Intel Reponds: (Some Of?) Tom's Hardware's Haswell Figures Are Not Correct

It didn't take long for an official Intel representative to comment on the leaked Haswell performance figures from the hardware tech site Tom's Hardware Guide. François Piednoel - we all know who he is - states in a Twitter conversation with Anandtech's Ian Cutress that the performance figures as posted in the THG Haswell review are not correct. As we already mentioned in our previous news post, we expected Intel to come out with this kind of public response as it seems to have become standard practice. Remember Sandy Bridge? Until the very last minute, enthusiasts were told not to believe any of the leaked performance reviews with ES silicon as the retail stepping would behave significantly different. Well, turned out it was not at all different.

In any case, it seems that Intel was not too happy with the article. Whether this will result in THG undergoing some kind of "punishment" is still a question. From first-hand information, we know that Intel might be looking for the culprits responsible for providing the CPU to Tom's Hardware. We use the "might" as sending an official email doesn't mean you're actually looking for the leak. Officially, Intel has to complain ...

As a final note to this short news post, maybe a tip for the Intel detectives. If you suspect a mainboard vendor to have leaked the CPU to THG, pay attention to the next Z87 motherboard round-up review. There might be a surprising golden Editor's Choice award ... *wink*


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Bulgaria GunGod says:

lol THG wont be happy for ur comment :D

United States Splave says:

"Until the very last minute, enthusiasts were told not to believe any of the leaked performance reviews with ES silicon as the retail stepping would behave significantly different. Well, turned out it was not at all different."

This time, it is true :P

Canada Trouffman says:

Love it :D and love the last sentence too :D

United States NoGuru says:

I don't care as long as it scales.

TaPaKaH says:

Of course Intel won't admit the accuracy of any pre-release benchmark numbers. It's like shooting yourself in the leg - Francois saying that THG's numbers were accurate (or near accurate) would imply Intel themselves leaking performance information.

Eeky NoX says:

NoGuru said: I don't care as long as it scales moaaaar.

Corrected ;)

Yeah sure Sam.
But no real amazing stuff... IMC?? random batch performance etc... 4months to wait imho...

K404 says:

Eeky NoX said: Corrected ;)

Yeah sure Sam.
But no real amazing stuff... IMC?? random batch performance etc... 4months to wait imho...


2 months max ;) Release is start of June, we will see "proper" leaks before then

Eeky NoX says:

Yup ofc Kenny, but I was talking about retails bining feedbacks :D (4mths for me...)

Belgium Massman says:

Spoke to a couple of industry representatives who are used to dealing with Intel regarding NDA and launch dates and I was quite amazed by how Intel talks behind the scenes. It's quite simple: as far as media leaks go, senior management DOES NOT care! In fact, there's very little they can or are willing to do as far as media/marketing leaks go; there will be no lawsuits, not financial retribution and so on. The only thing Intel really cares about is sales. So, to put it simple: manufacturers helping media to do pre-NDA coverage will not be punished. Manufacturers that start selling before the NDA will get delayed chipset shipments etc. In other words: if you're sitting on a Haswell CPU and did not sign any NDA you might as well go ahead and post the results. As much as Intel reps are complaining in public about the leaks, senior management doesn't mind. In fact, they probably love the attention the Haswell CPU is getting. As long as all the news regarding the new architecture is positive (eg: Anand's Sandy Bridge leak), they're happy. The only reason why you'd not break NDA is out of respect for the people you work with.

Australia Jimba says:

So let the floodgates open? :D

Belgium Massman says:

Nah, a lot of people actually respect the people they work with ;)

Indonesia Lucky_n00b says:

Massman said:

The only reason why you'd not break NDA is out of respect for the people you work with.


This. :)

United States hokiealumnus says:

Massman said: The only reason why you'd not break NDA is out of respect for the people you work with.


Bingo. I've never broken an NDA, yet have never physically signed an NDA agreement. Why? Because I have this little thing called respect. Respect for our Intel/AMD/NVIDIA/<insertpartnerhere> PR contact, respect for fellow web sites and respect for self. I've even been given permission to break NDA when other sites jumped the gun and held off, because it's what I said I'd do.

Saying 'but I've never signed an NDA' is a cop out, and a poor one at that. I value integrity over one day/week's pageviews any day.

United States sin0822 says:

or they jut want to get early stuff next time too lol

CL3P20 says:

sin0822 said: or they jut want to get early stuff next time too lol


Lol.. this ^^^.

United States Movieman says:

Massman said: Spoke to a couple of industry representatives who are used to dealing with Intel regarding NDA and launch dates and I was quite amazed by how Intel talks behind the scenes. It's quite simple: as far as media leaks go, senior management DOES NOT care! In fact, there's very little they can or are willing to do as far as media/marketing leaks go; there will be no lawsuits, not financial retribution and so on. The only thing Intel really cares about is sales. So, to put it simple: manufacturers helping media to do pre-NDA coverage will not be punished. Manufacturers that start selling before the NDA will get delayed chipset shipments etc.

In other words: if you're sitting on a Haswell CPU and did not sign any NDA you might as well go ahead and post the results. As much as Intel reps are complaining in public about the leaks, senior management doesn't mind. In fact, they probably love the attention the Haswell CPU is getting. As long as all the news regarding the new architecture is positive (eg: Anand's Sandy Bridge leak), they're happy.

The only reason why you'd not break NDA is out of respect for the people you work with.

I agree. I remember waiting for the NDA on the westmere's to lift on March 16,2010. I had them and the first SR2 system in the USA but I waited just for courtesy. Funny thing is I asked Fran...oops, Intel when the NDA was going to end and was told "If your not under NDA I can't tell you the date"...Made me laugh, you try to do the right thing and they just don't appreciate it at all.

United Kingdom borandi says:

Movieman said: I agree. I remember waiting for the NDA on the westmere's to lift on March 16,2010. I had them and the first SR2 system in the USA but I waited just for courtesy. Funny thing is I asked Fran...oops, Intel when the NDA was going to end and was told "If your not under NDA I can't tell you the date"...Made me laugh, you try to do the right thing and they just don't appreciate it at all.


It's like the difference between an injunction and a super injunction.

Injunction you are allowed to talk about but no details are released,
Super injunction you're not allowed to talk about any details at all

Even NDA dates usually fall under the second one.

United States Movieman says:

borandi said: It's like the difference between an injunction and a super injunction.

Injunction you are allowed to talk about but no details are released,
Super injunction you're not allowed to talk about any details at all

Even NDA dates usually fall under the second one.


I agree but when someone messages you and says they have the system up and running and inquires as to when the NDA is lifting so that they can post on that date to tell them "If your not under NDA I can't tell you the date the NDA lifts" just flies in the face of common sense. I was asking him out of courtesy to Intel plain and simple but they couldn't understand that. I had to find out through other sources.

United States sin0822 says:

Yea i have actually heard of that dates are under NDA too, i guess it makes sense though because dates are strategic for launches. ALSO there is another issue, that is some sites(media) are given different dates than others to post, so if you ask media for instance they will tell you to post whenever you were told you can post.

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