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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  • HardwareDufus - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    Meh,
    Thought we'd see HD5200e as the IGP on an unlocked desktop part for a mid cycle refresh.
    Peter
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  • S3anister - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    That Core i7-4790 looks really attractive for a f@h box. Reply
  • SetiroN - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    It does? And here I was thinking it had a 3% frequency difference from what we've already had for an year...
    Thank you Intel, this is a folding revolution!
    Reply
  • Eurasianman - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    Slight typo: Core i5-4771 should be Core i7-4771 Reply
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    No new K edition parts? Nothing to really interest me then. Reply
  • TiGr1982 - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    New K edition parts (like Core i7-4790K & Core i5-4690K) are supposed to come later, but their sense is diminishing, because the old ones were already unlocked, and new ones probably won't overclock any better than the old ones. So, these new K parts will be released probably just for the formal completeness of the new ("Refresh") lineup. Reply
  • fokka - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    would only be a real improvement if they soldered on the heat spreader. very underwhelming update. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    They used to roll out small frequency increases of existing chips every few months, now they're bundling them all together and call it a refresh. Big deal, not. The only differences between the former times are:
    - longer refresh cycle
    - smaller frequency increase
    - lower price cuts
    Reply
  • TiGr1982 - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    I guess, there will be no price cuts this time - just the newer ("Refresh") models will displace the previous ones - with no real price change at all. Reply
  • Ken_g6 - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    I see one piece of big news: There's finally an Intel chip that officially runs at 4GHz. I wonder if we'll ever see 5?

    But no Crystal Well parts? 0-well.
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