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New photos of Core i7-5960X ‘Haswell-E’ show up on the web

While the photos of the upcoming Intel Core i7-5900-series “Haswell-E” processors are no longer considered a breakthrough news, they still pose a lot of interest, especially if they are in high-resolution and reveal the backside of the chips.

The first image of an engineering sample of the Intel Core i7-5900-series “Haswell-E” microprocessor emerged about a year ago and revealed that the new CPUs will use a different integrated heat-spreader (IHS) design compared to the available LGA2011 processors. Recently Hermitage Akihabara has posted additional photos of the Core i7-5960X processor to confirm the new IHS (which will be soldered to the “Haswell-E” die) as well as to unveil the backside of the chip.

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The bottom of the chip reveals power delivery circuit of the “Haswell-E” die. It is noteworthy that the amount of capacitors on the bottom side of the “Haswell-E” is not really high. In fact, the count of capacitors is considerably lower compared to the amount of capacitors in the power delivery circuit of the code-named “Devil’s Canyon” chips (code-named “Haswell” design), which is strange. Moreover, there are a lot of places for additional components, which remain unused.

Keeping in mind that the “Haswell-E” processors feature completely different internal design compared to the “Devil’s Canyon” chips, it is unclear whether that design actually needs a really sophisticated power delivery circuitry (like the “Haswell” processors do) to offer good overclockability.

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As previously reported, the new Intel Core i7 HEDT family of processors due on the 29th of August will include three models: the Core i7-5960X, the Core i7-5930K and the Core i7-5820K. Intel’s Core i7-5960X processor will be the company’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.

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KitGuru Says: The launch of the Core i7 Extreme “Haswell-E” chips is due in exactly two weeks’ time. All the mysteries of the “Haswell-E” will be uncovered in KitGuru’s review, so stay tuned.

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