Intel Unveils 8-Core Haswell-E Line of Processors at PAX Prime Seattle
In present time, whenever someone talks of the next-gen PC hardware, the first thing that comes to mind is either upcoming Core i-series or Core M processors from Intel which are expected to be released sometime in next year and in late-2014, respectively.
Since there is still time in unveiling the processors mentioned above, Intel took it to PAX Prime conference in Seattle, WA to unleash the new Haswell-E line of CPUs, which will power the new gaming desktop system Alien Area 51, also announced recently.
The flagship CPU is called the Core i7-5960X and comes packed with eight physical cores (16 processor threads), 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes, and 20MB cache. The said CPU will run at a base clock frequency of 3.0 GHz and boosts up to 3.5 GHz in the turbo mode.
The next one is Core i7-5930K processor and comes with six physical cores (12 processor threads), 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes, and 15MB cache. This processor is capable of running at a base clock frequency of 3.5 GHz and boosts up to 3.7 GHz in the turbo mode.
Lastly, the Core i7-5820K processor also features six physical cores (12 processor threads), 28 PCI3 3.0 lanes, and 15MB of cache. Unlike the two high-end versions, it runs at a base clock frequency of 3.3 GHz and boosts up to a turbo frequency of 3.6 GHz.
Coming to the pricing details, the three processors mentioned above will set you back $999, $583, and $389, respectively. Furthermore, all three of these processors will be pre-unlocked, meaning that users with decent computer knowledge will be able to tune the BIOS and run at higher clock speeds.
The newly announced X99 chipset will offer DDR4 memory, up to USB 3.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, eight PCIe 3.0 lanes, and 10 SATA 6Gbps ports.
PC Gaming enthusiasts can expect to get their hands on the aforementioned processors starting from the beginning of September from major retailers.
Intel is claiming that the Core i7-5960X will offer 20 per cent boast while editing 4K videos, 32 per cent speed boast while rendering 3D visuals, 14 per cent speed boost in processing game physics, and AI. Not only this, but Intel is also claiming that it will be able to convert 4K videos into 1080p 34 per cent faster than Core i7-4960X and 69 per cent faster than Core i7-4790K.
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