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.
Square Enix, Inc. have just revealed that they have joined forces with Nvidia in their latest promotion for their flagship online RPG, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The new deal will see a 30-day free trial of the subscription based MMORPG being bundled along side the new GeForce GTX 650 / 650 Ti /650 Ti Boost graphics cards from Nvidia. While not the most powerful card on the market it does still pack plenty of performance to muscle through the online worlds of the new Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
Of course it isn’t a big deal only getting a 30-day sub, but it still reflects a saving of around $15 on a months membership for the game and on a graphics card that costs anywhere between $130 – $150, any return on investment can only be a good thing.
Available for a limited time, these bundled graphics cards will allow players to upgrade their system to enjoy HD graphics in the latest Square Enix title, in what is rapidly becoming one of this generations greatest MMORPG’s. The limited GeForce GTX 650 / Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn bundles are available today for the GeForce GTX 650, 650 Ti, and 650 Ti Boost at North American retailers NCIX, Amazon, Newegg, and Tiger Direct.
Additional information on the bundles, and accessing A Realm Reborn, can be found here.