Intel flaunts 8-core Extreme Edition Haswell with support for DDR4 memory


ImageIntel flaunts 8-core Extreme Edition Haswell with support for DDR4 memory
Since Intel’s next Haswell chips are aimed squarely at enthusiasts, what better place to unveil them than at the Game Developer’s Conference? The 4th-gen Core-i7 Extreme Edition CPU, codenamed “Devil’s Canyon,” will feature eight unlocked cores and 16 threads, trumping the last model’s six cores. It’ll also support the latest DDR4 memory standard, which brings much higher transfer speeds and lower power drain than DDR3. Along with a better thermal interface, all that will enable “significant” overclocking and performance enhancements, according to Intel. It also announced a Pentium Anniversary Edition with unlockable cores and revealed the “Black Brook” reference all-in-one — designed to show off tech like its RealSense 3-D camera (see the video after the break). Finally, Intel revealed that its 5th-gen Broadwell 14-nanometer processors will be available unlocked and with IRIS graphics. Given that those chips are expected soon and the Extreme Edition Core CPU will arrive in mid-2014, it might be prudent to put off that upgrade.

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