First Intel Haswell-E Engineering Sample CPU Spotted

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While the mainstream Haswell processors from Intel have been on the market for a while already, the HEDT (High-End DeskTop) Haswell-E processors still have to make their debut. While this is not a launch, the folks over at VR-Zone did manage to get a peek at an engineering sample of one of the chips.

For starters, it looks like the chip will feature a total of eight processing cores, each clocked at 3.0 GHz. They will also sit in the upcoming X99 Express chipset from Intel, which should offer native support for USB 3.0 along with a default total of ten SATA3 (6 Gb/s) ports. Additionally, the report indicates that it will support DDR4 memory, and that the CPU will be able to drive 40 individual PCIe 3.0 lanes. There was no word on SATA-Express support.

According to the report, the Haswell-E chips are expected to make their debut around Q3 2014, so sorry, we've still got a long wait ahead.

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  • hrhuffnpuff
    Well, shit, I was hoping 2nd quarter release, as I plan on a new build for my personal PC, quite soon.
    Just buy a Haswell 4-Core processor now and be done with it. Six SATA-3 ports are more than enough for storage and even doubling the Intel core count isn't as cost effective as using multiple GPU's. Seek out the software companies that are developing solutions using CUDA or OpenCL and support them. In the long run, you'll see much better performance than handing over big money to Intel for meager gains.
  • Shneiky
    Say that to my MentalRay. The content creation industry is still very CPU dependent and only few assets are computed on a GPU. It will be years before we see an OpenCL rendered with the quality of a even free MR. Sorry, but my 3D needs rendering now, if I am to survive in the long run to get to those GPU renderers.