Today images showing Intel’s high end desktop CPU (HEDT) have leaked on the Chinese site Vr-Zone showing the new Haswell-E 8-core CPU and its specifications.
Although Intel has just recently released a new generation of high end CPUs called Ivy Bridge-E, they are not stopping there.
The new CPU will have 8 or 6 x86 cores with HyperThreading enabled and it will be produced in a 22nm process. The cpu will be working at a 3.0 Ghz clock speed.
Native support for DDR4 memory is on its way as well, which of course means that Haswell-E processors will not be compatible with the current X79 motherboards (which isn’t anything surprising when it comes to Intel) and will feature a whole new chipset X99 . The chipset will have 40 PCI-E 3.0 memory lanes, 10 Sata 6 GBit/s Ports and native USB 3.0 support as well.
As with the previous high end desktop generation, new CPUs will have “X” and “K” variants which means that they are meant for people who are more than likely interested in overclocking.
What is peculiar about this new generation (at least for what we managed to see) is that it will be made in the US instead of Costa Rica, where Intel usually produces its chips. Of course this is an engineering sample so take all of this with a grain of salt.
One more thing that we can conclude from just looking at the photo is that the heat spreader covers more now, presumably to improve cooling since Haswell-E CPU’s will have a 140W TDP and Intel is trying to do their best in cooling this beast.
When it comes to performance the new Haswell-E 8-core CPU will be have around a 55% performance improvement over the current Haswell 4 core CPU clocked at 3.7Ghz. Overall increases in performance will be around 30% compared to current high end Ivy Bridge-E processors.