Intel’s replacement for Ivy Bridge-E and Sandy Bridge-E will have eight cores and a 3GHz clock speed.

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Intel is expected to launch Haswell-E sometime in the third quarter of 2014, and VR-Zone recently got a first look at an engineering sample of the chip.

Haswell-E will feature 8 cores clocked at 3GHz and will be based on the 22nm process node as Ivy Bridge-E. At launch Intel is understood to be intending to ship two versions of the chip: an “X” ,or extreme edition of the chip, as well as a “K” edition.

Haswell-E will use Intel’s X99 chipset, which as VR-Zone previously reported, is not compatible with the earlier X79 series. Intel’s X99 will offer native support for USB 3.0, as well as 10 Ports of SATA 6Gb / s.

It’s also interesting to note that Intel appears to be producing this specific engineering sample is produced using its foundries based in the United States, rather than the usual production geo-locations which means it’s likely a very early engineering sample.

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It will also support DDR4 memory, which should offer the most noticeable boost when compared to its predecessors.

More details should be available in early 2014 before a likely launch at Intel’s developer forum later in the fall.

With files from Chinese VR-Zone.