Review: Haswell-E 5960X Processor and Intel X99 Chipset

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Intel’s latest enthusiast platform as arrived. The new X99 chipset which together with the new Haswell-E platform usher in DDR4 support for insane memory speeds. The new platform contains an extensive feature list . Let’s get the review rolling and take a closer look at the new chipset and processor line-up.

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The new Haswell-E processor line-up includes three new CPU’s. Starting with the bottom, we have the 5820k which includes 6-core/12 threads with 15MB of L3-Cache and is clocked at 3.3GHz with a turbo frequency up to 3.6GHz,. The 5820k includes 28-PCIE 3.0 Lanes, which is a massive leap over the 4790k’s 16 lanes. Stepping up a level we have the 5930k which again includes 6 cores/12 threads with 15MB of L3 Cache, but with a clock speed of 3.5GHz and the turbo up to 3.7GHz. It also includes 40 PCIE 3.0 lanes.

Intel X99 and Haswell-E 1 (4)

Lastly we have the 5960X, Intel’s new Desktop King. The new Extreme processor includes 8 Cores/16 Threads with 20MB of L3 cache and is clocked at 3.0GHz to start and has a turbo up to 3.5GHz. It also sports the 40 PCIE 3.0 Lanes. All new CPU’s use the new DDR4 for memory.

Intel X99 and Haswell-E 1 (7)

Straight from the chipset we can see support for 14 high speed USB ports with integrated USB 3.0 support. We also have 10 SATA 3.0 ports with 6Gbps speed. The chipset also includes 8 PCI Express 2.0 support with 5 GT/s speed.

Intel X99 Chipset Specifications

Feature Benefit
Supports Intel® Core™ i7 processors
in the LGA2011-v3 socket
Supports Intel Core i7 processors with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0.1
Overclocking2 The Intel® X99 Chipset also enables overclocking features of unlocked 4th and 5th generation Intel® Core™ processors.
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST)3 With additional hard drives added, provides quicker access to digital photo, video, and data files, and greater data protection against a hard disk drive failure with RAID 0, 5, and 10.
Intel® Rapid Recover Technology Intel’s latest data protection technology helps provide a recovery point that can be used to quickly recover a system should a hard drive fail, or if there is data corruption. The clone can also be mounted as a read-only volume to allow a user to recover individual files.
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)4 Integrated audio support enables premium digital surround sound and delivers advanced features such as multiple audio streams and jack retasking.
Intel® Smart Response Technology5 Implements storage I/O caching for fast response times of application startup and quick access to user data.
Universal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0 Integrated USB 3.0 support, provides greater enhancement in performance with a design data rate of up to 5 Gb/s with up to six USB 3.0 ports.6
Universal Serial Bus 2.0 Hi-speed USB 2.0 support with a design data rate of up to 480 Mb/s with up to 14 USB 2.0 ports.
Serial ATA (SATA) 6 Gb/s Next generation high-speed storage interface supporting up to 6 Gb/s transfer rates for optimal data access with up to six SATA ports.7
eSATA SATA interface designed for use with external SATA devices. Provides a link for 3 Gb/s data speeds to eliminate bottlenecks found with current external storage solutions.
SATA port disable Enables individual SATA ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. This feature helps provide added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through SATA ports. Especially targeted for eSATA ports.
PCI Express* 2.0 interface Offers up to 5 GT/s for fast access to peripheral devices and networking with up to eight PCI Express 2.0 x1 ports8, configurable as x1, x2, and x4 depending on motherboard designs.
Intel Core i7 processor, PCI Express 3.0 Interface Intel X99 chipset-based platforms enable the processor PCI Express 3.0 port to be configurablem as a 2×16 and 1×8 or 5×8.9
USB port disable Enables individual USB ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. This feature helps provide added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through USB ports.
Intel® Integrated 10/100/1000 MAC Support for the Intel® Ethernet Connection I218-LM.
Green technology Manufactured with lead-free and halogen-free10 component packages.

