Intel just released its new Core i7 5960X (Haswell-E) octa-core monster. New X99 motherboards have also been released to support this processor. Many manufacturers such as MSI, Asus, Gigabyte, etc are also launching new motherboards. The new socket is named LGA2011-V3. These powerful 8 core processors show us a glimpse of the future. Intel is going to release many new other multi-core processors this year.
However, the technology only doesn’t stop at processors with high core count. The new and most awaited DDR4 ram has also arrived. New upcoming processors and motherboards are going to support them. The new X99 motherboards have 8 RAM slots which is fantastic. It means we can have over 64 GB of RAM.
Some new motherboards also have over 6 slots for graphics card. They can also have than 10 SATA ports. People who need more SATA drives can enjoy the benefits of such deluxe boards now. These new high power systems meant for enthusiasts and gamer. But we are sure that these things will be common is the near future.
Benefits of More Cores
For many applications, it is always better to have a higher number of cores and threads. Engineering and simulation software take good benefit of high core counts. In addition, there are more threads in such processors so there is more benefit. Games can also take advantage of more cores. Two core system is common these days while 4 cores system is in top tier. As Intel has made 8 core chip, developers will also try to take advantage. So we will get new software with optimization for more cores.
Multi-core CPU handle tasks better than a single core. The load can be distributed easily and works also complete faster. The computer industry has seen improvement in productivity while moving from one core to two cores. Major benefits are always better compute speed and power. Graphics designers, video editors, CAD designers can also take huge benefits of such chips. Currently, the new octa-core processor is very expensive but as the technology matures, we shall see them in the mainstream.
New Upcoming Technologies
DDR4 (Double Data Rate 4) memory is now out and it is surely going to cause a big market change. Mainstream motherboards supporting DDR4 RAM should be available when next-generation Intel processor arrives. Intel’s new X99 motherboard and new processor architecture also supports quad-channel RAM which means there are going to be 8 DIMM slots.
This will give us the ability to have 64 GB RAM. New DDR4 RAM modules are low voltage at 1.2V. The default frequency is 2133 MHz for now. This memory rate can reach up to 75 GB/sec. Higher frequency modules such as 2400 MHz and 3000 MHz may also arrive soon. It is a huge development in memory after implementation of DDR3 memory modules.
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The new PCI Express Gen 3 (PCIe Gen 3) has also been announced. This gives more bandwidth which can be very useful for new graphics card. We can expect powerful gaming and workstations graphics card that can take benefits of such high-speed bandwidth.
Incredible Processing Power with 8 Cores
The new processors will be 6 core or 8 core so they will have immense power. The new Core i7 5960X also has 16 threads which is great for multithreaded applications. DDR4 RAM, higher L3 cache such as 20 MB can really enhance the computing experience. The new PCIe Gen3 provides more powerful and stable lane for graphics cards and other devices. This surely gives more bandwidth and better performance.
The new Core i7 5960X is priced for $999 and the motherboards will cost you around $500. The full system can cost around $2000 with all the basic parts. So this is not going to be cheaply built but it will surely be a powerful rig. We assume that the quad-core CPU will still be mainstream processors for a long time. These 6 core processors will definitely be mainstream in the future as cooling, power efficiency, and lithography improves.
All this shows better hope and light for the future of computing. We shall definitely see lighter, faster and better laptops. Cheaper computers with great power for productivity and gaming are some of the things we all want. Let us hope Intel keeps up the spark and makes better processors each year.