2014 is going to be a busy year for Intel. They have many different product lines scheduled to launch and one of them is their Haswell-E platform. VR-Zone has posted a photo of the first Haswell-E engineering sample. This engineering sample features 8 cores and a 3 GHz clock speed.
Haswell-E will be part of the Extreme Series and this will be Intel’s first consumer chip to feature 8 native cores and 16 threads. Just like the previous generation of HEDT processors these would follow the same naming. So you will have the Core i7-5960X, Core i7-5930K, and Core i7-5820.
A Haswell-E processor will have 2 x16 and 3 x8 PCI-Express support with 40 lanes that would be directly connected to the DDR4 memory controller and Wellsburg X99 chipset. As far as features they will remain the same as before with SSE4, AVX, VT and AESNI.
Haswell-E will be the first HEDT platform to support DDR4 memory. DDR4 memory will only use 1.2v of power compared to 1.65/1.5v of standard DDR3. The new DDR4 will feature 288-pin DIMM connectors which will be found on the new X99 chipset motherboards. The DDR4 controller will offer quad channel memory support.
From previously leaked roadmaps Haswell-E is expected to launch in Q4 2014.