A Quick i7-5960X Specs Recap
|Socket Type||LGA 2011|
|L2 Cache||8 x 256KB|
Intel i7-5960X Hands-On & Specs Overview
The video content is admittedly fairly limited in its technical capacity. We were not able to locate architects in time for the interview, but managed to get the marketing overview on the CPU, for those who are unfamiliar with its core stats and target audience. We’ll have a more detailed overview of the new CPU online once we return from PAX Prime.
The i7-5960X is Intel’s first consumer-class eight-core processor running on the Haswell-E architecture, which is a modified version of existing Haswell architecture. The processor is targeted primarily at enthusiast gamers and production rigs, though optimization is forthcoming for professional software (like After Effects). As already widely-known, the 5960X is the first CPU on the market to support DDR4 memory, which we’ll be showcasing throughout PAX Prime from memory vendors.
Stock frequency is clocked at 3GHz, but the CPU can be easily overclocked to 4.4GHz, from what on-site system builders told us.
Retail price, though Intel was not prepared to discuss it at the show, the i7-5960X eight-core CPU is selling presently for $1050.
ASUS X99-Deluxe Motherboard Specs
Moving on, ASUS has its new X99-Deluxe motherboard available for use in Extreme Series systems. The specs are as follows:
ASUS highlighted the use of a black color theme accented with white. When asked about the future of the “gold” theme, it was suggested that white may be phased in due to initial positive response. If I were to speculate, I’d say that this can be interpreted as a succession of the white/black theme over the gold/black theme.
EVGA and MSI are also at the show with new X99 boards, though we haven’t had time to get hands-on with them yet.
- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.