Intel Launches Five 47W Laptop Broadwell SKUsby Ian Cutress on June 2, 2015 8:50 AM EST
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|
|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
|Iris Pro 6200 (GT3e)|
(DDR3L / LPDDR3L)
|L4 Cache||128MB (Crystal Well)||128MB (Crystal Well)||128MB (Crystal Well)||None||128MB (Crystal Well)|
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.
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En1gma - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - linkin clevo mainstream gaming "barebones", for example, i can choose hi-end gpu and low-end cpu: there are 3 variants of mb (igpu, low-gpu, mid-gpu) and socketed cpu.
in apple custom mbp (in fact it's mainstream gaming nb in alu case) i can choose hi-end gpu with hi-end cpu only
r3loaded - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - linkGiven that Apple usually gets first dibs on Intel's chips, why didn't they get Broadwell into their 15 inch MBP? This would have been a simply drop-in!
jeffkibuule - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - linkYou assume Intel would have enough stock to fulfill all of Apple's likely orders on day one.
TallestJon96 - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - linkIt seems to me that someone should make a laptop that supports desktop i3s, as it is essentially a mobile i5 for much less. Am I missing something?
unityole - Thursday, June 4, 2015 - linklololol more soldered BGA crap, mobile section is DONE. when MSI decided to have their 18" laptop giant go with a soldered CPU is when it doesn't fit top end category. time to go for clevo that went with 5775c in their laptop.
neo_1221 - Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - linkSo the 5850 is the same price as the 5750, but has higher base, turbo, and GPU clocks at the same TDP. Why is the 5750 a thing then? The only difference I can see is that it has cTDP down (37W) which the 5850 isn't listed as supporting...
Wolfpup - Thursday, June 11, 2015 - linkNice little upgrade, though it continues to be incredibly lame they don't offer a part that dumps the GPU and adds more cores. At this point there's zero reason they couldn't do a 6-core part...probably even charge more for it even though it wouldn't cost more to produce.
Yeah, some of these have better GPUs than the previous ones, but who cares? It's getting to the point where full quad core, 47 watt parts are only used in high end notebooks, and for those you want a real GPU, not Intel graphics, so the Intel GPU is either wasting space, or worse, being used for Optimus (which doesn't work...try actually running a wide variety of programs for a length of time on it, not just launching a couple of games and going "hey, it works!")
systemBuilder - Saturday, June 27, 2015 - linkGood point, if they can do a 2-CPU / 4-core i5 processor for the macbook air @15W per core, they certainly could make a 6-CPU / 12-core i9 processor for the macbook air^2 @ 45W.
systemBuilder - Saturday, June 27, 2015 - linkSometimes the L4 cache is broken and also the eDRAM for the Iris Pro 6200. We call those chips "i7-5700HQ" and disable half the EU's as punishment. Sometimes one or two CPU's is broken by a crappy manufacturing run. We reconfigure those chips to give each CPU 2MB of the L2 cache and call those chips "i5-5350HQ". 'Nuff said!