• The Evolution of Intel's Core i Processors


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    Published on 08-08-2013 10:31 AM by
    With the recent arrival of Intel's 4th generation Core i "Haswell" CPUs, we thought we'd take a look back at the evolution of the consumer based Core i series. It's been quite a journey over the last few years!

    Series Released Representative CPUs First Supported

    Clarkdale & Lynnfield
    September 2009
    (Lynnfield)

    January 2010
    (Clarkdale)
    i3-530
    i5-750
    i7-860
    10.6.2

    Sandy Bridge
    January 2011 i3-2105
    i5-2500K
    i7-2600K
    10.6.8
    10.7.0

    Ivy Bridge
    April 2012 i3-3225
    i5-3570K
    i7-3770K
    10.7.5
    10.8.0

    Haswell
    June 2013 i3 (unreleased)
    i5-4670K
    i7-4770K
    To Be Determined

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    Comments 19 Comments
    1. teenspirit7's Avatar
      teenspirit7 -
      Just a heads up, the last link for the Clarkdale is broken
    1. tonymacx86's Avatar
      tonymacx86 -
      Fixed- thanks!
    1. jboehm's Avatar
      jboehm -
      Your missing Bloomfield. Bloomfield, Clarkdale & Lynnfield are all in the first Core i microarchitecture, codename Nehalem.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nehale...oarchitecture)

      Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge are both in the second Core i microarchitecture with the Sandy Bridge codename
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Bridge

      The Haswell line of parts, is the first in the third Core i microarchitecture that is also named Haswell.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haswel...oarchitecture)
    1. tonymacx86's Avatar
      tonymacx86 -
      Yea it was based on the 1156, 1155, and 1150 desktop sockets, ie the 1st-4th generation "consumer" series. The 1366 and 2011 sockets weren't included.
    1. teenspirit7's Avatar
      teenspirit7 -
      It would be great to see how long it took apple to adopt each architecture. Love the images by the way
    1. tonymacx86's Avatar
      tonymacx86 -
      Quote Originally Posted by teenspirit7 View Post
      It would be great to see how long it took apple to adopt each architecture. Love the images by the way
      10.6.2 > November 9, 2009
      10.6.8 > June 23, 2011 - http://tonymacx86.blogspot.com/2011/...68-update.html
      10.7.5 > September 19, 2012 - http://www.tonymacx86.com/152-mac-os...-5-update.html
      10.8.5 > ??

    1. dddirtman's Avatar
      dddirtman -
      lol love the pimply ivy bridge....
    1. teenspirit7's Avatar
      teenspirit7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tonymacx86 View Post
      10.6.2 > November 9, 2009
      10.6.8 > June 23, 2011 - http://tonymacx86.blogspot.com/2011/...68-update.html
      10.7.5 > September 19, 2012 - http://www.tonymacx86.com/152-mac-os...-5-update.html
      10.8.5 > ??

      Thanks! This means there is an average of 127.6 days from release that apple will release a compatible OSX

      By my calculation then, we will see Haswell support on:

      Wednesday, 27th November
    1. AppleiPwnd's Avatar
      AppleiPwnd -
      How's the compatibility going with the Haswell series?
    1. timmillea's Avatar
      timmillea -
      I have my Haswell box assembled and sitting at the side of me now (based on a Gigabyte H87-HD3 MB and a Core i5 4570). Just waiting for an old-fashioned USB keyboard and mouse to arrive in the post before I can stay meddling with the BIOS and installing Ubuntu. If Mavericks is not compatible, then Ubuntu will be staying. It's my first ever self-build and I have at last been liberated by being able to source every component separately to best suit my needs. Still, I am a little worried about switching it on for the first time - probably tomorrow.
    1. kidpub's Avatar
      kidpub -
      It'd also be fun to see how long after a new architecture was announced did it become nearly impossible to walk into Microcenter and find a compatible motherboard. I was at the Cambridge MA store a few weeks ago and an associate and I had to hunt for a Z77 board! Zillions of Z87 boards available.
    1. giromac's Avatar
      giromac -
      Has anyone tried a Haswell build by using the 10.8.4+ build included with the new MacBook Air's? At least back in the 10.5 era it normally had everything you needed to boot most things, letting us make ASR, NetBoot and NetInstall images.

      That would be the way to test it out now before 10.8.5 comes out, cloning it to an external drive and then booting the other machine. If there isn't any pressing issues on 10.8.4 Apple could very well wait on 10.8.5 until new hardware like the new iMacs come out (or MacBook Pros).
    1. brabusamg55's Avatar
      brabusamg55 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jboehm View Post
      Your missing Bloomfield. Bloomfield, Clarkdale & Lynnfield are all in the first Core i microarchitecture, codename Nehalem.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nehale...oarchitecture)

      Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge are both in the second Core i microarchitecture with the Sandy Bridge codename
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Bridge

      The Haswell line of parts, is the first in the third Core i microarchitecture that is also named Haswell.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haswel...oarchitecture)

      Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge are actually not in the same generation even tho they are using the same socket. Sandy Bridge is 32nm while Ivy Bridge is the follow on with 22nm and new monolithic was new on Ivy Bridge. Intel in general calls Haswell Forth Generation Core i. Sandy uses 6 series PCH and Ivy uses 7 series PCH. while 7 series is backward compatible with Sandy CPU, 6 series PCH will not work with Ivy Bridge CPU unless manufacture follows Intel cross platform guideline and add V core support for Ivy Bridge.
    1. afinotti's Avatar
      afinotti -
      I my understanding the "baby" is the 4770 and the "old" is 860...wrong?
    1. Astic's Avatar
      Astic -
      Quote Originally Posted by afinotti View Post
      I my understanding the "baby" is the 4770 and the "old" is 860...wrong?
      Wrong, the baby is the 860 while the old is 4770. (So the baby picture shows the old stuff which is the 860, while the picture of the guy with a handbag is the showing the new which is 4770)
    1. Astic's Avatar
      Astic -
      Quote Originally Posted by afinotti View Post
      I my understanding the "baby" is the 4770 and the "old" is 860...wrong?
      Wrong the baby is the 860 and the old is 4770. (So the baby picture shows the old processors while the picture of the guy with the suit shows the new processors which is the 4770)
    1. hoangtaiki's Avatar
      hoangtaiki -
      Can we setup 10.9 mavericks on intel ivy bridge? I am going to buy a PC to set up Mac OS :(
    1. custommademac's Avatar
      custommademac -
      Quote Originally Posted by teenspirit7 View Post
      Thanks! This means there is an average of 127.6 days from release that apple will release a compatible OSX

      By my calculation then, we will see Haswell support on:

      Wednesday, 27th November
      WOW ! I like that calculation !
    1. iceboltz's Avatar
      iceboltz -
      haha, but it seems that sandy bridge still the best for gamers..