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September 1, 2014

Intel releases its first eight-core desktop processor

The processor starts at $389 and can go up to $999, which will be available from next week.

By CBR Staff Writer

Intel showcased its first eight-core desktop processor code-named "Haswell-E" at the PAX video-game conference in Seattle, targeting video games and graphic content creators.

It consists of three unlocked processors which supports hyperthreading, and has DDR4 memory which is designed to boost the desktop speed, with an Intel X99 chipset which will allows users to get the maximum performance out of their systems.

The Core i7-5960X is a processor that consists of 16 processor threads, 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes, and 20MB of cache, and it runs at a base clock frequency of 3.0GHz which can be used in turbo mode clocking a speed of up to 3.5GHz.

The Core i7-5930K consists of 12 processor threads or six physical cores, 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes, like the Core i7-5960X but provides only 15MB of cache, and has base clock frequency of 3.5GHz which can go up to 3.7GHz in turbo mode.

The i7-5820K is similar to the Core i7-5930K with six physical cores and 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes, and can go up to 3.6 GHz in turbo mode, but it only supports 28 PCIe 3.0 lanes.

When compared to i7-4960K process the i7-5960X is 20% faster at video editing, 32% faster in 3D graphics rendering and 14% faster in gaming physics and AI, offering it suitable for avid gamers.

Intel’s Desktop Client Platform Group VP and general manager Lisa Graff said: "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."

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