Intel officially reveals Haswell-E CPU at PAX Prime

Intel had already launched the new Haswell-based CPUs in 2013, offering up revamped processors for desktops and mobile PCs that not only improved upon the overall performance of their third generation Core i-series but also reduced energy consumption in an effort to remove some stress off of batteries.  Many tablet PCs like the Surface Pro 3 have greatly benefited from using a Haswell CPU in its configuration, but for work/play professionals that are looking for the best Intel has to offer, earlier Haswell chips offered only slight advantages over the Ivy Bridge series in terms of raw computing performance.

Make no mistake about it: Haswell is currently the superior CPU generation (compared to Ivy Bridge) that not only offers better energy management while in-use but also better embedded graphics performance.  Still, if you're looking to make a sizable upgrade that justifies the money sink you're not going to enjoy the mild upgrade that comes from moving from an unlocked Ivy Bridge i5 or i7 to the newer unlocked Haswell i5 or i7 CPUs.  The good news is you now have a few sizable upgrade options on the horizon and they will be taking CPU performance to the "extreme".

Intel is at Pax Prime in Seattle, WA this weekend and has used the event to reveal their previously rumored Extreme Edition i7 CPUs under the Haswell chipset.  Dubbed the "Haswell-E" processor line, Intel will now offer the Core i7 5960X (eight-cores), the current flagship of Haswell-E, as well as the new i7-5930K and i7-5820K CPUs (both six-cores).  These new CPUs are heavy hitters for computing and are firsts for Intel in the six/eight core configuration, offering significant advantages over what was previously the best Haswell had to offer.  These three new CPUs will not have embedded graphics, so for those wishing to find a great all-in-one CPU that will do their graphics processing should look elsewhere.  

As indicated with the family comparison chart below, not only do the new Haswell-E CPUs bring advances to things like PCI-E lane offerings, physical cores and cache sizes but the inclusion of four-channel DDR4-2133 support.  With the new 5820/30K and 5960X CPUs you'll be able to drop in quad-channel DDR4, a memory type that hasn't been widely adopted yet but has seen companies like Samsung in the early manufacturing stages for the memory type.  The baseline i7-5820K starts at $389 and the prices quickly jump on your way up to the 5960X, so will you consider making the jump with your own PCs in the future?

Source: PC World, | Images: PC World

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One key diff. I feel is last gen i5/i7 uses DDR3 and the new one's going to use DDR4. Considering DDR3 is almost end of life, still the price point is really high for the new gen, but if we get in BF deal it'll be future proof for another 2-3yrs.

Yeah just got a 4790k myself and loving it :D Looks like i made a fairy future proof choice for the price :p the things mad the temps it runs at the standard 4ghz is low as hell and uses like only small amounts of power.

I thought Intel had already brought out six-core CPUs a while back with the i7 980X and 990X? As such, it isn't a first for six-core CPUs from Intel.

boydo said,
I thought Intel had already brought out six-core CPUs a while back with the i7 980X and 990X? As such, it isn't a first for six-core CPUs from Intel.


It is worth pointing out that the cost and performance difference in per core speeds are worlds apart, which makes this an important release.

In single core performance, an Intel i3 from 2013/2014 is 140% faster than the Intel i7-990X. (So in basic daily usage and light gaming, a $120 CPU is going to be faster than the $1500 CPU from 2011.)

Even if you slam all the processing of the 990X physical and logical cores together (12 total) at 100% utilization, it is only slightly faster than an Intel i5 from 2013 with only four (4) cores.

So, although this isn't a 'first', it is important as end users can now get a massive performance jump in the $300 price range.

You're right about Intel's first-gen Core-i series offering a set of hexa-core CPUs. Apologies for the miswording as it was meant to be firsts for Haswell, though the octa-core configuration is a first for the Core-i series period.

I built a 4770/32GB RAM system last year for photography/videography editing. Dedicated SSD scratch (even with 32GB RAM, the scratch still gets used), and it just flies.

But the next time I build another machine for this task, I reckon I'm going with whatever generation E variant is out. Cannonlake maybe? Those extra cores, yes please!

Just incredible what sort of horsepower you can get on the home desktop PC these days.. still amazes me, as I guess an older PC guy (who's first home-build PC was a 386!) to open task manager and see 8 cores (well, 4 with hyper threading) - amazing.

Well I think if you can buy such an CPU you got money for the DDR4 and Mobo to be honest ;)

If I had this much spare cash I'd actually get it but...oh well. Maybe some day :)

That 5820K eats my i5 3750K alive then goes home and has ice cream. These are excellent chips that will come down in price gradually. Once you can pick up one for under $300 it will be a killer deal.

Open Minded said,
That 5820 looks sweet. They're $299 at Micro Center. Not a bad deal at all even with the higher cost of the MB and RAM.

Just got home from Microcenter with my new 5820 build ^^