Intel is getting ready for the Haswell launch slated for next spring and it seems the company has even decided on the pricing of the future offerings. The most affordable Haswell CPU at launch will be priced at $184 (€147) and will require a new mainboard sporting an LGA socket with 1150 pins.
Intel is reportedly
moving up from dual- to quad-cores when it comes to this market sector and the rumored price mark closely corresponds with what AMD
is currently charging for its fastest Bulldozer desktop processor.
The semiconductor giant is apparently rushing the Haswell launch and this move is likely caused by AMD’s Trinity and its graphics capabilities. Intel
’s HD 4000 iGPUs are quite capable, but they’re still inferior to the competition and the company wants to be able to offer a completely superior product ahead of AMD’s Richland launch.