Considering the flood of X99 motherboard reveals we've been covering lately, it's somewhat refreshing to hear something about the Haswell-E CPUs themselves. We already have a good idea of the CPU’s specifications, but we weren’t sure about a release date yet. Now, Hermitage Akihabara, a Japanese website, has posted a new release date.
We expect three CPUs to arrive: The Core i7-5820K, the Core i7-5930K, and the Core i7-5960X. Rumored specifications are in the table.
|CPU||Cores/Threads||Frequency||L3 Cache||PCI-Express Lanes||TDP||Expected Price|
|i7-5820K||6 / 12||3.3 GHz||15 MB||28||140 W||$400|
|i7-5930K||6 / 12||3.5 GHz||15 MB||40||140 W||$600|
|i7-5960X||8 / 16||3.0 GHz||20 MB||40||140 W||$1000+|
Originally we expected the Haswell-E CPUs along with the accompanying X99 motherboards and DDR4 memory to debut sometime mid-September. As it turns out, the platform launch could be a little sooner than expected, with the official availability of parts possibly taking place on Friday, August 29. This is still a rumor, but August 29 is a lot more specific than “mid-September”, and a number of product releases are also pointing towards the end of August as a release date. For now, let’s just wait and see.