As part of Intel’s batch of announcements today, including Broadwell on the desktop and Thunderbolt 3, the 47W laptop/mini-PC processors that were also launched offers an interesting talking point. These are essentially the drop in models for current high end Haswell laptops, offering manufacturers an upgrade path before Intel’s 6th Generation, Skylake.

The five SKUs are:

Intel 47W Broadwell Lineup
  i7-5950HQ i7-5850HQ i7-5750HQ i7-5700HQ i5-5350H
Price $623 $434 $434 $378 $289
Cores 4 4 4 4 2
Threads 8 8 8 8 4
Base CPU Freq. 2.9GHz 2.7GHz 2.5GHz 2.7GHz 3.0GHz
Turbo CPU Freq. 3.7GHz 3.6GHz 3.4GHz 3.5GHz 3.5GHz
Graphics Iris Pro 6200 (GT3e) Iris Pro 6200 (GT3e) Iris Pro 6200 (GT3e) HD 5600
(GT2)
Iris Pro 6200 (GT3e)
EUs 48 48 48 24 48
iGPU Freq. 1150MHz 1100MHz 1105MHz 1050MHz 1050MHz
TDP 47W 47W 47W 47W 47W
DRAM Freq.
(DDR3L / LPDDR3L)
1600MHz / 
1866MHz
1600MHz / 
1866MHz
1600MHz / 
1866MHz
1600MHz / 
1866MHz
1600MHz / 
1866MHz
L3 Cache 6MB 6MB 6MB 6MB 4MB
L4 Cache 128MB (Crystal Well) 128MB (Crystal Well) 128MB (Crystal Well) None 128MB (Crystal Well)
Interface BGA BGA BGA BGA BGA

The clear odd one out here is the i7-5700HQ, already announced in some laptops, which holds HD 5600 graphics whereas the rest are on Iris Pro 6200 with Crystal Well and have an extra 128 MB of eDRAM that acts as an L4 cache. The i5 is also the lower SKU coming with two cores and four threads, suggesting that this is a disabled die to satisfy yields rather than a native dual core design. Pricing is appropriate, with the i5 also getting only 4MB of L3 cache but a higher base frequency than some of the quad core variants.

We have 47W Broadwell based laptops inbound for review, but the interesting element in this is that Apple recently updated their Macbook Pro line but decided not to wait for the official Broadwell announcement. It is a little unclear why, but the i7-4770HQ and i7-4870HQ variants would match up nicely (with speed bumps) to the i7-5750HQ and i7-5870HQ as they are both listed at the same price.

Source: Intel

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  • Taneli - Tuesday, June 02, 2015 - link

    So Apple couldn't wait two weeks to update their 15" Macbook Pro? Intel having delays in quantity shipments or/and the performance delta to Haswell is negligible? Reply
  • BMNify - Tuesday, June 02, 2015 - link

    Apple got big discounts on old intel chips just like they got huge discounts on very old AMD chips, the profit margin should be much better now and most of the userbase don't care about these things, Apple shareholders will be happy too. The so called "enthusiasts" are in minority and can do their own due diligence before purchasing the tools for their usage. Reply
  • ImSpartacus - Tuesday, June 02, 2015 - link

    Mmmm, I was wondering why they did that. That makes sense. Reply
  • WorldWithoutMadness - Tuesday, June 02, 2015 - link

    First, Broadwell is short lived as skylake is coming, there is no point in waiting for the more power hungry as the difference is tiny. The difference would be very small and most people won't notice the difference at all. They gain more profit by selling with larger margin and everybody is happy.

    Heck, I won't even be surprised if somehow Apple skip Skylake altogether or go with Skylake when Cannonlake is announced.
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  • systemBuilder - Saturday, June 27, 2015 - link

    I wouldn't hold my breath for skylake, I imagine the CPU's will be slower but they will save more power, as has been happening for the past 2 generations, except for the iGPU. Reply
  • fteoath64 - Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - link

    Has been their sourcing strategy for ages. This is how they can rake in record profits due to high margins at the expense of non premium parts put in a so-called premium machine. Lies and half truths sells all the time in this world as most users are ignorant about what they got!. Very few are of the anandtech readership types out there unfortunately. Reply
  • zepi - Thursday, June 04, 2015 - link

    How do you explain them being the only manufacturer with premium Haswell-chips with the most powerful Iris graphics in their laptops? Everyone else was using cut-down gpu's.

    Doesn't fit at all with the "sourcing strategy" that you are implying.
    Reply
  • nils_ - Thursday, June 04, 2015 - link

    Yeah there was a time when they even got the newest Xeon CPUs before they went out in general circulation. Reply
  • Kevin G - Tuesday, June 02, 2015 - link

    These are 47W chips: too power hungry for the Apple's Retina line up.

    I'm not sure we'll be seeing 25W and 35W chips. Now would be the appropriate time to launch them, even if you have to delay availability by a month. Since we haven't heard much, I suspect that Intel is going all in with Sky Lake.
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  • dragonsqrrl - Tuesday, June 02, 2015 - link

    ~47W TDP is quite common for the 15" Macbook Pro. Reply

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