Intel Shows Love for the Desktop at GDC, Unveils 8-Core Haswell-E Processor

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Blam

About time! Been waiting to upgrade for too long!

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ⒺⓛⓔⓒⓣⓡⓞⓂⓐⓝ

Okay, imma bout to get a job now. I wan't that damn CPU!

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Hirantha

Yup i'm happy with my ivy. maybe x120

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PCWolf

This is what PC Wet Dreams are made off.
I normally wait until a CPU reaches at least 50% more power than what I'm currently using before I think about upgrading the CPU, as upgrading my GPU is more important.
But I could never understand why it is so easy for users to OC their CPU's past the 4GHz mark, but this is still impossible for the Weenies at Intel. Would be nice to have a 4.5-6GHz CPU out of the box, but they can't even hit 4Ghz. Guess they are too busy worrying more about Integrated Graphics & not so much about CPU Clock speeds. Still, 8 cores sounds nice. Glad they have not yet forsaken the Desktop for Tablets.

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John Pombrio

My criteria is 10% improvement in performance before I upgrade. I would still be on Sandy Bridge instead of Haswell with 50%.
Gordon in one of the podcasts said it best. "As the dies get smaller, there is less headroom for O/Cing. With TurboBoost, the CPU is getting close to the speed of the O/Cing and it will no longer be worth bothering about it." Even with water cooling on my Haswell, I am only a few ticks above the TurboBoost speed so this may be my LAST CPU that I overclock.

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wolfing

good thing I got old and stopped liking shooters, now I can upgrade my computer every 3 or so years with 'second of the line' CPUs and video cards (you know, the tier before the top tier where you get 90% of the top tier's performance for 40% of the price :) )

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USraging

I used to build $5,000 gaming rig once a year but the past 2 years I have not, due to the hardware world overpowering the software side of things. It used to be the other way around couldn't get enough ram or a fast enough cpu, than came the hard drive cap that the introduction of SSD's cured. Now I feel like I don't have a reason to upgrade. I'm still waiting on a gaming company to give me a reason to do a new system build.

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Morete

Yep. It seems that developers/publishers prefer quantity over quality. If we could have a game that plays through from start to finish like their still frame marketing photos suggest, things would finally be moving forward. It's looking like we're going to have to wait until consoles catch up to gaming PCs.

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USraging

Yea.., kinda miss the days when the pc was its own animal.

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maleficarus™

8 cores with 4 of them idle 90% of the time! Great....

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vrmlbasic

90% of the time? On AMD's system monitor hardly an instant goes by where more than 4 of the cores don't have some level of activity on my AMD octacore.

Sure, I've noticed the Unreal 3 console ports really only lay the pressure on two cores and CryEngine likes to turn a blind eye to any core past four but that just leaves me with other cores to handle other background tasks without a chance of harming my game performance by taking too much CPU time away from the game.

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Nimrod

maybe for a pedestrian computer like you

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John Pombrio

95% of the time, the computer is waiting for our typing or mousing interrupts, heh. Talk about wasted CPU cycles.

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Belboz99

I really miss the glory days of the CPU wars. The days when AMD shook the world with 64bit Dual-Core CPU's and an on-die memory controller while Intel was still trying desperately to crank up the clock-speed to 4Ghz on a P4.

The years that followed were full of lesser battles that filled whole pages on tech magazines. The saga of Intel's failed first attempts to regain the crown, by essentially gluing two CPU dies together over a shared front-side-bus as it struggled to change course and right it's ship.

I miss the days when you'd check the tech news headlines every day because you never knew what major breakthrough or shift in power struggle might be revealed.

Dan O.

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John Pombrio

I don't. You also had small CRT monitors, VGA graphics, and 10GB hard drives.

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misterz100

All this teasing when I told myself I would wait for Skylake to upgrade from my still fully capable i7 930.

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fdhealy

Still doing OK with my i7 920

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yammerpickle2

Sorry Intel, but I'm going to wait on benchmarks first. Your last couple of desktop chips since my overclocked P-2600K have only minor incremental improvements. Only about 1.3% overall improvement on the benchmarks I've seen You have to show me much more significant gains before I'll build up a new system.

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John Pombrio

I got at 18% bump between my Sandy bridge O/C and Haswell O/C, plus the extra benefits of the Haswell like faster memory. Ivy Bridge to Haswell did not really meet my 10% criteria for upgrade but it was close. I agree tho, sandy Bridge was one of the better releases in the past few years. It's Intel's shrinking the die and power sipping that is taking its toll on increasing the CPU power.

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AFDozerman

Yeah, call me a fanboy, but AMD's HSA is looking pretty interesting as far as HPC is concerned. They just need to release one that targets high performance instead of just flappy bird optimized laptops.

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vrmlbasic

Trinity APUs can play the horribly unoptimized CryEngine game MechWarrior Online with playable FPS @ 768p w/1600 Mhz RAM. That continues to astonish me. I wonder what the new HSA-enabled APUs, 2 "generations" past Trinity, can do. Meanwhile, Intel's modern iGPU got <10 FPS with the same settings :(

I wouldn't mind a HSA-capable desktop processor, so long as it had 8 cores (and the GPU were only there for HSA) though I'd be a bit sad to see AM3+ go.

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The Mac

yeah, i skipped IB, and Haswell due to marginal power increases.

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The Mac

hmmmm..Devils Canyon looks interesting....