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In a long, drawn-out lawsuit that’s been going on for several years now, Intel has finally come to an agreement with all parties and reached an out-of-court settlement. This relates to a lawsuit that was brought to US courts, alleging that Intel paid Hewlett-Packard and other OEMs to use their Pentium 4 processors over the competition from AMD and doctored benchmarks to make their processors more attractive than their competitor’s. Almost fifteen years later, people who bought HP machines and others can claim back some money from the settlement, though it’s capped out at $15.

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Intel’s Haswell-E plaform is arguably their best effort in recent times and it improves on nearly every aspect of their offering to the desktop market – you get more cores for less money, you get new features and hardware, you get DDR4 compatibility and you get the new X99 chipset, chock-full of features that many of you will buy it on but won’t ever use. But there are a few issues with X99 that might be reason for Intel to tread carefully with how they manage the Skylake launch next year and here’s why.

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Intel’s Haswell-E family launched last week and things have been heating up in discussion threads on the internet and in videos on Youtube. Haswell-E is one of the most anticipated launches for the high-end desktop crowd and a lot of people who need the extra horsepower on offer are eagerly watching for benchmarks that finally push them to checking out their parts they’ve gathered into their shopping carts. Not only is Intel changing the game as far as core counts are concerned, they’re also offering completely new board logic, new functionality that wasn’t possible before and compatibility with DDR4 memory, also a brand new addition to the market. Lets dive into Haswell-E and look at why you’d want it and what it’s going to cost you.

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Intel’s Haswell-E family launches later today and the overclocks are already rolling in. Both dudes doing it with the Core i7-5960X must have had fresh changes of pants and underpants and rolls of toilet paper near their benching station, ready for the moment they crapped themselves when something wasn’t working, or the board didn’t boot or the memory went bust. Despite Intel sitting on these chips and the X99 platform for a long time to make sure it was good and ready, it’s still brand new stuff that no-one else has ever submitted scores for. being the first of the benchers for Haswell-E has some perks, with the main one being bragging rights.

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So Intel’s Haswell-E launch is just around the corner and there’s been some price indications for the first batches of DDR4 memory, but nothing on the processors. Well, that is until now. Some pre-launch prices for the Core i7-5820K and Core i7-5930K have popped up on the local market thanks to Wootware. Haswell-E also comes with the X99 platform which will be just as expensive as these puppies. Hit the jump to see the screenshots.

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 While AMD carries on their work with Mantle, Microsoft’s engineers are toiling behind the scenes to complete work on DirectX 12, the company’s first attempt at a low-level API for the desktop market. DirectX 12 may be the biggest shift for Microsoft since DirectX 10 forced everyone to install Vista and they’re being very careful of how they handle this launch to ensure that more customers don’t shy away to other platforms.

In the past Intel has approached AMD about the Mantle specification in order to optimise their chips for it because it brings a big boost to battery life and performance in thermally constrained environments. Today, we get to look at some of the benefits that Intel is hoping to bring to the Windows platform with DirectX 12-compatible hardware.

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Intel Haswell-E cooler stock (1)

Intel’s Haswell-E processors have a launch literally around the corner (September 2014, according to some reports on the internet) and things are shaping up to what is expected to be a big launch for the enthusiast market – it’ll be the first major change for Intel’s HEDT platform in three years following the launch of Sandy Bridge-E and the first real chance for anyone still running a Core i7-930 or higher to really see a big jump in performance.

Haswell-E dies are humongous, however. I fully expect that it’ll have a lot of cooling challenges to deal with and even Intel had to plan better for the extra heat these chips will produce. Their updated stock cooler for the LGA2011-3 socket gives us some idea of what we can reasonably expect from the new processors.

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ASRock X99 Killer

Intel’s Haswell-E platform is almost ready to launch and a lot of manufacturers and component producers are gearing up for the biggest switch in the PC landscape since the launch of DDR3 back in 2007. Haswell-E will launch with the brand new X99 chipset and the reworked LGA2011-3 socket, designed to house the massive six, eight and eventually twelve-core chips that Intel will be peddling to enthusiasts, gamers and professionals looking for the ultimate in speed and power. Although most board manufacturers have managed to not have their final designs leak, ASRock forgot all about their need to keep secrets and revealed their boards a little early during a special conference in Taiwan.

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delidded Intel Core i7-5960X

The header image for this article is enough to make any CPU enthusiast cry salty, salty tears. Over the years AMD and Intel have dipped in and out of the practice of using a lead-based solder to connect the CPU die to the integrated heatspreader on the top of the chip. Solder is a more effective transfer material for heat than regular thermal paste, as metal typically conducts heat much better. Although Intel is currently using regular thermal paste underneath its heatsinks, it will be moving back to using something more permanent for their high-end chips and it won’t be metallic either. 

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Although it isn’t a Devil’s Canyon processor, Intel’s Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition could be considered a nod to the overclocking-focused past that the brand is famous for. The G3258 is the cheapest, multiplier-unlocked dual-core Haswell processor available on the market and it is making life hell for AMD, particularly when the software market is still so heavily focused on single-threaded performance. What does this little Pentium offer, then, to the consumer and what would you need to get the most out of it? Hit the jump to read a little more into this tiny monster.

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