The 4th generation Core i7 HEDT (high-end desktop) platform is soon going to be launched by Intel and this has been codenamed as Haswell-E. We can expect to see this being launched by the third quarter of 2014, which might be after June, making it almost a year from the Core i7 “Ivy Bridge-E” launch.
Intel is surely going to be increasing the core counts across the board with its Haswell E and with this it is going to launch an affordable six-core part around the $400 mark and an eight-core part around the $600 mark. Lastly there is going to be an Extreme Edition eight-core part which is going to be placed around the $1,000 mark. All these three variations are going to feature the LGA2011-3 socket which has the exact same pin count as that of the current LGA2011. Though the pin count is the same, yet they are incompatible since the pin map of Haswell-E will differ from that of its predecessors. Intel’s X99 Express chipset is going to be sued for this platform. And it will support up to ten SATA 6 GB/s ports, and a large number of USB 3.0 ports.