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.
Last week, we saw the first sign of support for Intel’s upcoming Broadwell-E CPUs. MSI was the first out of the gate with their announcement of new BIOS revisions to support Intel’s new line of Extreme CPUs followed by ASRock. Today, ASUS has announced their own support for Broadwell-E with new BIOS releases for their X99 series of motherboards. With 3 motherboard vendors offering support, Intel much be releasing their chips soon.
For most of the lineup, the new 3004 BIOS will be the one adding support. Interestingly, the Rampage IV and Rampage IV/U3.1 will have to rely on the 3007 BETA BIOS. I don’t know about you, but a beta BIOS doesn’t sound all that safe. In order to upgrade their firmware, users can either use the built-in EZ Flash 2 utility from within the BIOS or the USB BIOS Flashback/ROG Connect button from outside the system.
As we know, Broadwell-E will include the massive i7-6950X with 10 cores and 20 threads with 25MB of L3. The monster of a chip will also come with an equally massive price tag to match. The rest of the lineup will consist of the Core i7-6900K, i7-6850K and i7-6800K with the usual 6 and 8 core offerings. With Zen rumoured to peak at 8 cores for the consumer market, the 6950X may reign supreme for quite a while.
Gigabyte is one of the leading motherboard vendors with a large X99 range including the X99-Gaming-5P, X99-UD4P and more. The 2011-3 platform is designed for professionals requiring additional multi-threaded processing power in complex workloads. Intel’s mainstream Z170 chipset only supports up to 4-core, 8-thread CPUs. While the current X99 platform is older than Skylake, current offerings such as the 5820K and 5960X are better options when working with large video editing projects or heavy rendering tasks. Of course, Intel is poised to launch their brand new X99 based processors, codenamed “Broadwell-E” relatively soon. Vendors including MSI and ASRock have already released widespread BIOS updates to allow the current models to support Broadwell-E CPUs.
Today, Gigabyte unveiled a brand new motherboard, entitled the X99P-SLI. This particular product supports Broadwell-E out-of-the-box and utilizes the ATX form factor. More importantly, it’s the world’s first X99 motherboard with Thunderbolt 3 certification. This connector is currently the fastest connectivity protocol offering speeds up to 40 Gb/s, twice that of the previous generation. In practical terms, Thunderbolt allows you connect discrete GPU boxes, external quad M.2 devices or U.2 expansion drives. X99-based CPUs don’t have an iGPU which means you have to use a discrete graphics card to utilize the Thunderbolt controller. Thankfully, an included cable connects between an integrated DisplayPort connector and monitor with Type-C functionality. This allows you to daisy-chain up to 6 devices via Thunderbolt 3 and offers unparalleled flexibility.
As you might expect, the motherboard supports up to 128GB DDR4 memory, 4-way SLI and 4-way CrossfireX. The expansion slots include two PCI-E x16 running at x16, two PCI-E running at x8, and two PCI-E x1 slots. The Realtek ALC1151 115dB SNR HD audio is a great addition as many X99 motherboards ignore gaming focussed features. The motherboard deploys an all digital power design with IR digital PWM & IR PowIRstage ICs, premium 10k black capacitors and audio noise isolation.
Ahead of Intel’s much awaited Broadwell-E processor launch, ASRock announced the release of a new BIOS with support for X99 CPUs that are available on today’s market. The update applies to all of the motherboard manufacturers’ X99 product lines.
The new Broadwell-E processors will fit in the same LGA2011-V3 sockets as their Haswell predecessors and introduce a 14nm manufacturing process. The new BIOS will support the new ten core Core i7-6950X, the Core i7-6900K, i7-6850K and i7-6800K processors. So far there has been little in the way of information on the new processors available from reliable sources. ASRock is the first reputable place to confirm Intel’s offerings (well, the names at least) ahead of the Intel announcement due at Computex 2016. Although, MSI was the first motherboard manufacturer to release widespread BIOS updates for their X99 range.
There were rumors at one point of Intel cancelling the Broadwell-E range in favour of some Skylake chips. However, the release from Asrock certainly thwarts this. The ten core beast, the 6950X will run at a base clock of 3GHz and have a 3.5GHz boost clock, boasting 10 cores and 20 threads. From the release, it will be unlocked to allow enthusiasts and professional overclockers to tinker and overclock the processors to the absolute maximum they can get. It’ll come with a whopping 25MB of layer three cache and will work in most X99 motherboards, providing the manufacturer releases a new bios that can support them.
