Intel Broadwell-K Running Too Hot, Possible Cancellation!

According to the official roadmap, Intel will release Broadwell-K and Skylake-S mid-2015. Both are built on the 14nm process where the former is for overclockers and the latter for the mainstream users, and that is something a lot of our readers are looking forward to. However, new information points towards some bad news for all of us waiting for these – Broadwell-K is having overheating issues. The CPU was originally set to a 65W TDP, but it has been unable to reach that. Instead, it’s ranging about 88W instead and even up to 95W on some models.

It is said that the problem comes from Broadwell architecture itself, but is not categorized as a design flaw but rather a situation that was possibly expected. Considering the young age of the fabrication process, this isn’t all that unexpected and there’s even still a lot of optimisation that can be done on the current 22nm.

A 90-95W TDP isn’t really an issue in itself and something no overclocker would have any problem with, although there isn’t any doubt that everyone wants it as low as possible. The really bad news is the rumoured complete removal of the Broadwell-K series by Intel executives – at least initially. It might simply not be economically possible to bring it to the market at this point.

So, to summarize the above: Broadwell-K is running too hot for the 65W TDP and will most likely come with a 90W TDP, that is if it doesn’t get canceled altogether, as rumoured. A third third option would be a delay on the release date of the K models. However, that could collide with the 140W TDP Broadwell-E scheduled for Q1 2016. I am sure we’ll find out a lot more very soon because those release dates are moving closer each and every day.

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Broadwell Based Intel CPUs To Feature Iris Pro Graphics

Intel is rumored to release the first desktop “Broadwell” microprocessors closer to the end of next year. Codenamed Broadwell-K, the CPUs will feature a 1150 socket platform.

The CPUs will also have unlocked clock multiplier and the most interesting feature of new products will be Iris Pro (GT3) graphics with integrated 128 MB eDRAM memory, which will add an 80% graphical performance increase compared to the Core i7-4770K.

The latest Haswell CPUs currently available at retail have lower-performance Iris graphics hardware and CPUs with Iris Pro graphics are only available to manufacturers in quantities of over 1,000 units. Broadwell-K processors will have 4 CPU cores and support Turbo Boost technology and will arrive in two versions, a Core i5 and a Core i7. The Core i7 parts will come with 6 MB L3 cache, and will have Hyper-Threading enabled, while the Core i5 microprocessors will have 4 MB of level 3 cache with no Hyper-Threading.

The CPUs will also require a new 9-series chipset motherboard to support the 1150 socket. This is where Intel announced two new motherboards as well, the Z97 and H97 which will be released at the same time as the new Broadwell-K.

Pricing for both the CPU and motherboards has not been revealed just yet, but we hope to get more insight later on next year.

Thank you CPU World for providing us with this information