Intel Haswell-E processor
Intel Haswell-E processor Review
The new X99 platform brings DDR4 and an eight-core processor to the desktop.Find out more about it here.
With the launch of Haswell-E, Intel has introduced three new desktop processors and an updated chipset to support them, called X99. Although the new chips are based on a similar 2011-pin layout to the previous Ivy Bridge-E enthusiast processors, these processors are not backwards compatible with older generation motherboards. If you want one of these chips, you’ll need to buy a new motherboard as well.
The new flagship model is the Core i7 5960X, which has eight physical processor cores, capable of running 16 threads simultaneously. Its standard clock frequency is 3 GHz, which goes up to 3.5 GHz when Turbo Mode kicks in. Shared between its eight cores is 20MB of level 3 cache, and support for 40 PCI-Express lanes. The chip retails for around £770 (around $1049, or AUS$1259).
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Joining it is the £450 (around $675, or AUS$865) Core i7 5930K, a six-core processor that runs at 3.5 GHz, and 3.7 GHz in Turbo. It too supports 40 PCI-Express lanes, but only has 15MB of level 3 cache.
The most affordable of the new range is the £300 (around $450, or AUS$577) Core i7 5820K. It’s another six-core model, running at 3.2 GHz, and up to 3.6 GHz in Turbo mode. It again has 15MB of cache, but only 28 PCI-Express lanes are supported.
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