Intel’s 10 Core i7-6950X Cost may be Astronomical

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.

Qualcomm’s Deca Core Snapdragon 818 Chip Leaks

Recently MediaTek launched a premium Deca-Core SoC for premium lineup. It is made to compete Samsung’s Exynos and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon offerings. Helio X20 is the first 10 Core SoC with four ARM 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 cores for basic processing, four 2GHz ARM Cortex-A57 cores for middle to heavy usage cases, and two 2.5GHz ARM Cortex A72 for maximum performance and ARM Mali T880MP4 700mHz GPU.

Well, looks like Qualcomm does not want to lag behind the competition as details of its first deca-core processor have been leaked. The new SoC is named Snapdragon 818 which will work on its own Big.Medium.LITTLE Architecture. In spite of  Snapdragon 820 being in works, they have decided to go for SoC with a deca core design for time being as Snapdragon 820 with its custom Kryo cores will not be ready for mass production anytime soon.

Snapdragon 818 is sporting 4 sets of Cortex A53 @ 1.2 Ghz, 2 sets of Cortex A53 @ 1.6 Ghz and 4 sets of Cortex A72 @ 2.0 Ghz which is low powered than MediaTek’s MT6797 SoC. There is no official statement from the chip maker yet. We currently do not have any more information on release date and specification, but we will keep you up to date as soon as we do.

Thank you STJS Gadgets for providing us with this information.