Intel is all set to unveil their next generation Haswell-E HEDT platform in a few days. The Haswell-E platform consists of three processors and the all-new Intel X99 chipset which will also bring support for the latest DDR4 memory. Among all other features, this new platform is also bringing 8-core desktop processor to consumers for the first time. Prior to this, Intel delivered 6-core chips to consumers in 2010.
Intel Haswell-E Prices Leaked; 5960X for $999 & 5820K for $389
We know pretty much everything about the upcoming platform including the complete specifications of the new processors and details of a number of upcoming X99-based motherboards. Only thing that was not revealed until this point is the pricing and that’s also changing right now as VideoCardz has leaked the Haswell-E prices. They’ve got hands on a large marketing deck regarding the Haswell-E which confirms all the information apart from revealing the pricing.
Intel Haswell-E Specifications
|Core i7-5960X||Core i7-5930K||Core i7-5820K|
|Base Clock||3 GHz||3.5 GHz||3.3 GHz|
|Turbo Clock||3.5 GHz||3.7 GHz||3.6 GHz|
|PCIe Configuration||2×16 + 1×8||2×16 + 1×8||1×16 + 1×8 + 1×4|
|Socket||LGA 2011-3||LGA 2011-3||LGA 2011-3|
As expected, the top-end Core i7-5960X with 8 cores and 12 threads will be sold for $999. That’s the same price as previous top-end Intel processors. The Core i7-5930K which sits at the middle of the product stack with 6 cores and 12 threads will be sold for $583. Apart from lower core count and higher clocks, this is exactly the same processor as the Core i7-5960X. Then comes the ‘cheapest’ Haswell-E processor, the Core i7-5820K. It has 6 cores, 12 threads as its bigger brother but has slightly lower clocks. Furthermore, it has fewer PCIe lanes which means that 3-way GPU configurations aren’t really practical with this processor.
The new processors along with new motherboard and DDR4 memory will be officially announced on August 29, 2014.