Most processor lines from Intel get an update mid-cadence, usually a few individual processors to fill up the product stack or another one on top for increased clock speeds.  This time around, Intel is looking to release a long line of refresh processors according to various leaked sources.  Like usual processor updates mid-cadence, an update in CPU clock speeds for a given price point is usually par-for-the-course, although in the past we have seen stepping changes that might offer a little more.  At CPU-World, they have caught an e-tailer listing pre-order pricing information for several of the expected SKUs:

Pre-Order Pricing
SKU Price USD
Celeron G1840 2.8 GHz $47.51
Celeron G1850 2.9 GHz $59.20
Pentium G3240 3.1 GHz $70.96
Pentium G3440 3.3 GHz $90.54
Core i3-4150 3.5 GHz $132.73
Core i3-4350 3.6 GHz $155.12
Core i3-4360 3.7 GHz $166.31
Core i5-4590 3.7 GHz $213.36
Core i5-4690 3.9 GHz $235.75
Core i7-4790 4.0 GHz $326.48

ShopBLT in the US has ten of the processors up to pre-order, although the dating of when they are expecting these processors remains unknown.  Given the details provided by ShopBLT, we can build a table of competing components from the original Haswell processor launch:

Haswell Core i7
  Core i7-4790
(New)
Core i7-4771
(Current)
CPU Speed 3600 MHz / 4000 MHz 3500 MHz / 3900 MHz
Cores 4 4
Threads 8 8
L2 Cache 1024 KB 1024 KB
L3 Cache 8192 KB 8192 KB
IGP HD 4600 HD 4600
IGP Frequency ? / 1200 MHz 350 MHz / 1200 MHz
TDP 84W 84W
Price at Launch ? $314 (OEM) / $320 (box)
Price Today $326.48 $319.99

Haswell Core i5
  Core i5-4590
(New)
Core i5-4570
(Current)
CPU Speed 3300 MHz / 3700 MHz 3200 MHz / 3600 MHz
Cores 4 4
Threads 4 4
L2 Cache 1024 KB 1024 KB
L3 Cache 6144 KB 6144 KB
IGP HD 4600 HD 4600
IGP Frequency ? / 1150 MHz 350 MHz / 1150 MHz
TDP 84W 84W
Price at Launch ? $192 (OEM) / $202 (box)
Price Today $213.36 $199.99

Haswell Core i3
  Core i3-4150 3.5 GHz
(New)
Core i3-4130 3.4 GHz
(Current)
CPU Speed 3.5 GHz 3.4 GHz
Cores 2 2
Threads 4 4
L2 Cache 512 KB 512 KB
L3 Cache 3072 KB 3072 KB
IGP HD 4000 Series HD 4400
IGP Frequency ? 350 MHz / 1150 MHz
TDP 54W 54W
Price at Launch ? $122 (OEM) / $129 (box)
Price Today $132.73 $124.99

Haswell Pentium
  Pentium G3440 3.3 GHz
(New)
Pentium G3430 3.3 GHz
(Current)
CPU Speed 3.3 GHz 3.3 GHz
Cores 2 2
Threads 2 2
L2 Cache 512 KB 512 KB
L3 Cache 3072 KB 3072 KB
IGP HD (Haswell) HD (Haswell)
IGP Frequency ? 350 MHz / 1100 MHz
TDP 53W 53W
Price at Launch ? $86 (OEM) / $93 (box)
Price Today $90.54 $99.99

Haswell Celeron
  Celeron G1840 2.8 GHz
(New)
Celeron G1830 2.8 GHz
(Current)
CPU Speed 2.8 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores 2 2
Threads 2 2
L2 Cache 512 KB 512 KB
L3 Cache 2048 KB 2048 KB
IGP HD (Haswell) HD (Haswell)
IGP Frequency ? 1050
TDP 53W 53W
Price at Launch ? $52.00
Price Today $47.51 $59.99

The newer processors have to deal with the older SKUs being price dropped initially, until stocks run dry. By this quick analysis the Celerons and Pentiums might be in the best position to sell at launch.  As of yet there is no indication of a new unlocked –K series processor, or the prices updates to the lower power processor lines, despite this list provided by CPU-World that shows 20 SKUs coming for the fresh.  I would expect a Xeon update as well perhaps, but those cards are still close to Intel’s chest. 

Source: CPU-World

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  • piroroadkill - Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - link

    Extremely uninspiring refresh. Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - link

    ...? Maybe there's more to these new parts than clock speed Reply
  • ericloewe - Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - link

    The only thing that would make sense is a revised memory controller that can actually use 16GB UDIMMs - however, since that is a rather large update, we'd probably have heard something by now... Reply
  • TiGr1982 - Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - link

    I suppose this memory controller upgrade won't happen, because this requires changes in the silicon logic, and I suppose "Refresh" uses essentially identical (OLD) silicon dies - it can be even the same C0 stepping (for quad core parts).

    In a few words, I think it's going to be like Core i7-2600K -> Core i7-2700K:
    same stepping, essentially nothing new, just 100 MHz overall frequency increase.
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  • mczak - Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - link

    All mobo makers are saying there's new bios for proper support of "Haswell refresh" parts, which suggests these are indeed a new stepping.
    But I wouldn't really expect new functionality neither.
    Reply
  • MrBlonde - Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - link

    The BIOSes need to be updated with the new CPU IDs for "proper support", not really an indication that the CPUs use a new stepping. Reply
  • Cellar Door - Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - link

    I agree, I got a 4670K last summer in anticipation for this refresh - as in a new stepping, ironed out K parts, with less of a silicon lottery. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for now but it looks like that is not going to happen. Reply
  • TiGr1982 - Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - link

    Being more realistic, I would not expect "ironed out K parts, with less of a silicon lottery".

    It's probably going to be the same C0 stepping with the same poor paste between the chip and heat-spreader. Just +100 MHz in stock, which for K parts means essentially nothing (go to BIOS and add these +100 MHz in 2 minutes) :)
    Reply
  • lurker22 - Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - link

    It's what happens with no significant competition in the x86 market Reply
  • KAlmquist - Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - link

    My thoughts exactly. Intel is lowering prices on the Pentium models a bit, but if you need anything faster... Reply

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