Intel Launches The Core i7 5960X, Mighty Powerful Haswell-E CPUs

Written by Michael Larabel in Processors on 29 August 2014 at 12:00 PM EDT. Page 2 of 2. 24 Comments.

Besides the Core i7 5960X, also launching today is the i7 5930K and i7 5820K. The i7-5930K/i7-5820K models come in a six core configuration with Hyper Threading, have just 15MB of Smart Cache, and their clock speeds vary while all supporting DDR4-2133 memory and having a 140 Watt TDP. The i7-5960X CPU will carry the usual highest-end Extreme Edition price-tag of $999 USD.

The Intel X99 Chipset supports 14 USB ports (six USB 3.0, eight USB 2.0), Intel Gigabit LAN, eight PCI Express 2.0 channels, ten Serial ATA 3.0 ports, and optional Rapid Storage Technology 13.1 support. The Haswell-E platform is also Thunderbolt 2 capable.

All the benchmarks we've seen pre-release on the Core i7 5960X and the other Haswell-E hardware has all been Windows 8 based, but as soon as our review sample arrives (ideally later today), we'll start publishing our performance benchmarks for this brand new Intel hardware to keep us excited and busy with new Linux testing until Broadwell finally blows along.

Stay tuned to Phoronix for the latest Intel Linux benchmarks! Thanks as always to Intel's continued support of Phoronix.

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