According to a report on VR-Zone, Intel are planning to launch their first 8-core CPU for premium desktop computers. It is thought it will arrive in the second half of next year, beginning with the Haswell-E chip.

According to reports, the Haswell-E processors will be built on the 22nm 2nd generation Hi-k process and have up 20MB of L3 cache. Hyper-threading will be enabled, with 16 execution threads for the 8-core version of the chips. All of this is in addition to Haswell-E’s new platform, labelled Wellsburg.

Intel Haswell-E

The notable features include:

Quad channel DDR4 support
Up to six USB 3.0 ports
Up to eight USB 2.0 ports
Up to ten SATA 6 Gbps ports

The new chips will also have integrated clock support and TDP of 6.5W.

Intel 4th Generation Haswell Chip

This is a big step for Intel in terms of power when compared with the 6-core processor that was released for desktops in 2010.

So if you’re a powerhungry gamer, an overclocker or create content for the media field, then this could be one for you.

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