Intel is readying next generation Core i7 extreme microprocessors, that will be formally introduced this fall. The new line of CPUs, based on Haswell-E core, will include the first ever 8-core desktop microprocessor from Intel. The Core i7s will also feature a number of microarchitecture enhancements, support for DDR4 memory, and they will available with a new chipset. All in all, the company will launch three SKUs, namely six-core Core i7-5820K and i7-5930K, and eight-core i7-5960X. All three processors are already available for pre-order in US:
The Core i7-5960X tray model is listed for about $1108, or $16 more than the boxed Core i7-4960X in the same store. For comparable price, the 5960X offers 2 extra CPU cores, larger L2 cache, and more memory bandwidth. The Haswell-E processor will be clocked 500 MHz - 600 MHz lower than the Core i7-4690X, as a result it may be slower in single-threaded tasks even if we take into consideration its more efficient microarchitecture and better specs.
Pre-order price of the Core i7-5930K is $632, and it is not far off from the price of the i7-4930K. The advantages of the Haswell-E chip are higher clock speed, larger cache and support for faster memory.
The last in the series is Core i7-5820K, which is currently listed for $426, an $80 increase over the price of the Core i7-4820K. Unlike Core i7-59xx models, that are priced similar to Ivy Bridge-E predecessors, the price difference between the 4820K and 5820K is large enough to suggest higher official price of the Core i7-5820K. We estimate that the official price will be in $380 - $400 range, which will buy you a six-core chip with 15 MB of L3 cache, with a CPU performance comparable to the Core i7-4930K.
Reportedly, the Haswell-E processors and the accompanying chipset will be released in September. Please see below for specifications of current and future generation of Core i7 Extreme processors (future processors are in bold):
|Core i7-4820K||4 / 8||3.7 / 3.9 GHz||10 MB||DDR3-1866||130W||$323|
|Core i7-5820K||6 / 12||3.3 GHz||15 MB||DDR4-2133||140W|
|Core i7-4930K||6 / 12||3.4 / 3.9 GHz||12 MB||DDR3-1866||130W||$583|
|Core i7-5930K||6 / 12||3.5 GHz||15 MB||DDR4-2133||140W|
|Core i7-4960X||6 / 12||3.6 / 4 GHz||15 MB||DDR3-1866||130W||$999|
|Core i7-5960X||8 / 16||3 GHz||20 MB||DDR4-2133||140W|
Related News (older articles):
Jun 22, 2014: New Haswell CPUs to launch in July, Haswell-E to launch in September
May 29, 2014: Details of Haswell-E Core extreme CPUs surfaced
Sep 10, 2013: Intel launches 4th Generation Extreme CPUs