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Intel has resigned the higher core count processors for the professional X99 platform and doesn’t look like changing this business strategy in the near future. As a result, users with hefty requirements might need a 6-core or even an 8-core CPU for complex rendering work, or perhaps huge video editing workloads. The current flagship is the Intel Core i7-5960X which utilizes 8-cores and 16-threads. Apparently this behemoth will be replaced sometime this year with a 10-core, 20-thread 6950X processor. The new range codenamed Broadwell-E is going to be an alluring prospect for extreme users wanting the absolute best performance. Theoretically, these CPUs should work on 2011v3 motherboards providing the manufacturer offers a suitable BIOS
Today, MSI revealed that they have already taken this into consideration and released BIOS updates for their entire X99 range. Here you can see the list of supported models:
X99S MPOWER (E7885IMS.M80)
X99A SLI Krait Edition (E7885IMS.N50)
X99S SLI Krait Edition (E7885IMS.N50)
X99A RAIDER (E7885IMS.P20)
X99A RAIDER (E7885IMS.P20)
X99A GAMING 7 (E7885IMS.HC0)
X99S GAMING 7 (E7885IMS.HC0)
X99A SLI PLUS (E7885IMS.1A0)
X99S SLI PLUS (E7885IMS.1A0)
X99A MPOWER (E7885IMS.M80)
X99A GODLIKE GAMING (E7883IMS.130)
X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON (E7883IMS.210)
X99A GAMING 9 ACK (E7882IMS.320)
X99S GAMING 9 ACK (E7882IMS.260)
X99S GAMING 9 AC (E7882IMS.190)
X99A XPOWER AC (E7881IMS.A30)
X99S XPOWER AC (E7881IMS.190)
This is great news for existing owners of X99 MSI motherboards who intend to upgrade to a Broadwell-E CPU upon release. I have to commend MSI for updating the BIOS way in advance (perhaps), to ensure everything is fully operational when you purchase a Broadwell-E processor. If you have any intentions of upgrading, simply navigate to the specific model number’s support page and download the latest BIOS version. Other manufacturers should follow suit very soon but it’s great to see MSI taking such a proactive approach.
As with most product launches, Intel has kept Broadwell-E largely under wraps. The few pieces of information that have come out have largely been from leaks. This all changes today as Intel has been the one to accidentally reveal information about the i7 6950X. On the list of Intel Management Engine downloads for the various Intel CPUs, a listing for the i7 6950X Broadwell-E has popped up.
While pretty plain as expected from the source, it does confirm a number of details. In line with previous leaks, the 6950X will the a 10 core giant, with the standard 2.5MB of L3 cache for a total of 25MB. Clock speed is also pretty much where we expected it to be, with a 3.5Ghz Turbo Boost clock off of the 3Ghz base clock. Even the listing it looks like Intel’s latest Management Engine is all set for Broadwell-E as well.
As we’ve reported earlier, Broadwell-E is expected to drop sometime in Q2 2016. This means the launch will be happening within the next 3 months. Expect pricing to be steep at about $1500 for the 6950X and $1000 for the 6900K. If AMD’s 8 core 3Ghz Zen performs well enough though, we may see a substantial price drop for Broadwell-E later in the year.
For those of you waiting for Intel Broadwell-E, they may still be a bit ways away but it looks like they will be right on time. According to early leaks, Intel’s roadmaps pointed to an early Q2 launch the Haswell-E successor. It looks like those leaked roadmaps are right on target as Gigabyte has released a new BIOS update for their X99 series of motherboards. According to the release notes the update is meant to “Support 2016 Q2 coming new CPU” which is likely Broadwell-E.
As the replacement for Haswell-E, the new lineup will continue to use the same X99 and LGA2011-3 platform, meaning an in place upgrade for current users. The new chips will be based on the Broadwell architecture, coming in 4 variants, the 6800K, 6850K, 6900K and 6950X. These will range from the usual 6 cores up to the new monster 10 core 6950X. Don’t expect pricing to change from Haswell-E though as the 6950X is expected to cost 50% more than the 5960X.
With a Q2 launch, Intel has a good chance to lap in some sales before Zen arrives with its rumoured 16-cores. On the flip side, some users may also choose to wait and see what AMD will be offering before sinking their hard-earned cash into some shiny new hardware. On a final note, the new BIOS also notes that “This BIOS prohibits updating to earlier version BIOS” so there will be no turning back.
Following right on the heels of the first consumer octa-core i7-5960X CPU, 2016 is the year that we may finally see a deca-core CPU from Intel. Called the i7-6950X, the new chip will be the flagship for Intel’s HEDT Broadwell-E platform. According to a new report though, the price is going way up this time, set for an exorbitant $1500 USD. Compared to previous HEDT flagships, this will be quite a jump.
Broadwell-E will be replacing Intel’s current HEDT platform, Haswell-E, which debuted the i7-5960X octa-core. Broadwell-E also marks the move from Intel’s current 22nm process to the new 14nm process Skylake started using. Broadwell-E will continue to use the same X99 Wellsburg platform as well but introduce BCLK overclocking in addition to the current multiplier based overclocking.
At 10 cores and 20 threads, the 6950X marks a jump of $500 or 50% over the previous asking price of the top chip from Intel. The octa-core 6900K will maintain the $1000 USD pricing set by its predecessor. Even when Intel made the jump from 6 core to 8 cores, they kept the price at $1000. This time, the extra cores and 14nm must either be costing Intel a lot more, or they’ve caught on that enthusiasts are willing to pay any price for top of the line chips.
