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Haswell-E Expectations

Benchmark Reviews is hard at work evaluating this new CPU with an ASUS X99-DELUXE motherboard and 16GB of Corsair DDR4 memory, and we’ll have the results for you soon.

Given that the individual cores in the Intel Core i7-5960X processor should be virtually identical to those in the Core i7-4770K/4790K, I’m expecting per-clock performance to be the same, which means that in normal workloads, the much cheaper ($339.99 at Newegg) quad-core CPU should be substantially faster, given that its base clock is a full 33% higher.


Still, as the die shot above shows, 8 cores and 20 megabytes of cache are nothing to sneeze at, and like its Sandy Bridge Extreme and Ivy Bridge Extreme forebears, I expect the Haswell-E 5960X to provide stellar results in heavily threaded workloads.

Enthusiasts remember the disappointing overclocking results with recent Intel CPUs; although Intel never confirmed it, the reason seems to be the thermal compound used between the die and the heat spreader. Allegedly this has been improved with the Haswell-E (as well as the new 4790K) and we hope to be able to hit 4.5GHz with our Corsair H100i water cooler.

Check back soon for the full benchmark performance review of this new CPU!



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  1. David Lean

    The reason(s) I deployed 3930K systems was for the memory & disk access. Yet few reviews consider this. The extra cores & threads are good. I’ve never needed to overclock them.
    Development, Data Analysis are the 2 compelling use cases that justify these systems.
    I think the 3 unique features are :-
    1. Ability to access 4 banks of RAM. Initially 64GB (8 * 8GB) & now 128GB
    2. Strong support for 4 * NVidia dual GPU’s (8 cores). (for CUDA)
    3. Good local disk access.

    Ideal for :-
    1. Developers & IT pros can run many Virtual Machines simulating an entire Data Center on one machine. Great for testing. Cheaper, quieter & cooler than a server.
    2. 8 CUDA cores provide the equiv of a small super computer. Good for Engineering, Medical, Mining simulations, & Finance Models
    3. 6/8 cores also good for Data Mining, BI, Compiling & other general purpose CPU bound tasks.
    High clock speed is v handy, but as large RAM limits overclocking potential, safer to just buy more cores.
    In short: These aren’t the chip for the Extreme Gamer.

    1. David Ramsey

      I agree with your assessment of what the new LGA2011-V3 systems are best suited for.

      However, I’m confused by your statement that “Good local disk access” is s unique feature of the platform. Could you explain this?

  2. Julian Duque

    I cant wait to see the benchmarks! Do you know when this line of processors will be available for purchase?

    1. David Ramsey

      It’s available for purchase right now. Look for performance figures in the next day or so.

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