Interview with Intel's Matt Dunford about Haswell-E and X99

Subject: Processors, Chipsets | August 29, 2014 - 07:25 PM |
Tagged: video, Intel, X99, Haswell-E, core i7-5960x, 5960X, ddr4

Though my review of the Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E processor was posted earlier today, we hosted a live stream later in the afternoon where Allyn and I talked about the launch. We were also able to welcome Matt Dunford, Princpal Evangelist at Intel to talk about his role in the Haswell-E release, the future of the platform, how DDR4 memory fits into it all and much more.

The video is embeded in the processor review now as well but I have included it separately below for those of you that want to jump straight in.

My thanks goes out to Matt from Intel for joining us on the live stream and to all the viewers that came by to submit questions and participate!

August 29, 2014 | 08:33 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Intel still will not high end game, without an AMD or Nvidia GPU in the PCI slot. Nvidia has the K1, with better than Intel graphics, and AMD needs to get that custom wide order ARMv8 APU to market ASAP, great Tablet graphics await, without Intel Inside. What will Intel do if Nvidia, or AMD integrate a CPU core/s into their discrete GPU products, AMD could very well take their Gaming APU, and Its 8 cores, and beef up the GPU core count, and make a discrete gaming system on a PCI card, same for Nvidia and their Denver cores. Beat those latency times Intel, compared to a discrete CPU core/s on DIE right next to a big fat GPU, and connected by an on die memory BUS to the GPU, and sharing much wider bus to GDDR5 memory, while the motherboard sits down on that narrow bus to slow memory, add some stacked RAM, on module, and the discrete GPU/CPU mashup becomes a low latency gaming system with its own internal CPU running the gaming OS, and gaming engine, motherboard CPU Out of the loop. Nvidia is doing lots of interesting things with their development of mezzanine module based GPUs, and Power8s, Power8 that will also be up for ARM style licensing, and the, non made for IBM system's use, licensed Power8s begin arriving in 2015! And Apple is not afraid to change ISAs, and those Palo Alto semiconductor folks, acquired by Apple, know their way around customization and beefing up a licensed ISA, not that those Power8 reference designs will need any extra work, compared to the ARM reference designs, and Apple's P.A. Simi folks Taped out one hell of a custom wide order superscalar bit of microarchitecture, that has the ability to run the ARMv8 ISA. Google has that motherboard and some Power8s, and is running that shakedown, and benchmarks, while their bean counters and quants crunch the numbers, and look for available fab capacity on the open market, economies of scale spread across an entire industry trumps the economy of scale of any single company, in the licensed IP market, just look at all those ARM based chips sold, numbering in the billions! ISAs are up for license, and not just mobile ISA, but server ISA, 12 cores, 8 threads per wide order superscalar core!

August 30, 2014 | 11:24 AM - Posted by MarkT (not verified)

1. Dude above needs to chill with the spam

2. Matt mentioning battery life bugged the sheeeet outa everybody who watch this video, including Ryan(fact).

3. No offense but I wanna see a Intel evangelist who is pumped up about this stuff....I woulda rattled off tons of stuff to do with this system.

4. You shoulda asked technical questions about the 8 core being a gimped xeon, they might have lots of leeway on that part, kinda like how it was hinted in the video.

5. Good video :-)

September 2, 2014 | 08:43 AM - Posted by John H (not verified)

Ryan - just wanted to say thanks for calling out QuickPath in the interview with the Intel guy.. DMI with 20 gbps speed between the chip and southbridge is really bad limiter today given SATA Express and M.2 are poised to start raising the bar soon..

Your 10 x 6 Gbps SSDs ... would be as fast as 4 SSDs in RAID due to this :)

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