Intel Core i7-5820K, i7-5930K and i7-5960X Processor Details Emerge

Are you waiting for Intel’s next-generation Core i7 enthusiast processors called Haswell-E? More information is floating around¬† today about the upcoming High-End Desktop (HEDT) processor thanks to Coolaler. He believes that Intel will be replacing the Core i7-4820K, i7-4930K, and i7-4960X trifecta with the new Core i7-5820K, i7-5930K and the i7-5960X. The Haswell-E processors will need be run on platforms with the yet to be released Intel X99 chipset. The Intel X99 platform will usher in DDR4 memory support and a new LGA socket that just happens to have 2,011 pins, but is shapped differently than the current LGA2011 socket found on Intel X79 Expressbased motherboards.

The Intel Core i7-5960X will have 8 cores (16 threads thanks to HyperThreading) that have a base clock of 3GHz and 20MB L3 cache. The Intel Core i7-5930K is a 6 core 12 thread processor with a base clock of 3.5Ghz and 15MB of L3 cache. Lastely, the Intel Core i7-5820K is a 6-core 12 thread part with a base clock of 3.3Ghz and it also features 15MB of L3 cache. All three of these Intel Haswell-E CPUs will support DDR4-2133 MHz out of the box according to the site and all have a 140W TDP rating. The Core i7-5820K features just 28 PCI Express lanes versus the 40 found on the Core i7-5930K and the Core i7-5960K. Months ago there was speculation that the entry level Haswell-E processor, Intel Core i7 5820K,¬† wouldn’t have HT. Maybe Intel gave it HT, but gave it PCIe limitations?

Of course all the data in this chart is unsubstantiated and could be very wrong. The X99 platform and Haswell-E processors are still a ways away from coming to market, so we are sure there will be more info leaking out closer to the actual release of the new platforms.

All I know is that an 8-core Haswell-E processor with DDR4 memory and a couple Gen3 PCIe M.2 SSDs is going to be the ticket for a fast PC!

intel i7-5960x 5930k 5820k

  • vision33r

    This stuff will benefit people who does video rendering especially doing 4k stuff and those who run heavy multi-threaded apps. Some games will benefit from the higher memory bandwidth but not so much from the extra cores and the clock speed will help a bit. If you have a 4790k, you will be fine for gaming for the next 2-3 yrs. Just look at what graphics chip will make the biggest difference.

  • Bean Counter

    I doubt the base core frequency of 3.0GHz for the 5960X. If you look at similar Xeon CPUs, 3.7GHz seems to be more reasonable…

    • WilliamDB

      There are two things I do not believe you’re taking into consideration.

      First, theres eight cores in the processor compared to the six in the other two processors. These aren’t competing on the same level as a Xeon processor so the extra GHz may not be necessary to out perform the other two offerings

      Second, there has to be a sizable amount of heat coming from those extra cores and it’s hitting the same TDP as the higher clocked 6 core processors. Plus there is probably a ton of headroom for over clocking this eight core beast.

      • nope

        Also instructions per cycle is much higher on these cpus so they actually do more per clock cycle


    I just want to see how they stack up against what today has to offer.

    I have my 3970X and couldn’t be any happier. I just do not understand why they take so many steps back with new processors at first instead of making sure to have everything they had from the previous CPU generation implemented into the new stuff…… Early adopters sure do not get the easy break when it comes to the new tech of today.

    • Anubis

      Not everyone uses the computer for gaming. When it comes to rendering and generally when you use heavy programms those proccessors are for you (when you dont have the bufget for a xeon). I doubt any gamer could use more than 50% of what those cpus can offer

  • this is going to put excitement back into table top machines,