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.
Intel’s new Broadwell-E processors are due for launch during the first quarter of 2016, and a potential leak has revealed that its top-end model, the i7-6950X, will feature 10 cores, up to 20 threads, and a 25MB cache.
According to Chinese tech website Xfastest, the i7-6950X will surpass expectations, boasting more than the 8 cores and 16 threads previously expected, and offering significantly greater specs than the previous Broadwell architecture.
“Some people may think that Intel’s new processor will go as high as 8 cores and 16 threads, but in fact is not the case, this time Intel will launch four new processors: New models are i7-6950X, i7-6900K, i7-6850K and i7- 6800K, where i7-6950X is the Extreme versions of the same frequency and i7-5960X, the clock is 3.0GHz and support Intel Turbo boost, but the number of cores increase into 10 cores, plus HT technical support, up to 20 threads, and the cache capacity are further enhanced from Broadwell, from the original 20MB cache now becomes 25MB”
“Intel Broadwell-E processors use X99 PCH, currently marketed X99 motherboard can receive BIOS update to support the new CPUs i7-6950X, i7-6900K, i7-6850K and i7-6800K, so you do not have to re- buy motherboards”
More details have emerged this week in the form of a new slide detailing some more information about the upcoming and highly anticipated high-end desktop processors from Intel. The 14nm Broadwell-E that will be compatible with existing LGA2011-3 sockets and X99 chipsets. But from the looks of things, we’ll have to have a lot of patience to wait for it as it won’t make the hoped debut in 2015.
The new Broadwell-E CPUs will have a very similar design to the current Core i7-5xxx processors and feature 6 to 8 cores with Hyperthreading and up to 20MB of L3 cache. Overclocking options and turbo boost will be available like we’re used to from the current generation. It will support quad-channel DDR4 memory with speeds up to 2400MHz and have 40 PCIe lanes. The thermal rating stays at the 140W the current generation has, which to me seems a bit odd considering the new and improved manufacturing process.
The current data at hand estimate pre-ES Broadwell-E microprocessors to be available in the second quarter of 2015, ES version will debut in week 36 of 2015 and qualification samples (QS) are expected to be available in 47th week. The ones we really care about as consumers are the final production CPUs, those should be shipping in the first quarter of 2016.
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Having AMD release its official roadmap, Intel is apparently not far behind in releasing such information. An official roadmap detailing Intel’s plans for this year has been revealed. The roadmap states that Intel is planning to delay its Devil’s Canyon CPU launch date from June 2nd 2014 to Q3 2014.
Intel will only announce its Devil’s Canyon processors at Computex 2014 in June, where sources indicate it will also hold an overclocking competition as well, where users can test out the Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K processors. It is also said that a few retailers have already listed the Core i7-4790K, Core i5-4690K and Pentium G3258 CPUs for pre-order. However, they will not start shipping until September. Also, most motherboard manufacturers are holding out until Devil’s Canyon release before they start shipping the Z97 motherboards.
In terms of specifications for Devil’s Canyon, a list and details can be viewed below:
Intel’s Core i7-4790K apparently will be the first 22nm consumer CPU from the Haswell Refresh lineup to come with a clock speed of a staggering 4 GHz and a boost speed of 4.4 GHz, featuring 4 cores and 8 threads. It is also stated to come with an unlocked design, allowing users to overclock the CPU over its limits thanks to its improved thermal design and updated package material. The Core i7-4790K is said to feature a TDP of 88W and feature the latest Intel HD 4600 graphics chip clocked at 1250 MHz. A price for this chip is suggested by pre-ordering sites at around $359.99.
The Core i5-4690K seems to be the fastest i5 series Intel CPU, with a stock speed of 3.5 GHz and boost of 3.9 GHz. It will feature 4 cores and 4 threads along with an unlocked design as the i7-4790K, having a similar TDP of 88W and HD 4600 graphics clocked at 1250 MHz. The price specified or this Haswell Refresh i5 is stated to be around $249.99.
The roadmap also seems to confirm the Haswell-E shipping date, planned for September 2014. The Haswell-E is dubbed the true HEDT platform targeted for enthusiasts and overclockers alike, featuring support for next generation 8 and 6 core SKUs based on Haswell’s 22nm architecture and also the first to support the latest DDR4 memory.
The last announcement on Intel’s roadmap features the Broadwell, which is stated to have a launch date set for late Q1 2015. Rumors also speculate of the lineup being pushed beyond the Q1 2015 date to Q2, while the Broadwell Mobility lineup is said to be coming somewhere in Q4 2014. The Broadwell lineup will be Intel’s first 14nm consumer chip heading for mobility platforms late this year and desktop platforms somewhere in the first two quarters of next year.
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