Enthusiasts are preparing themselves for a big release from Intel. With Intel releasing its first consumer 8 core desktop processor it’s hard not to get excited by Haswell-E even if you are not planning to make a move to the new platform. The flagship 8 core is the Intel Core i7 5960X which is rumoured to have 20MB of cache and a base clock of 3.0GHz.This model also supports hyperthreading giving a total of 16 threads. It will be interesting to see what kind of performance this processor can give in not only benchmarks, but also real world scenarios such as gaming. Games are becoming increasingly multithreaded and with the next generation game consoles equipped with 8 core processors from AMD, we can only expect this trend to continue. The i7 5960X could potentially offer exceptional future proofing for gaming thanks to its 8 cores and unlocked multiplier which allows you to bump up the clock speed.
While most of the interest is surrounding the Intel Core i7 5960X, Intel is also releasing a new chipset, the X99. The X99 chipset is based on the LGA2011-3 socket and supports Haswell-E 6 core and 8 core processors as well as DDR4 RAM.
Haswell-E processors and motherboards using the X99 chipset are expected to be released around September 2014.