Rumor: Intel’s “Haswell E” gets DDR4 Support in 2014.
Another week, another Intel/AMD CPU rumor.
Posted last week, the most recent CPU-related AMD rumor is all about the short-term — a 5 GHz Centurion CPU hitting the market at some point this Spring. The latest Intel rumor, however, focuses on the future, three chip releases from now.
While we wait for the incoming Haswell and Ivy Bridge-E CPUs this year, Fudzilla is reporting that Intel already has the next version of the Haswell arcitecture, called Haswell E (or Haswell-E, perhaps), set up for a late 2014 launch. The most important part of this Haswell-E rumor? Quad channel DDR4 support. The next memory standard, which should offer a sizable leap in bandwidth and some speed improvements, hasn’t even been finalized yet, but it’s destined for AMD and Intel platforms further down the road.
Along with being based on the existing LGA 2011 socket, these Haswell E chips will pack 12 or 16 cores, and have a TDP of 130W. Those facts are sure to have enthusiasts the world ’round feeling warm and fuzzy inside, and it sounds like a Haswell E-based server would be dynamite as well. 16 cores in one CPU, flanked by 64 GB of DDR4 memory? That takes “Dream Machine” to a new level. It’s exciting news for sure, but it’s still in rumor territory, so take this all with a grain of salt for the time being.
[CPU sample image via OBR-Hardware.com]