With the official release nearly upon us, Intel’s Broadwell-E CPUs have started popping up everywhere. First, we had all of the various motherboard vendors announce support for the new Broadwell-E CPUs for their X99 motherboards. Next, Intel even leaked the chips on their driver website, confirming the rumoured specifications. Now, we finally get retail listing for the chips from NCIX along with pricing.
The pricing is pretty exorbitant right now with the low-end i7-6800K coming in at $629.99. All fo the other CPUs are much more expensive with the i7-6850K at $889.99 and i7-6900K at $1495.99. That’s the same price as the rumoured $1500 for the i7-6950X which is listed for an exorbitant $2349.98. Of course, these are likely only placeholder prices till the real launch so we can expect the real prices to be quite a bit lower if past history is anything to go by.
Broadwell-E is expected to bring the 10 core i7 6950X along with Broadwell improvements to Intel’s HEDT. With a relatively simple updated, X99 motherboards with LGA 2011-3 will work with the new chips. While these prices are unrealistic, in my mind, intel may plan to squeeze consumers as much as they can. Intel recently cut 12,000 staff and if they can find a way to make more money, they’ll take it.
Intel’s 2011-v3 socket is designed for heavy video editing, rendering and other professional circumstances where multi-core performance is vital. As a result, the current top-tier mainstream processor is the Core i7-5960X which features 8 cores and 16 threads. However, the upcoming Broadwell-E range of CPUs includes a monster 10-core, 20 thread chip with 25M of cache. According to Benchlife, Broadwell-E utilizes the 14nm manufacturing process and should be unveiled during Computex 2016. Interestingly, Broadwell-E is based on four CPUs, the 6800K, 6850K, 6900K and 6950X.
The 6800K operates with a base speed of 3.40GHz and has a turbo reaching 3.6GHz. Additionally, it’s a 6-core, 12-threaded processor with a TDP of 140 watts. The 6850K is extremely similar apart from a frequency boost from 3.40GHz to 3.60GHz and 3.8GHz turbo. The 6900K is a 8 core, 16 threaded CPU with 20M of total cache and 3.20GHz base frequency which increases to a maximum of 3.7GHz. As previously mentioned, the 6950X is a 10 core, 20 thread CPU which runs at a base frequency of 3.0GHz and turbo of 3.5GHz.
On the current platform, the 5820K is a great option and very similar in specification to the much more expensive 5930K barring 40 PCI-E lanes and a frequency boost. Judging from the leaked documentation so far, it seems Intel is trying to cater towards a wider range of professionals and I cannot wait to see how the flagship 10 core CPU performs compared to the 5960X.