Intel’s Haswell To Ship In Three BGA Packages

/ 4 years ago


There has been much speculation in the industry about whether Intel will stop making LGA package processors in favour of BGA package processors. Well, this speculation may have some traction in the long term but in the short term we can see that Intel are doing very little with Haswell and the BGA package.

Put simply, BGA packages are those whereby the processor is fused into the motherboard. This means that the processor is not removable and if the processor or motherboard become faulty the entire BGA package of the motherboard and CPU has to be replaced. While the LGA package is what we currently see whereby motherboards and processors are sold separately and you can mix any same socket motherboard with same socket CPU.

Intel’s Haswell was rumoured to be dominated by BGA packages and pessimists were citing the end of the PC market as we know it. Haswell does indeed have BGA packages, but they are minimal in terms of their number and look set to be targeted at Intel’s NUC system only.

The BGA package Haswell processors can be seen in the below table, they are denoted by an “R” in Intel’s Haswell series. They come in quad core variants only, with 65W TDPs and 6 or 4MBs of cache. All feature turbo boost and varying clock speeds depending on how high up the product chain they are placed. Only one model features hyper threading and that is the i7 4770R.


The 65W TDP is important as it is much less than the 84W TDP of the desktop variants. The main selling point is the Intel HD 5200 GT3 graphics which are expected to be miles better than the Intel HD 4600 GT graphics on Haswell LGA processors and significantly better than the HD 4000 graphics on some current Ivy Bridge processors.

The launch is likely to be alongside the Haswell desktop and mobile launch in June sometime. As mentioned Intel will definitely try and push these alongside their NUC (next unit of computing) systems and may have NUCs prefitted with these processors ready to ship on launch.

What are your thoughts on BGA package Haswell processors?


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  • d6bmg

    Intel is trying to please everyone at the same time.. 😛
    New “R’ series.. Only time will tell where it can go.

  • Carlo

    any news on which socket they will be supporting?

    • I don’t understand what you are asking? BGA processors have no socket, they come as-is in a motherboard. Intel’s Haswell LGA processors will support socket LGA 1150 only.

    • FireLynx

      thought they would be 1155 sockets

      • Nope. They are LGA 1150 only. This means they won’t work with LGA 1155 motherboards and LGA 1155 Processors won’t work with LGA 1150 motherboards.

  • I see no reason why they can’t co-exist for the time being. BGA will most likely become stronger & LGA will probably fade into obscurity in the future. Hope I’m wrong on that point.

  • marty1408

    I cannot really see the fuss about BGA. Most people when they upgrade will need a new motherboard anyway, as Haswell LGA is socket 1155 and not 1155, so the upgrade argument goes there. Plus most users will hold onto their CPUs for more then a year and so when the next upgrade cycle comes up a new LGA socket will be there as well, if LGA CPUs still exist then.