Intel Haswell-E and X99 chipset features revealed

The news about Haswell-E desktop processors has been coming in, and pointing that this time maybe the desktop processor lineup will attract a lot more attention from the DIY desktop system enthusiast community than Haswell did. 

As of now, Intel has set the launch of Haswell-E lineups by second half of 2014. Earlier there was a news that Broadwell is not be replacing Haswell in 2014, but rather Haswell-E will be doing so. The newer lineup is set for DIY desktop enthusiasts and judging by the leaked slides, the refresh most likely will reflect significant boost in performance enough to pull many enthusiasts’ attention.

Intel will be offering the choices of 6 and 8 core processors with no GPU and up to 20MB L3 Cache with TDP ranging between 130-to-140W. Hyper Threading will be available and will be based on the 22nm Hi-k process.  There will be PCIE 3.0 provided which will allow 2x 16 PCIe 3.0 or 3x 8 PCIe 3.0 bandwidth.




The processor socket will be using he new version of LGA 2011 socket: LGA 2011-3. The number of pin counts and dimensions will be the same. The only difference is that it uses a new design which will improve package handling.


The DDR4 support on the Wellsburg-X PCH will start from 2133MHz and support Quad-channel setup. There’s also support for 6x USB 3.0, 8x USB 2.0, 10x SATA 6Gbps, Integrated Clock support and the chipset’s TDP is 6.5W. What also should be noted that the new PCH will also have integrated Audio Codec and Super I/O.

Along with the PCIe 3.0 support for the PCIE x16 slots, 8 channels of PCIe 2.0 will be provided for other PCIe slots.


Haswell-E’s architecture also emphasizes on overclocking, at the very least on their presentation slides. It shows that the CPU’s core frequency will have unlocked turbo limits, allowing core ratio of up to 80 in 100MHz intervals, Voltage offset can be set via integrated voltage regulator.

Memory will also have unlocked clock controllers and voltage. Even the PCH controllers will be unlocked for clock and voltage settings, followed by Variable PEG and DMI Ratios. These unlocking features will give serious enthusiasts and extreme overclockers to fine tune settings on the processor, memory and PCH.

Judging by the information, hopefully this should make a lot of enthusiasts happy, seeing that there’s not appreciated performance boost in Haswell in comparison with Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge counterparts.  You can read them in detail from here.

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