The launch date of the of Intel Corp.’s next-generation high-end desktop (HEDT) microprocessors code-named “Haswell-E” has been revealed by a web-site. The new chips as well as the new X99 desktop platform will be released in mid-September, just like their predecessors.
Intel plans to officially release the Core i7-5960X, the Core i7-5930K and the Core i7-5820K central processing units on the 14th of September, 2014, according to an excerpt from a document published by VR-Zone web-site. On the same date Intel also intends to unwrap its X99 core-logic set (code-named Wellsburg) designed for the new CPUs.
Starting from the 14th of September, expect hardware manufacturers and boutique PC makers to start rolling-out various PC parts supporting the new chips or complete systems featuring the new “Haswell-E” processors. One of the key innovations of the new processors and the new X99 platform will be the DDR4 memory.
Intel’s Core i7-5960X processor will be Intel’s first desktop chip with eight cores with the Hyper-Threading technology. The new top-of-the-range Extreme-series microprocessor also features 20MB L3 cache, quad-channel DDR4 memory controller (2133MHz maximum clock-rate) and 40 PCI Express 3.0 lanes in total. Since the chip sports eight cores with the HT tech, it will have 3.0GHz default clock-rate. The upcoming central processing units will be made using 22nm process technology and will be based on the Haswell micro-architecture.
Specifications of the new chips were revealed in late May.
As reported earlier, the new Core i7 “Haswell-E” 5000-series central processing units for high-end desktops will rely on the all-new Intel X99 core-logic set, which was developed specifically for performance and overclocking enthusiasts from the start. The X99 platform will support sophisticated tuning and overclocking capabilities, up to five devices in PCI Express 2.0/3.0 x8 mode (four graphics cards and one enthusiast-class solid-state drive in PCIe card form-factor), ten Serial ATA-6Gb/s ports, up to six USB 3.0 ports (14 USB ports in total) and so on.
Intel did not comment on the news-story.
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KitGuru Says: Keeping in mind that in many applications that do not take advantage of eight processing cores the Core i7-5960X will be slower than its predecessor, most of enthusiasts will overclock it. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how good the new chip will actually overclock. It is not easy to reach 4.0GHz+ frequencies with eight cores…