Pre-order pricing for Intel Haswell-E desktop processors revealed

Pre-order pricing for Intel Haswell-E desktop processors revealed

Summary: An online retailer jumps the gun by listing the new chips, which include an eight-core Extreme Edition CPU that will cost more than $1,100.

TOPICS: Processors, Intel, PCs

With Intel enjoying a slight uptick in PC revenue in its latest quarterly earnings, and the PC gaming market proving to have longer legs than expected, the chip giant is showing that it can still wring profits from desktop PCs. Its upcoming Haswell-E processors should continue its dominance of the high end of the desktop CPU segment when they are rumored to start shipping in September.

As is often the case with anticipated tech products, some online retailer or another lets the cat out of the bag early when it comes to important details, like pricing or release date. That's just what has happened with Haswell-E, as the website for Bottom Line Telecommunications has listed the three new processors for pre-order in advance of the competition.

The cheapest of the trio is the Core i7-5820K, a six-core chip running at 3.3GHz with 15MB of L3 cache, which is selling for $425.92. Next up is the i7-5930K, which also includes six cores and 15MB of L3 cache, but has a clock speed of 3.5GHz and a pre-order price of $631.54. The "K" at the end of the product name indicates that the CPUs include an unlocked multiplier to ease overclocking. 

Last, but certainly not least, is the new flagship processor for Intel, the i7-5960X Extreme Edition. It's the first eight-core desktop chip for Intel, even though rival AMD has had "octo-core" processors for years (and Intel has also produced eight-core — and higher — Xeon chips for enterprise systems), and it promises to replace its i7-4960X predecessor as the world's fastest desktop CPU.

While each core will run at "only" 3GHz, the i7-5960X will come with a hefty 20MB of L3 cache. All three of the Haswell-E processors will make use of DDR4, the next generation of RAM that promises to be a faster, more efficient performer than DDR3 memory.

Intel's longtime strategy with its top Extreme Edition processor is to price it no lower than $999 — and the i7-5960X pricing does not appear to deviate from that tactic. In fact, the pre-order price for the eight-core chip is well north of $1,000 at $1,107.83. This shouldn't come as a big surprise, however, given the novelty of the additional two cores and "latest and greatest" premium that is often attached to these type of products.

As the rumored launch date approaches, other online retailers may also put the Haswell-E processors up for pre-order, at which time we can determine if BLT's prices are on the high end or are representative of what the going rate will be for the new chips. Are you planning on upgrading to Haswell-E for your desktop? Let us know in the Talkback section below.

Topics: Processors, Intel, PCs

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  • I'm Upgrading to Hawell E!

    My current platform is an Asrock X58 Extreme3, CPU i7 950, 12G Gskill DDR 1600, Palit GTX 680 Jetstream & WD 1TB Caviar Black HD.
    This system was state of the art nearly 4.5 years ago, though I did upgrade the video card 2 years ago.
    I'm upgrading to the Asrock x99 Extreme 4, CPU Core i7-5820K (this CPU only runs 28 PCIe gen 3 lanes so doesn't suit NVidia SLI or AMD Crossfire but is a much cheaper option if you are a single card user), 16GB Gskill DDR4 2133 and a Crucial MX 1000 ITB SSD (hopeful this model will be available in a couple of months) an additional Crucial MX 1000 512GB SSD for video editing, (I will keep my existing WD 1TB Green drive for drive backup).
    I am expecting to spend around $1800 if I get a new case +$200 my current fans are to noisy so I am thinking to move to the noise free fans of the Silverstone FT04 case.
    2 Grand is quite cheap for a system that will run 40 hours a week for the next 4-5 years, it's much cheaper than it use to be to upgrade and it's cheaper to buy the parts in HK.
    The video card can wait until 20nm NVidia 880ti is available next year.
    I do a lot of video editing and gaming.
    Kevin Cobley
    • SSD vs HDD for Video Editing

      I might be wrong, so take this with a grain of salt and DO YOUR REASEARCH! :)

      Check over with the people on some the forums like Tom's Hardware ( and Linus Tech Tips forums (

      As far as I know, SSDs have a limited number of read/write sequences, and larger capacity SSDS are (sometimes) more expensive. I know that programs like Adobe and things like AutoCAD benefit from higher-end CPUs, larger amounts of system RAM, and larger drives, ie; for scratch disks. Like I said before, to my knowledge SSDs have a limited number of operations so something like a WD Black might be better for that? They're big enough for scratch disks, and if you want them to be quiet then you can always buy an anti-vibration HDD mount! Good luck! :)
  • No waiting for Broadwell

    Fanless PCs and DDR4 will be mainstream along with affordability.
  • What will the market truely bear?

    How long will it be before the market has moved away from the clunky dinosaur that is this "desktop" pc? Studies have already shown that the PC has moved into the bottom of the rung when it comes to overall day to day use with phones being at the top and tablets at some place in the middle. We're not far from the phone being our full time connectivity to everyything with a simple dock to our keyboard/monitor/mouse for home/office use. CPU, memory and storage for the average cell phone is going up and up every year. Apps are moving to "the cloud" and so will our primary storage/backups. Yes, there will always be that "extreme gamer", but I think in time with the way CPU's and graphics are going, the cell phone with marginalize part of this as well. Certainly in my life time if not my kids. For the server market, those processors will hold value but for the desktop PC, it think it's time is coming. My prediction is that your watch will become your phone and your phone can certainly become the PC replacement. I know it's going there for me already. Galaxy Note 2 with docking station at home with bluetooth keyboard/mouse configuration. Yes even I have a linux PC, but my phone is my primary road warrior workstation day to day. Lets hope for this change soon.
    • Let's not...

      I really hope you're kidding with your entire post - the desktop has it's place in the modern computer world and replacing it with your smartphone won't happen in the near or even distant future. Desktops provide the sheer power that other platforms, even laptops, just can't and do so at a price point that is lower than any other platform. To think that your phone would be good at compiling video, performing complex calculations, or any other task that requires more than a moderate amount of processing power is simply a pipe dream. It's fairly obvious you use of computers is limited to youtube videos, social media and the occasional short e-mail because replacing your desktop or laptop with your phone isn't something that anything other than a casual user would do.
      • For the record

        He isn't kidding. I'm not saying what he said is true, just that you have to acknowledge the existence of this sort of whackjob internet know-it-all who's ironically the embodiment of new-media fear and propaganda, maximizing speculations of change, our keys soon be damned upon the death knell of redditors and tech analysts alike. I must have missed the memo that one man's docking station is every man's docking station. And these OEMs... building PCs like that with such protest! Don't they realize we've all hung our hats for fear of falling behind the trends? I mean, gee, where was my iPad when I wanted to write this?
  • New Intel i7-5960X

    I can hardly wait for this processor as it will be a tremendous improvement over a system that I am running now, which when I built it in 2009, was "state of the art"! lol
    Do you know if this new processor will support Hyper-Threading; thus in operation it will appear to be running 16 processors??