Intel unveils a line of 8 core, 16 thread Core i7 Haswell-E processors at PAX

Expect Haswell-E mobos and boutique systems on shelves soon

Intel eight core i7 processors

Before the fourth generation of Intel processors fade into the sunset, it's going to have one last hurrah: the new Intel Core i7-5960X, 5930K and 5820K Haswell-E CPUs.

Unveiled today during Intel's keynote at PAX Prime, the Santa Clara-based company's latest line of processors take heavy-weight gaming to the next level by adding an additional two or four cores to the already beefy line of quad-core Haswell i7 CPUs.

According to Intel, machines packing the 5960X will allow up to 20 percent faster 4K video editing and boost in-game physics calculations by a respectable 14 percent over the current reigning champ, the i7-4960X, using Adobe Premier Pro CC and 3DMark Fire Strike to test video editing and gaming, respectively.

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Also on the docket for an upgrade is the system's memory processing capability. Expect the line of Haswell-E processors to work seamlessly with the DDR4 2133MHz RAM slowly trickling out of memory vendors Corsair, Kingston and Crucial.

Octo-core has arrived

Admittedly, eight cores may be overkill. With only a handful of applications properly threaded to handle that much processing power it's improbable you'd see a cost-effective increase in the day-to-day use of your PC - though, that's up for debate until we test out a unit for ourselves.

However, the 5960X theoretically supports four SLI-enabled GPUs and that latest round of RAM, giving gamers good reason to pay attention to the power-hungry Haswell-E chip. Plus, considering the CPU can be overclocked to a hasty 3.5GHz, it's sure to turn some heads.

That premium speed boost comes at a price. Stateside, the Intel Core i7 5960X will retail for just under a grand ($999, about £600, AU$1,070) while the 5930K and 5820K will get $583 (about £350, AU$624) and $389 (about £235, AU$416) price tags, respectively.

Thinking about upgrading your rig? Haswell-E chips only slot into into LGA 2011-v3 sockets, which, at this point, haven't hit the market. Manufacturers are sure to start rolling them out soon, though, so expect octo-core processors take over the mainstream this time next year.