Intel Haswell-E and X99 Chipset Preview

Intel’s 4th Generation Core i7 HEDT (high-end desktop) processors codenamed “Haswell-E” along with the accompanying X99 chipset will be launched at the end of this week. With this launch we will see a whole slew of new motherboards and since this will be the first consumer platform to support DDR4 we will see many new DDR4 modules as well. Today we will be going over what we know about the upcoming processors, X99 chipset, new motherboards and DDR4 memory. If you are interested in the upcoming HEDT platform then this article should give you all of the information that you need.

We will keep this post updated throughout the week if there are any more details revealed.


The Processors

Much like the previous Ivy Bridge-E lineup, which featured the Core i7-4960X, Core i7-4930K, and i7-4820K the Haswell-E lineup will be made up of three processors. These processors are the Core i7-5960X, Core i7-5930K, and Core i7-5820K.

The flagship processor of the pack is the Core i7-5960X. This eight-core chip with HyperThreading will have 16 logical CPU cores. The chip will feature a massive 20 MB of L3 cahce. The chip will run with a base frequency of 3.0 GHz. This chip will have a 40-lane PCI-Express root complex, which makes it ideal for 4-GPU setups that could run at x8/x8/x8/x8 with another x8 link to drive high-badwidth solid state drives. The Core i7-5960X will have a MSRP of $999.

Next up is the Core i7-5930K, which is a six-core chip. It offers a higher clock speed of 3.50 GHz and features a 15 MB L3 cache. It also features the same 40-lane PCI-Express root complex as the i7-5960X. The Core i7-5930K will have a MSRP of $583.

The final processor in the lineup is the Core i7-5820K, this six-core chip is a nice departure from the quad-core entry level HEDT chips we have seen from Intel in the past. This chip will have a clock speed of 3.30 GHz and 15 MB of L3 cache. This is one catch with this chip, it will not feature the full 40-lane PCI-Express root complex, instead you will only have 16 + 8 lanes. So your GPU setup could be x16/NC/x8 or x8/x8/x8 with an additional x4 link. The Core i7-5820K is only $389, that’s just $50 more than the Core i7-4790K!

Intel Core i7 "Haswell-E" Processor Lineup Detailed

All three chips have an integrated DDR4 memory controller and have a rated TDP of 140W.

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