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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Taneli - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - linkSo 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?
BMNify - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - linkApple 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.
ImSpartacus - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - linkMmmm, I was wondering why they did that. That makes sense.
WorldWithoutMadness - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - linkFirst, 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.
systemBuilder - Saturday, June 27, 2015 - linkI 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.
fteoath64 - Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - linkHas 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.
zepi - Thursday, June 4, 2015 - linkHow 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.
nils_ - Thursday, June 4, 2015 - linkYeah there was a time when they even got the newest Xeon CPUs before they went out in general circulation.
Kevin G - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - linkThese 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.
dragonsqrrl - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link~47W TDP is quite common for the 15" Macbook Pro.