Intel 8-core Haswell-E Slated For 3Q 2014

Unnamed sources in the upstream supply chain have informed DigiTimes that Intel is on course to deliver eight-core desktop processors, called the Haswell-E series, in the third quarter of 2014.

According to the sources, the Haswell-E processors will be sold at a hefty pricetag of around $1000, and will succeed the existing Ivy Bridge-E series. The company will also release the X99, the company's next-generation high-end chipsets, to pair with the new processors.

The Haswell-E series will reportedly be based on 22nm processing technology and offer two lines of CPUs: the X series and the K series. Both lines will support Intel's Hyper-Threading technology, Turbo Boost 2.0 technology, the third generation of PCI-Express, and DDR4 memory up to 2133 MHz.

The X99 chipsets will reportedly feature support for 10 SATA 3 (6 Gb/s) ports, and native support for USB 3.0, sources claim.

DigiTimes' unnamed sources point out that the Haswell-E processors will only account for a very small portion of Intel's CPU shipment in 2014. Combined with the Ivy Bridge-E processors, both will be less than 5 percent of Intel's shipments by the end of 2014.

In addition to the Haswell-E processors, Intel will reportedly ship the Haswell Refresh platform in the second quarter. Shipments for these CPUs will begin in May 2014, and the platform will be revealed at Computex 2014 in June.

Also on the roadmap are the next-generation Z97 and H97 chipsets, which are expected to be released in March and April of 2014 so that motherboard vendors can start offering their 9-Series solutions in April.

  • roger smith
    Thermal Interface Material?
  • jimmysmitty
    The real question is what socket is it going to use? I am assuming it might use more than 2011, especially considering that it will be using DDR4 which has a very different approach compared to DDR3.
  • ingtar33
    it's using 2011 v3... it will not be compatible with existing 2011 boards.

  • lp231
    I doubt the cheapest would be $1000, most likely the Extreme Edition or the 8 core version. Other should be priced blow the $1k price point.
  • Stimpack
    $1000 processors or not, if you plan to be at the front of the technological pack, then you'll need to plan to spend a good amount for it.
  • thundervore
    I just finished building a Z77 machine December 2012. I will wait for DDR4, PCIe 4, USB 4.0 and SATA4 supported nativly on the same board before i upgrade. So i will skip Z97 and most likely ZX7 (if that the next name).

    I am still kicking myself for not wating for Z87 to get all 6 native Intel SATA3 ports instead of just 2 on my Z77.
  • SteelCity1981
    Well there goes USB 3.1 and SATA Express, that I was expecting the x99 to support, but nope.
  • Jgriff
    Waiting on that skylake.
  • naihan
    Original dies, or Xeons with cores disabled? Any thoughts?
  • fonzy
    wow I never would have thought when I bought my Q6600 that it would take this long almost another 7 years for Intel to come out with a 8 core desktop chip.

    I will upgrade when they come down in price or wait for skylake.