Two Weeks of Haswell-E: Early Findings, Records and General Information

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Two Weeks of Haswell-E: Early Findings, Records and General Information

Author: Pieter-Jan Plaisier

The newest generation of Intel CPUs finally sports an 8-core SKU for the performance enthusiasts. The arguably widely anticipated launch took place on August 29 and not entirely unexpected we saw quite a lot of overclocking records broken. In this short editorial we want to provide an overview of the Haswell-E overclocking results as well as some statistics. Here we go!

1) Overclocking Records

Let’s begin with the most important part for the enthusiasts: what benchmark records have been broken. A quick query in our database learns us that 8 overall records and 29 global records are currently in the hands of desktop X99 users. The large majority of the results originate from the pre-launch overclocking event at the ASUS Headquarters as the overclockers are using a combination of Rampage V Extreme and G.SKILL DDR4 memory.

Below you can find a list of the 8 overall benchmark records.

BenchmarkScoreCPUMotherboardMemoryVGA
3DMark Vantage – Performance106457Core i7 5960X5670 MHzAsusRampage V ExtremeG.SKILL4xRadeon R9 290X
3DMark11 – Performance43864Core i7 5960X5713,5AsusRampage V ExtremeG.SKILL4xRadeon R9 290X
3DMark11 – Entry44535Core i7 5960X5586,52AsusRampage V ExtremeG.SKILL4xRadeon R9 290X
XTU2798Core i7 5960X5676AsusRampage V ExtremeG.SKILL
3DMark – Fire Strike36976Core i7 5960X5624AsusRampage V ExtremeG.SKILLRipjaws 44xRadeon R9 290X
3DMark – Fire Strike Extreme26417Core i7 5960X5623,3AsusRampage V ExtremeG.SKILL4xGeForce GTX 780 Ti
Realbench V2124136Core i7 5960X4374,9AsusX99 DeluxeCorsairVengeance LPX GeForce GTX 780 Ti
3DMark – Sky Diver74836Core i7 5960X5623AsusRampage V ExtremeG.SKILL3xRadeon R9 290X

The only result in that list not originating from the event is from American overclocker Munny who set a new overall best for Realbench V2 scoring 124136 points with a Core i7 5960X at almost 4.4 GHz. As mentioned before, with 35 out of 37 records Asus scores the majority of the top spots. MSI and GIGABYTE each have one, respectively in 8x CPU Wprime 32M and 8xCPU Wprime 1024M.

2) Some Statistics

To each new generation of hardware we dedicate a sub-forum, which is no different for Haswell-E. In the sub-forum you can find our three main support threads: batches and steppings, the 5GHz SuperPI 32M low-clock challenge and the general support thread with statistics, BIOSes and overclocking tool downloads.

In the 5G low clock challenge we currently find only 6 results. None of the SuperPI 32M top dogs have shown results yet, so we are still in anticipation to see what the various memory tweakers can come up with in terms of SuperPI efficiency. The current top score is from Bruno from Romania with 6 minutes and 58.786 seconds using a Core i7 5960X at 4680 MHz.

The general support thread has been updated with most of the overclocking gear you will need for Haswell-E. You can find overclocking tools for ASRock, ASUS, Evga, GIGABYTE and MSI as well as pretty much all the BIOSes currently available on the web. Go check it out, there are plenty! We’ve also updated the thread with some initial information on Haswell-E usage at HWBOT.

Based on 414 submissions from 52 overclockers we see that the current most used motherboard is the Rampage V Extreme and X99-Deluxe from ASUS. Also, the most popular CPU is the most expensive Core i7 5960X and overclockers choose primarily water cooling (64%) as cooling method. Bruno from Romania has already submitted 94 results on Haswell-E, which is about 25% of our entire Haswell-E submission set. Incredible effort!

Of course these are just the preliminary figures. The platform featuring a USD $1,000 CPU and a new type of memory needs a bit of maturing.

3) The Expectations

Haswell-E has only been around to play with for about two weeks now and the adoption rate of the Halo platform for desktop is always lower than of the mainstream platform, so we expect more activity to follow once the platform matures and is readily available in retail everywhere.

Personally, I expect the Haswell-E platform to do better than most people expect. It’s the first time since Gulftown in early 2010 that the high performance desktop users can purchase a platform with additional core count. The USD $1,000 Gulftown did fairly well in terms of popularity as it brought 6 core processors to the consumer market. Of course there are slight differences between the two platforms as Gulftown was a lot more overclockable than its Nehalem predecessors and did not feature a completely new and far more expensive memory specification. But features are not the deciding factor in people’s purchases; desire is. Just look at your Facebook feed this morning and see how much excitement the iPhone 6 is bringing to people, despite the lack of really innovative features.

Returning to the power of HWBOT, the database, we can compare the popularity of the various high-end desktops. Comparing the unlocked parts from Bloomfield, Gulftown, Sandy Bridge-E, Ivy Bridge-E and Haswell-E, we come up with the following table.

Platform2nd Week After LaunchPeak Usage in Weeks After Launch
Bloomfield51 results17 usersWeek 2440 users
Gulftown149 results38 usersWeek 8114 users
Sandy Bridge-E81 results20 usersWeek 860 users
Ivy Bridge-E107 results19 usersWeek 1759 users
Haswell-E203 results39 users//

From the looks of it, Haswell-E seems to have a fairly good start. Of course we have to take in to account that the amount of marketing effort on the side of overclocking is a lot higher now than it was in 2008 (Bloomfield) or 2010 (Gulftown) and that for the Nehalem platform the locked (and not included in the table) Core i7 920 was extremely popular thus eating away market share from the Extreme line-up. We will continue to monitor the trend and keep you posted on the evolution!

That’s all for now. All that is left is for me to wish you a happy Haswell-E launch and hope the best for your overclocking adventures.

Until the next time!


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Belgium Massman says:

Just putting some numbers together. Haswell-E trend will be an interesting one!

United States VSG says:

Still waiting on my motherboard and RAM. Stock availability is the only thing keeping lots of more submissions to be done!

Canada Vinster says:

I'd like higher clocked memory before I jump in.... it's expected to get to DDR4-4000mhz and that's what I'd like

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