The New Intel Haswell-E Processors

Intel has the tech world abuzz with their new Haswell-E line of unlocked processors. With good reason. There are two new six-core processors and introducing Intel’s first eight-core desktop processor, the top-of-the-line Core i7-5960X with 20MB of L3 cache and 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes.

You’ll get faster 4K video editing, faster 3D rendering and, in most cases, faster game physics compared to previous Intel CPUs.

The new line-up is an important step in the world of desktop computing, with the Haswell-E line supporting hyperthreading, the new X99 chipset and the new DDR4.

To quote the Intel Haswell-E press release, “This is the biggest bundle of amazing new technologies all hitting at once that I can ever remember seeing. Enthusiasts will be amazed at what they can do with DDR4 memory, 10 SATA 6GB ports, 40 PCI Express lanes and eight-core CPUs,” said Kelt Reeves, president of Falcon Northwest. 

Intel Haswell-E Processors

Intel Haswell-E processors

The Haswell-E line-up includes the Core i7-5930K, the Core i7-5820K and the Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition.

These are the world’s fastest desktop processors. That is, in standard format testing, meaning they are going to be hard to beat for overall desktop performance. However, for just hardcore gaming, there are other options.

The Haswell-E will sit on top of the new LGA 2011-V3 socket motherboards such as the Asus X99 DeLuxe and the MSI Gaming 7 and 9 series.

A bundle consisting of a new Haswell-E plus a new X99 chipset motherboard plus DDR4 RAM is not cheap but you will certainly get your money’s worth. Think of it this way, you’ll be able to render videos in the background while playing your favourite game. That’s pretty awesome.

Date: 12 Sep 2014