Intel’s next generation Core i7 “Haswell-E” HEDT (high-end desktop) processor lineup has been detailed. The lineup is set to launch later this year accompanied by the X99 Express chipset. Three new processors will be laucnhed that will effectively replace the current Core i7-4820K, i7-4930K and the i7-4960X.
The flagship processor of the pack is the Core i7-5960X. This eight-core chip with HyperThreading will have 16 logical CPU cores. The chip will feature a massive 20 MB of L3 cahce. The chip will run with a base frequency of 3.0 GHz. This chip will have a 40-lane PCI-Express root complex, which makes it ideal for 4-GPU setups that could run at x8/x8/x8/x8 with another x8 link to drive high-badwidth solid state drives. Expect this chip to have a four-figure price.
Next up is the Core i7-5930K, which is a six-core chip. It offers a higher clock speed of 3.50 GHz and features a 15 MB L3 cache. It also features the same 40-lane PCI-Express root complex as the i7-5960X. We are guessing this chip will retail around the $600 mark.
The final processor in the lineup is the Core i7-5820K, this six-core chip is a nice departure from the quad-core entry level HEDT chips we have seen from Intel in the past. This chip will have a clock speed of 3.30 GHz and 15 MB of L3 cache. This is one catch with this chip, it will not feature the full 40-lane PCI-Express root complex, instead you will only have 16 + 8 lanes. So your GPU setup could be x16/NC/x8 or x8/x8/x8 with an additional x4 link. Expect this chip to be in the sub-$400 price-range.
All three chips have an integrated DDR4 memory controller and have a rated TDP of 140W.