Intel Core i7 5820K Specfications

Essentials
Status Launched
Launch Date Q3’14
Processor Number i7-5820K
# of Cores 6
# of Threads 12
Clock Speed 3.3 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 3.6 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache 15 MB
Intel® QPI Speed 0 GT/s
# of QPI Links 0
Instruction Set 64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions SSE4.2, AVX 2.0, AES
Embedded Options Available No
Lithography 22 nm
Scalability 1S Only
Max TDP 140 W
Recommended Customer Price BOX : $396.00
TRAY: $389.00
Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 64 GB
Memory Types DDR4-1333/1600/2133
# of Memory Channels 4
Max Memory Bandwidth 68 GB/s
ECC Memory Supported No
Graphics Specifications
Processor Graphics None
Expansion Options
PCI Express Revision 3.0
Max # of PCI Express Lanes 28
Package Specifications
Max CPU Configuration 1
TCASE 66.8
Package Size 52.5mm x 45.0mm
Sockets Supported LGA2011-v3
Low Halogen Options Available See MDDS
Advanced Technologies
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Intel® vPro Technology No
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) Yes
Intel® VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT) Yes
Intel® 64 Yes
Idle States Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology Yes
Intel® Demand Based Switching

No
Thermal Monitoring Technologies Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology Yes
Intel® Data Protection Technology
AES New Instructions Yes
Intel® Platform Protection Technology
Trusted Execution Technology No
Execute Disable Bit Yes

Intel Core i7 5930K Specfications

Essentials
Status Launched
Launch Date Q3’14
Processor Number i7-5930K
# of Cores 6
# of Threads 12
Clock Speed 3.5 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 3.7 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache 15 MB
Intel® QPI Speed 0 GT/s
# of QPI Links 0
Instruction Set 64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions SSE4.2, AVX 2.0, AES
Embedded Options Available No
Lithography 22 nm
Scalability 1S Only
Max TDP 140 W
Recommended Customer Price BOX : $594.00
TRAY: $583.00
Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 64 GB
Memory Types DDR4-1333/1600/2133
# of Memory Channels 4
Max Memory Bandwidth 68 GB/s
ECC Memory Supported No
Graphics Specifications
Processor Graphics None
Expansion Options
PCI Express Revision 3.0
Max # of PCI Express Lanes 40
Package Specifications
Max CPU Configuration 1
TCASE 66.8
Package Size 52.5mm x 45.0mm
Sockets Supported LGA2011-v3
Low Halogen Options Available See MDDS
Advanced Technologies
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Intel® vPro Technology No
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) Yes
Intel® VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT) Yes
Intel® 64 Yes
Idle States Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology Yes
Intel® Demand Based Switching No
Thermal Monitoring Technologies Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology Yes
Intel® Data Protection Technology
AES New Instructions Yes
Intel® Platform Protection Technology
Trusted Execution Technology No
Execute Disable Bit Yes

Intel Core i7 5960X Specfications

Essentials
Status Launched
Launch Date Q3’14
Processor Number i7-5960X
# of Cores 8
# of Threads 16
Clock Speed 3 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 3.5 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache 20 MB
Intel® QPI Speed 0 GT/s
# of QPI Links 0
Instruction Set 64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions SSE4.2, AVX 2.0, AES
Embedded Options Available No
Lithography 22 nm
Scalability 1S Only
Max TDP 140 W
Recommended Customer Price BOX : $1059.00
TRAY: $999.00
Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 64 GB
Memory Types DDR4-1333/1600/2133
# of Memory Channels 4
Max Memory Bandwidth 68 GB/s
ECC Memory Supported

No
Graphics Specifications
Processor Graphics None
Expansion Options
PCI Express Revision 3.0
Max # of PCI Express Lanes 40
Package Specifications
Max CPU Configuration 1
TCASE 66.8
Package Size 52.5mm x 45.0mm
Sockets Supported LGA2011-v3
Low Halogen Options Available See MDDS
Advanced Technologies
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Intel® vPro Technology No
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) Yes
Intel® VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT) Yes
Intel® 64 Yes
Idle States Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology Yes
Intel® Demand Based Switching No
Thermal Monitoring Technologies Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology Yes
Intel® Data Protection Technology
AES New Instructions Yes
Intel® Platform Protection Technology
Trusted Execution Technology No
Execute Disable Bit Yes

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