Skip to comments.Intel Haswell-E to Pack Eight Cores, Quad-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller.
Posted on 06/18/2013 9:56:20 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Leaked slides presumably from an Intel Corp.s document reveal that the worlds largest chipmaker is preparing a rather revolutionary update to its high-end desktop (HEDT) platform next year with the introduction of code-named Haswell-E product. Not only the new high-end client chips will finally see more physical cores, but they will also gain a number of other improvements.
The next years enthusiast desktop platform will pack a number of firsts and will naturally bring a significant performance boost over regular desktop platforms as well as over existing and incoming HEDT solutions based on code-named Ivy Bridge-E processor. Intel Core i7 Haswell-E central processing units will pack six or eight x86 cores with Haswell micro-architecture and Hyper-Threading technology, 20MB of L3 cache, quad-channel DDR4 memory controller (2133MHz maximum clock-speed, up to one DIMM per channel) as well as Turbo Boost 2 technology, reports VR-Zone web-site, which published the slides from Intels roadmap. The processors will traditionally have 40 integrated PCI Express 3.0 lanes, but will lack built-in graphics adapter, which is logical.
The forthcoming enthusiast-class desktop platform will rely on code-named Wellsburg chipset and will use all-new LGA2011-3 socket. Interestingly, the new microprocessors will have up to 140W thermal design power, which points to high clock-rate in addition to high core-count. Besides, traditionally Intel will unlock all multipliers on HEDT platform to allow maximum level of customization.
Based on Intels expectations, the new eight-core Core i7 Haswell-E will bring 55% performance improvement over quad-core Core i7 Haswell processor clocked at 3.70GHz. When both frequency increases as well as increased core-count are taken into account, the Haswell-E should be over 30% faster compared to Ivy Bridge-E.
Intel did not comment on the news-story.
So stock up on Intel stock as it will also overclock the market with great earnings from the new product lines?
Great! Now we can get spammed at twice the speed!..............
I can still remember settling for the EGA monitor and card because VGA was too expensive. At least later that year at a swap meet I bought an Intel Above-Board card and added 512K of extended memory. Wow.
As a PC gamer this sounds very cool but, why would anyone need (or want to pay for) this kind of horsepower for anything other than rendering 3-D graphics?
I thought DDR4 was an East German TV network?
Ever create a video? This is potentially a huge advancement in content creation speed. I’ve created 5 min drum videos where I merge myself playing and the music, and a 3ghz i7 overclocked to 3.8 takes hours to render in Photoshop Premiere.
For most mundane business and personal computing chores, an enormous increase in CPU power is effectively meaningless. Installed, the desktop user's driving experience is not perceptibly different compared to the last generation's premium processor; The new turbo Porsche is fast as lightning. But hey, so was the last one, and it's still powerful enough to meeting anyone's needs. Who needs the new turbo Porsche?
You'd need to have your whole server array using these chips with peripherals that can take advantage of the memory addressing and CPU speed against an enormous implementation like querying a big sloppy SQL/Oracle database to even notice an increase in performance -- and that's assuming that clearing up clutter by reindexing and trashing old junk wouldn't do better.
I consider PC video creation a form of 3D Graphics.
“As a PC gamer this sounds very cool but, why would anyone need (or want to pay for) this kind of horsepower for anything other than rendering 3-D graphics?”
Playing full Organ with high Polyphony (possibly many hundreds of virtual pipes playing simultaneously with tremulants) along with software generated reverberation for all those virtual pipes, and in some cases 10 stereo channels on some of these larger virtual organs is quite a task for the average CPU/motherboard/RAM.
And to think we used to switch disk controller boards from MFM to RLL and hope you could increase the useable capacity of the drive.
I take it I will still be able to only have 6-cores for a future Ivy Bridge build? If so, I’m going to have to wait until Q3 or Q4 2014 to get that 8-core goodness from Intel. Oh well.
Oops, typo in the previous post!
Ivy Bridge = Ivy Bridge-E build
There are other uses. For work I specifically need fast build machines for compiling large amounts of software (like an Operating System). It takes my i7 (1st gen) laptop about 5 hours. I just had an i7-3930k (2nd gen, Sandy Bridge-E) machine built. It has 6 cores w/hyper threading (shows up as 12 CPU’s), Quad channel DDR3 64GB RAM, along with an SSD drive. It does the build in 20 min.
Huge time saver. ...only embarrassing part is the $35 graphics card :p
It’s pretty cool watching it crank through it all, CPU monitor showing 12 CPU’s all at 100% for almost the entire time, disk I/O isn’t a bottleneck.
Here’s a list of software that takes advantage of multi-core, http://www.motherboards.org/reviews/motherboards/2024_3.html. Of course most products don’t make use of it.
Yes, I forgot that you programmers need a lot of horsepower for fast compiling of source code. I'll make a deal, we can go in on one of these monster machines together and you compile by day and I'll play Call of Duty on it at night. lol
Honestly, my phenom 2 940 and gtx 465 have lasted me a few years. I do a lot of PC gaming and I don’t feel the need to spend any more money on hardware until things catch up.
If I do upgrade my gaming rig anytime soon I might just spend some chump change on an FX-6300 and call it good.
Dude, I’ve never heard a virtual pipe organ. That sounds like something that would be really cool.
“Dude, Ive never heard a virtual pipe organ. That sounds like something that would be really cool.”
Both offer a very good FREE version. The MidiTzer is a snap to install and run while the Hauptwerks is a little more complex but also opens the door to the giant organs I spoke of in my earlier post.
On the better systems, about the only way you can tell the difference between real and virtual is there are always a few real pipes out of tune on the real organs and unless they are maintained top notch all the pipes in a given rank will not speak at the same volume. Not so on the Virtual (in Hauptwerks Advance, you can regulate the volume and pitch of every pipe in the sample set. It is quite impressive.
I also have a REAL Wurlitzer 1928 Theater Organ in my house so I can make a comparison. Real is neat and fun to talk about but a ton of work to keep running and expensive to run the 10hp 3phase blower motor. The virtual, is for every day playing.