Is Haswell-E worth waiting for?

If you’re thinking about upgrading your current CPU and motherboard to something a little more shiny then take into consideration Intel’s upcoming high performance desktop CPU architecture, Haswell-E.

Haswell-E is a highly anticipated architecture from Intel which is based on the LGA 2011-3 socket using the X99 chipset. With up to eight CPU cores and DDR4 support, this architecture is due to offer something fresh in the high end desktop market. There is no doubt that Intel’s first eight core desktop processor will be a tad pricy when it releases, though worth it for many hardware enthusiasts who want to be on the bleeding edge of tech. The flagship Haswell-E processor, the Intel Core i7 5960X, has a total of sixteen threads thanks to hyperthreading technology which should make it dominate the high end desktop CPU market in multithreaded performance. Though if you are planning on upgrading now, is it worth waiting for Haswell-E?

Haswell-E is rumored to be released in September 2014 and is expected to offer an healthy performance increase over the previous generation Ivy Bridge-E, largely thanks to the 5960X offering eight CPU cores and the platforms support of DDR4. If you are looking for as much performance possible, then Haswell-E is certainly worth waiting for since it’s likely to be the biggest performance improvement from Intel for years in the high end desktop market. While the 5960X steals the show the 5930K and 5820K are also rumored to be released in September 2014 based on the Haswell-E architecture. These processors are also expected to offer improvements over previous Ivy Bridge-E CPUs at a more reasonable cost in comparison to the eight core 5960X.


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