Intel unleashes its first 8-core desktop processor

Intel unleashes its first 8-core desktop processor

Intel unleashes its first 8-core desktop processor

Written by Staff Writer

31 Aug, 2014 | 10:04 am

Intel has unveiled its first eight-core desktop processor, the i7-5960X Intel Core Extreme Edition processor, alongside two new hexa-core offerings, all members of the product family formerly named Haswell-E.

“We’re thrilled to unveil the next phase in our ‘reinvention of the desktop’ we outlined earlier this year,” said Lisa Graff, Vice President and General Manager, Intel’s Desktop Client Platform Group. “This product family is aimed squarely at those enthusiasts who push their systems further than anyone, and we’re offering the speed, cores, overclocking and platform capabilities they have asked us for.”


Clocked at 3.0GHz, with a 3.5GHz Turbo Boost mode and 20MB cache, the Core i7-5960X is priced at $999 (approximately Rs. 60,000). Aside from the i7-5960X, Intel announced two hexa-core (12 threads) processors, the $389 (approximately Rs. 23,500) Core i7-5820K, which runs at 3.3GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) and the $583 (approximately Rs. 35,00) i7-5930K, which runs at 3.5GHz and Turbo Boosts till 3.7GHz. Both 6-core offerings come with 15MB cache.

At the heart of the new CPUs is the X99 chipset that comes with support for DDR4 RAM, up to 40 PCI Express 3.0 lanes, 14 high speed (6 USB 3.0 + 8 USB 2.0) ports, Gigabit LAN, and 10 SATA 3.0 ports. The platform is also Thunderbolt 2 ready, which means manufacturers can add Thunderbolt 2 support via an additional card.

“I’m ridiculously excited about Intel’s new platform,” Kelt Reeves, President of Falcon Northwest, while commenting on the launched chips. “This is the biggest bundle of amazing new technologies all hitting at once that I can ever remember seeing. Enthusiasts will be amazed at what they can do with DDR4 memory, 10 SATA 6GB ports, 40 PCI Express lanes and eight-core CPUs.”


Core i7-5960X
Core i7-5930K Core i7-5820K
Processor Number i7-5960X i7-5930K i7-5820K
# of Cores 8 6 6
# of Threads 16 12 12
Clock Speed 3 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.3 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 3.5 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cache 20 MB Intel Smart Cache 15 MB IntelSmart Cache 15 MB Intel
System Bus 0 GT/s 0 GT/s 0 GT/s
# of QPI Links 0 0 0
Instruction Set 64-bit 64-bit 64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions SSE4.2, AVX 2.0, AES SSE4.2, AVX SSE4.2, AVX
Embedded Options Available No No No
Lithography 22 nm 22 nm 22 nm
Scalability 1S Only 1S Only 1S Only
Max TDP 140 W 140 W 140 W
Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB
Memory Types DDR4-1333/1600/2133 DDR4-1333/ DDR4-1333/
# of Memory Channels 4 4 4
Max Memory Bandwidth 68 GB/s 68 GB/s 68 GB/s
ECC Memory Supported No No No
Expansion Options
PCI Express Revision 3.0 3.0 3.0
Max # of PCI Express Lanes 40 40 28
Package Specifications
Max CPU Configuration 1 1 1
TCASE 66.8 66.8 66.8
Package Size 52.5mm x 45.0mm 52.5mm x 45 52.5mm x 45
Sockets Supported LGA2011-v3 LGA2011-v3 LGA2011-v3
Advanced Technologies
Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 2.0 2.0
Intel vPro Technology No No No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology Yes Yes Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x) Yes Yes Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) Yes Yes Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT) Yes Yes Yes
Intel 64 Yes Yes Yes
Idle States Yes Yes Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology Yes Yes Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching No No No
Thermal Monitoring Technologies Yes Yes Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology Yes Yes Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology Yes Yes Yes
Intel Data Protection Technology
AES New Instructions Yes Yes Yes
Intel Platform Protection Technology
Trusted Execution Technology No No No
Execute Disable Bit Yes Yes Yes


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