Intel released the Haswell-E collection of Extreme performance central processing units less than a day ago so, naturally, makers of gaming PCs are moving in with new systems.Although saying they're new systems isn't altogether accurate. More like the companies have updated their existing computers with designs that include the new CPUs.
And since no motherboards save the new X99 chipset-based models can actually support the CPUs, that means that the new computers use these products as well.
Moreover, we can't have a Haswell-E powered computer without DDR4 memory, which means that the new RAM specification is being adopted across the board as well.
All in all, we can safely say that this overhaul to the offerings of Boutique PC vendors is among the most radical of recent years, since it's not just the CPU or GPU getting an upgrade, but the three main components of any computer, the backbone as it were.
AVADirect, Origin PC, velocity Micro, Alienware (Dell), Maingear and CuberPowerPC are just some of the OEMs now selling, or preparing to sell, Haswell-E based gaming systems. Expect them to cost thousands of dollars.
Here's a brief rundown of the main highlights of the Intel Haswell-E CPUs: up to 8 CPU cores clocked at 3.5 GHz on average, DDR4 support, LGA 2011-3 socket, up to 40 PCI Express lanes and massive overclocking support.