Haswell-E finally hit the market on August 29 and the whole review sites went crazy. It was about time Intel refreshed its enthusiast platform, as it was catering the enthusiast community with technology from 3-4 years ago.
Intel made a few changes to the product line this time, compared to the previous two. Some are for the better, some are for the worse.
Goods and bads of Haswell-E
- Release of the first consumer grade 8-core CPU from Intel
- The baseline model being a 6-core CPU instead of 4-core, but costing only a fraction above the 4790K CPU
- 10 native SATA 6Gbps ports
- Quad Channel DDR4 support
- Lots of native USB 3.0 ports
- 10Gbps M.2 support
- You have to shed $1000 to get those 8-cores
- The baseline model lacks full PCI-E support (28-lanes vs. 40-lanes in the other two SKUs)
- DDR4 is pretty expensive at the moment
- The boards are fairly more expensive and the Micro ATX board options are limited. (You can confidently claim that Mini-ITX won't be a reality this time either)
- Needs a cooler that can handle a lot of TDP, such a dual tower air cooler or an AI 240mm rad. Custom water cooling is recommended for people who are willing to shed a grand on the Octa-core model and overclock
- Large variation in overclockability just like the mainstream Haswell variants