As spotted by, in a rare event, Intel has canceled its plan to EOL one of its low-end Haswell-generation processors, resuming processor shipments for the foreseeable future. Curiously, the change in plans comes less than two weeks after Intel first began the process of discontinuing the processor. And while Intel does not publish their the detailed rationale behind their decisions in their product change notifications, given the company's ongoing low-end CPU shortage, it's fair to say that Intel needs all of the low-end CPUs it can get at the moment.

The processor in question is Intel’s Pentium G3420, which offers two Haswell architecture CPU cores (no HyperThreading) running at 3.20 GHz, as well as the company’s HD integrated graphics. The 22nm chip is compatible with the widely available LGA1151 infrastructure that supports 53 W CPUs. As a part of Intel’s Haswell family, the chip was originally meant to be used inside low-end desktops, and it has also found its way into devices such as NAS boxes.

Keeping in mind that most embedded versions of Haswell CPUs have been EOLed, this one could be an answer to demand from that market. Alternatively, ComputerBase believes that the change in plans is a stop-gap for Intel, so that they have some kind of low-end Core-based Pentium processor to offer OEMs who are currently being starved of suitable Skylake chips.

The statement from Intel reads as follows:

This revision supersedes the prior EOL notice and is intended to inform customers that they do not need to do anything more on their end for last orders and should plan on this product being available as usual. Please disregard the notice of the product End of Life as shared in prior communications and note that this product will continue to be available for orders as usual. Intel is not pursuing EOL of this product at this time.

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Sources: Intel, ComputerBase

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  • xenol - Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - link

    OEMs can still add on top of the driver stack. This is why Microsoft started the DCH standard.
  • lightningz71 - Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - link

    You also forget one thing, DDR3 support. Haswell, (excluding some of the more expensive mobile products) was the last inexpensive desktop oriented product that supported DDR3. For OEMs, DDR3 is dirt cheap. Changing to anything newer means moving to DDR4, which is a big change in supply and platform design and cost.
  • danielfranklin - Monday, December 9, 2019 - link

    sandtitz below hits its exactly.
    You also have to remember this isnt for 1st world countries.
    Everyones getting upset on other sites as if Intel is forcing everyone to buy them.
    There are billions of people in the world who would love a machine with one of these in it.
    Its easy to forget in our bubbles...
  • Korguz - Monday, December 9, 2019 - link

    and living in intels bubbles of lies is better ??
  • Retycint - Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - link

    He's referring to our bubbles of privilege, affluent enough to be able to choose what parts we want in our PC. Might seem like a given, but there are many poor people in rural environments that don't have this privilege
  • Samus - Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - link

    Because they're already build reference designs around the H81, Q85, B85 chipsets that can be founds in a million NAS's, kiosks and embedded applications. ELO still ships their mainstream NEC production monitors with embedded Haswell PC' all those menu screens you see at McDonalds and every other food establishment. They sell a Skylake H110 slice card for $800 more, but most people are probably opting for the cheaper Haswell card because performance is nearly the same and these things don't need to be very powerful for their applications.
  • 5080 - Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - link

    Better question, why would any user buy this over an AMD system. Not to mention that this intel CPU comes with all un-patched security holes and needs software mitigations that slows it down. It's just a terrible investment all around.
  • Irata - Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - link

    Financial incentives ?
  • Foeketijn - Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - link

    They already have the other tools to go along. OEM's don't switch supplier and with that the platform easily. Bu on the other hand, I don't see HP/Dell etc. sell Haswell Computers, even at the lowest price range. Maybe it's different in India and the like? Or even better, fill China with these chips for their security features (even though most where in HT I thought).
  • prisonerX - Monday, December 9, 2019 - link

    No one can say Intel isn't innovative.

    Just not in processors.

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