Rumor: New Intel Core i7 Haswell-E Processor Specs Allegedly Leaked

Subject: Processors | May 27, 2014 - 06:58 PM |
Tagged: X99, rumors, octocore, lga2011, Intel, Haswell-E, cpu

As with any high-profile release there have been rumors circulating around Intel's upcoming high-end desktop processors for the X99 chipset, and a report today from Chinese site Coolaler claims to have the specs on these new Haswell-E CPU's.

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The alleged Haswell-E lineup

Of particular interest are the core counts, which appear to have been increased compared to the current Ivy Bridge-E products. The lineup will reportedly include a 6-core i7-5820K, 6-core i7-5930K, and 8-core i7-5960X. Yep, not only are we looking at an octo-core desktop part but now even the "entry-level" Extreme part might have 6 cores.

Nothing wrong with more cores (and this will be especially attractive if we see the same MSRP's as Ivy Bridge-E) but there might be one caveat with the i7-5820K, as the reported specs show fewer PCIe lanes on this CPU with 28, compared to the 40 lanes found on the higher Haswell-E parts (and all current Ivy-Bridge-E parts).

Haswell-E would still provide more lanes than the current desktop i7 parts (an i7-4770K has only 16), but the disparity would create an interesting quandary for a potential adopter. Though x8 connections for multi-GPU setups is par for the course already on non-X79 desktop systems, the SATA Express and M.2 standards will put more of a premium on PCIe lane allocation for storage going forward.

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An alleged CPU-Z screenshot of an 8-core i7-5960X part

Of course no official word from Intel on the matter yet, and only speculation on pricing. This is completely unsubstantiated, but is certainly of interest - particularly as hex-core i7's previously commanded the pricing of a more premium part in each prior iteration.

Source: Coolaler

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May 27, 2014 | 07:09 PM - Posted by Trevor McCourt (not verified)

I want them to be X79 compatabil.

May 28, 2014 | 03:57 AM - Posted by Steve Anonymous (not verified)

With Intel nothing is for sure ! Far to many incompatible CPU-s with enormous price difference with far to many boards that are lacking some features, not the expensive ones taht are produced in limited stock ! And no real competition from AMD ???

May 28, 2014 | 05:58 PM - Posted by sixstringrick

will never be compatible with x79 cuz Haswell-E is DDR4

May 28, 2014 | 10:00 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I have to assume you are making a joke, because I can't believe anybody would want to cripple a CPU designed for DDR4 just so they can run it in a 4 year old motherboard....

May 27, 2014 | 07:18 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I think Coolaler is not a Japanese site.

May 27, 2014 | 07:40 PM - Posted by Sebastian Peak

I think you're right. I wasn't paying enough attention to Google translate!

May 27, 2014 | 07:26 PM - Posted by Mad_Dane

Really Intel? only 6 cores on the middle K version? This better not be true! if it is I guess I wont be filling my Fractal Arc Medi with hardware again, guess it can collect dust a year more while I stick to my mediacenter.

May 27, 2014 | 08:10 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Of course the 8 core variant will be locked at $999 for most likely years to come in future Extreme parts. All the while you'll know that 5930K chip is probably just a locked 8 core part the same as i7 3930K.

Oh well.

June 2, 2014 | 08:39 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

If Ivy Bridge-E/EP is an indicator of the new architecture's die configs, then no, 5930k won't be a locked 8-core but a fully-enabled 6-core.

5820k will be a 6-core with 2 cores disabled. (Same as current Ivy-EP6 die used in 4960X, 4930k, E5-16xx v2)

5960X will be a 10-core with 2 cores disabled (Same as Ivy-EP10 die used in E5-2687W v2, E5-2690 v2)

May 27, 2014 | 10:06 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What about a 6 core laptop SKU, that would come in handy, no ultrabooks for me. Apple should really look at power8 instead of a beefed up ARM, at least for its Mac Pro line. The Apple A7 is a wonderful bit of engineering(Thanks to P.A. Semiconductor), the A8 will be likewise, and I am sure Apple could do the same with a Power8 license, not that they would have to do any Beefing Up for the Power8 to best Intel's Xeon on the Mac Pro! Intel needs competition in the high performance arena, to get its pricing down to the level of not having to hock the heirloom silverware that you inherited from Aunt Gertrude to buy the part.

May 28, 2014 | 03:00 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I just hope the relatively low starting frequency of the i7-5960X is due to the TDP target set by Intel. With proper cooling hopefully it will clock high regardless. Otherwise, we'll be faced with the same choice as Intel claimed to have had with their previous generation HEDT CPUs. According to them, it was either a higher clocking 6 core, or a lower clocking 8 core with lower single threaded performance.

May 28, 2014 | 06:26 AM - Posted by Penterax

Clock speed on the flagship model is too low. Unless I can bump that thing up to at least 4.5GHz I'm not interested. There is still too much software that runs better on one or two cores at high clock rates, that receive no benefit from additional cores. I think many well-heeled enthusiasts would spend the money for the extra cores whether they "needed" them or not, but certainly not at a net loss in performance in most of the apps they are using.

We knew this already, but 40 PCIe lanes is skimpy for CPUs of this level. 4K monitors are a thing. 120Hz is a thing. I'd like to see Intel produce high-end CPUs that allowed for generous support of graphics solutions. X8 lanes per GPU might be fine now, but what about a year or two down the road?

And of course as Sebastian mentioned we have more demand for PCIe coming in the very near future as well.

May 28, 2014 | 12:11 PM - Posted by byte me

Calling BS on this. The font on the tools tab on the cpuz screenshot is completely different than the rest.They could've at least matched it . . .

May 28, 2014 | 01:14 PM - Posted by YTech


For DDR4 Support, it seems it will only be targeting servers at this point. The specs doesn't seem accurate. Then again, these could be only prototype specs.

If it is for the general public, a new motherboard will be required to access the new features and DDR4.

I won't be investing in this just yet. I've guessing summer 2015 will be the best for such decisions.

What do you think PCper?

June 2, 2014 | 06:43 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Crucial already announced DDR4 memory with heatspreaders on them, and considering they have separate server memory without the silly things, Haswell-E is pretty much confirmed to be DDR4.

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