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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  • iwod - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    No News on Haswell -E ? Reply
  • BadThad - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    Listen Intel! All we really want are Celeron and Pentium K parts with unlimited multipliers. It really sucks that they have pretty much turned overclocking into the "pay to play" arena. We want a repeat of the 300A! Reply
  • BadThad - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - link

    Anyone else here dreaming of a $50 processor running at 4.5+GHz? Reply
  • TiGr1982 - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - link

    Now, Captain Obvious answers your question and rules the stage:

    OK, suppose you have it - say, dual core Celeron with no HT and 2 MB L3 Cache.

    Then it will overclock nicely beyond 4.5 GHz, and you will get better single-threaded performance than locked i7 at 3.9 turbo (going to be4.0 soon with Refresh).
    However, in striking difference with Celeron 300A times, NOW the key point is the big CPUs costing $$$ are multicore and multithreaded.
    But with just 2 cores and no HT, your modern overclocked Celeron will have the overall maximum performance just 2 times its single threaded performance (at best). In multithreading tasks (games included these days), even being overclocked, your overclocked Celeron will still be no match to the STOCK frequency Core i5 (which has 6 MB L3 cache instead of your 2 MB), not even mentioning the mainstream LGA115x i7 with 8 HT threads and 8 MB L3.

    So, because of multithreading (no less than 4 cores/threads is serious these days), your overclocked to 4.5+ GHz $50 Celeron will perform overall around $120 Core i3. No better than that. Not bad, but no overall comparison to Core i5 or especially Core i7.
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  • TiGr1982 - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - link

    So, Celeron and the likes are for modern "typewriters"/web surfing :) Reply
  • fteoath64 - Thursday, March 6, 2014 - link

    This is what you get when there is no competition in the cpu space!. Yeah 100Mhz increase there. Fast enough already. Not even giving HD 5000 or 5100 graphics upgrade to i3 and i5 which might just negate a discrete gpu purchase for some. Talk about doing little to nothing!.
    AMD's APU is going in a different direction as Intels, so the segmentation of the market is just fractured for each to carve out their own niche. This is actually a dangerous duopoly cartel in the x86 world. This stagnation is likely going to last for a while as each tried to maximise their current process (Intel on 22nm, AMD on 28nm SPH) while the PC market declines further.
    So is Intel going the route of HSA in the near future or not ?. That is something they cannot really ignore unless they have a better solution than HSA up their sleeves ?. Sure there is time to see AMD ramping up the software side of things on HSA and tries to diversify the lower end segment. Intel can rest on their laurels and cut prices without doing much!. Tick-Tock ?!. There is Tock and more tocks we are going to hear and not a Tick until their 14nm kicks in whenever Intel feels it can reap more gains in the market. Not on a down turn but maybe on the up swing.
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  • LancerVI - Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - link

    Been using Intel for a while now and for obvious reasons, but I have to say, this is non-sense. A new motherboard is required for refreshes now!!! That's just plain outrageous!!! I don't care how slow AMD is, it might be time to build an Athlon box. Reply
  • OCguy - Friday, April 4, 2014 - link

    There is definitely word of K series processor...the article was right here on AT:

    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=23742...
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