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Haswell-E – Intel Core i7 5960X Review

Final thoughts

Intel Core i7 5960X displays an incredible amount of power in multi-threaded optimised applications, although the frequency at which it runs is significantly lower than its 6 and 4 core counterparts. For the professionals that could benefit from the use of the massive parallelism, processor’s cost, of the X99 motherboards and that of the DDR4 memory is not big at all and it will quickly write-off. Technology enthusiasts have something new to dream about and can ask Santa Claus in a few months. To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised by the much lower power consumption as opposed to Core i7 4960X but also by the excellent temperatures reached in tests (10 Celsius degrees lower than Core i7 4790K).

Core i7 5960X is everything we could wish for but few of us would afford it, especially since the motherboards won’t be exactly cheap, and the DDR4 memory kits are pricier than their weight in gold, at least for now. If we don’t want to run exotic 4-way configurations, then Core i7 5820L comes with 28 PCI-Express 3.0 lanes, costs only a little more than Core i7 4790K and has 6 cores / 12 threads.

After the launch of Ivy Bridge-E where I was left with a bitter taste not only because Haswell was already on the market but also because the performance gain was not extraordinary, Haswell-E puts on display a strong representation from Intel, scoring high by performance, power consumption, temperatures but also good overclocking potential in proportion with its complexity.

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