Intel Xeon E5-2699 v3 ES goes on sale in China; Benchmarks revealed

It has been an interesting summer with numerous leaks surrounding Intel’s latest Haswell-E and Haswell-EP platforms. In July, we revealed the complete line up of the upcoming Haswell-EP Xeon E5-2600 v3 CPUs with their respective prices. Since then our concentration has diverted to Haswell-E HEDT CPUs for consumers but today we have secured some more interesting information on Haswell-EP server CPUs. The flagship Xeon E5-2699 v3 processor’s engineering sample is available for purchase in China for ¥14,800 ($2408). It looks like someone got their hands on a whole tray of Xeon E5-2699 v3 ES and before putting them on sale he ran some tests on Cinebench.

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ADATA XPG Z1 and Avexir Platinum DDR4 Memory available for pre-order

Only a week remains till the world get its hands on the latest DDR4 memory and Haswell-E HEDT CPUs. We have seen several DDR4 memory modules in the past weeks starting from Crucial Ballistix Elite, Corsair Dominator Platinum and Corsair Vengeance LPX. All of these are available for pre-order from Overclockers UK with high VAT taxes. Now the UK retailer has extended the pre-order list with the already announced ADATA XPG Z1 and Avexir Platinum DDR4 quad channel kits. ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4 memory speed ranges from 2133 MHz to 2800 MHz while Avexir Platinum is only available with 2400 MHz in 16 GB and 32 GB kits.

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EVGA X99 Classified, X99 FTW & X99 Micro; details & prices

Only a few days are left until Intel launches their new Haswell-E platform including the new HEDT (high-end desktop processors) and Intel X99 chipset. Most of the manufacturers have unveiled a number of their new X99 based motherboards in previous weeks but we did not get to see EVGA’s motherboards till yet. Earlier today, EVGA unveiled three of their upcoming motherboards; the top of the line X99 Classified, the X99 FTW which falls in the middle and the X99 Mini mATX motherboard.

EVGA X99 Classified

AMD to celebrate 30 years of graphics with the launch of Radeon R9 285

AMD is celebrating 30 years of graphics and gaming innovation on August 23rd, 2014. The company will unveil its latest generation of Tonga GPUs at the same event as well. Tonga based Radeon R9 285 is expected since the early weeks of August and now we finally have a launch date. Radeon R9 285 is set to place the current Tahiti Pro GPU with better performance and improved power consumption. However, apart from the evolution of its graphics innovation AMD did not reveal any details of the event instead just a teaser “What’s Next?”.

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MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC detailed; features AVerMedia Streaming Engine

MSI showcased two of its high-end X99 motherboards at Gamescom 2014. Allroundpc a German media group took the liberty to headover to MSI’s booth and request some information regarding the upcoming X99S SLI Plus and X99S Gaming 9 AC motherboards. At first we only second guessed the specifications of the motherboards but today something new and exciting has been revealed. MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC features a streaming engine designed by AVerMedia which helps gamers to stream their gameplays without putting any stress on the CPU nor the GPU.

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GIGABYTE’s X99 Gaming G1 WiFi and X99 Gaming 7 available for pre-order

GIGABYTE has revealed three of its flagship X99 motherboards in the past two weeks but without any information on the pricing. Today, Aria PC has put two of the Gaming series boards on pre-order, X99 Gaming G1 WiFi and X99 Gaming 7. Unfortunately, we have yet to see any images of X99 Gaming 7 but we have a fair amount of information on X99 Gaming G1 WiFi. Both motherboards are designed for Intel’s upcoming Haswell-E HEDT processors and are equipped with Intel’s X99 chipset supporting DDR4 memory.

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New high-res photos of Core i7-5960X Haswell-E CPU leaked

Intel will be launching their completely revamped HEDT (high-end desktop) platform later this month. This platform includes the new Haswell-E desktop processors with up to 8 cores along with the new Intel X99 chipset and DDR4 memory. As we have previously reported many times, the Haswell-E processors utilize the newer LGA 2011-3 socket which is slightly different from the previous LGA 2011 socket which was utilized by the Ivy Bridge-E and Sandy Bridge-E chips. In addition to that, Intel has also redesigned the IHS (integrated heat spreader) and now it is soldered to the chip. New high resolution photos of the top of the line Core i7-5960X have leaked.

Intel Core i7-5960X