Intel's latest enthusiast-grade processor family, the Haswell-E chips, could launch by the end of the month according to anonymous industry sources in Japan.
Based on the same Haswell microarchitecture as the company's current mainstream chips, the Haswell-E family is to be aimed at the top end of the enthusiast market. Designed as an upgrade to existing Ivy Bridge-E chip owners Haswell-E promises to bring with it support for next-generation DDR4 memory, a move that - coupled with the requirement for new motherboards - is going to significantly increase the upgrade cost, given the high price of current DDR4 modules.
Officially, Intel has not announced a launch date for the new chips. The availability of DDR4 modules clearly not aimed at the server market suggested that its release was impending, however, and now there are some details suggesting the day is almost here. Unnamed sources described as 'several officials
' have, however, spoken anonymously to Japanese site Hermitage Akihabara
to claim that the chips and motherboards will be hitting the market on the 29th of August world-wide - a shift from the originally-planned September launch.
The first model to hit the market will likely be the Core i7-5960X, a top-end chip which boasts eight physical processing cores and support for HyperThreading to bring the total number of logical cores to a whopping 16. This will be joined by two additional SKUs, the Core i7-5930K and Core i7-5820K, the cheapest of which will likely start at around the £350 level - although official pricing has yet to be confirmed. All models will require new X99 motherboards featuring the revised Socket 2011-3 layout and Wellsburg chipset along with DDR4 memory modules. Existing coolers with Socket 2011 support should mount fine on the new boards.