unlocked Pentium processor, which has not been seen for quite some time now.

Lisa Graff, vice president and general manager, Intel’s Desktop Client Platform Group, said “Enthusiasts are the heart and soul of the desktop and they asked us to give them more. We are delivering – more cores, better overclocking, faster speeds.”

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First 8-core desktop model

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) also revealed that DDR4, which will replace the current DDR3 memory, will be included in its high-end segment that will offer the new X99 chipset. The new memory is also expected to succeed the current X79 LGA2011 motherboards.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) announced a processor, which will be the first to support the new X99 chipset and DDR4 memory, and will also be the company’s first true 8-core desktop model. The processor would be powered by the hyper-threading technology.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has come up with many interesting products for enthusiasts that prefer to overclock their processors. The much expected ‘Broadwell’ processors would replace the current Haswell LGA1150 K-series. Broadwell, which will be the 5th generation Core processors, are based on 14nm manufacturing process resulting in lower power consumption and improved performance per watt.

Intel addressing overheating issue

The new offering from the Intel will, also, use Iris Pro graphics on a socketed unlocked processor. Unlocked means, that a user can increase the multiplier to boost the performance. It is also referred to as overclocking. Intel’s current and previous generation processors suffered from one major limitation, which is that they ran hot, especially during overclocking.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), it seems, has addressed the issue with an update of its current Haswell-based CPUs codenamed Devil’s Canyon. This processor will be available sooner than Broadwell in mid-2014, and will use ‘improved thermal interface material’ according to the company. The technology will improve the overclocking and lower the operating temperatures, which is a huge relief for enthusiasts.

The third and final announcement is referred to as Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition-labelled processor, celebrating more than 20 years of the Pentium brand.  The most interesting feature of the product is that it will be an unlocked version allowing users to overclock it to boost performance.