Intel may be getting ready to launch its Broadwell processor yet… but that doesn’t mean the company is done with Haswell chips. While the first processors based on 5th generation Intel Core technology will be low-power chips for notebooks and tablets, Intel’s latest 4th-gen Core chips are part of the new Haswell-E “Extreme Edition” processor family for high-end desktop computers.
The most powerful is a Core i7-5960X 8-core processor with 16 processor threads, 20MB of cache, and a base clock speed of 3 GHz.
The new chips also feature Intel’s new X99 Chipset, with support for DDR4 memory.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web. You can keep up on the latest headlines by following Liliputing on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
- Intel launches 8-core, 16-thread Core i7 Haswell-E chip with X99 chipset for high-performance desktops
Haswell-E chips ain’t cheap. They’ll run from $389 to $999, which means you could basically buy a cheap notebook… or one of these desktop processors. But they could be pretty good choices for folks that need bleeding edge performance for CPU-heavy tasks. [Intel]
- Alienware Area-51 gaming PC is funny-shaped… but for a good reason
One of the first PCs to feature support for a Haswell-E chip is Alienware’s new gaming rig… which looks like a malformed triangle rather than the usual rectangle. It turns out the design helps with cooling and makes it easier to access the ports. I kind of like it. [Gizmodo]
- Asus ZenWatch will cost “less than $199” when it goes on sale in October
Asus has already said its first Android Wear smartwatch will be cheaper than others on the market. In a new interview, CEO Jerry Shen specifies that it’ll sell for less than $199… which isn’t necessarily *much* cheaper than, say, a Samsung Gear Live or Gear 2 Neo. But Shen didn’t say *how much* less than $199 the watch will cost. We should find out on September 3rd. [Focus Taiwan]
- Ubuntu 14.10 beta 1 released
Canonical didn’t release a beta version of the main branch of its popular operating system, since you can just go ahead and download the latest nightly. But various different flavors including Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Kubuntu, and Ubuntu GNOME all have new beta releases out today. The final build of Ubuntu 14.10 is due in October. [Ubuntu]
- Why LG’s acquisition of webOS might be a failure
Poor webOS just can’t catch a break. First developed as a smartphone OS by Palm, the operating system was liked by tech reviewers but largely ignored by the public. So HP bought the company and released a webOS tablet… which it discontinued 2 months later. Eventually LG swept in and grabbed the remains of webOS for use on smart TVs… and the resulting televisions look pretty decent. But many of the developers are suffering from corporate culture shock and have jumped ship. It’s not clear what kind of future webOS has at this point. [GigaOM]
- MSN Messenger is dead. Long live Skype.
Microsoft bought Skype a few years ago and has been pushing MSN Messenger users to move to Skype for a while. Now there *are* no more MSN Messenger users. [The Verge]