Intel is preparing to launch Broadwell-E processors, which in fact are no longer mystery for us as we know their specification, performance, and price also. So it’s time to sum up the unofficial information.


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The new series includes four models: Core i7-6800K and 6850K both are equipped with 6-core / 12-threads. Core i7-6900K with 8-core / 16-threads and Core i7-6950X with 10-core / 20-threads (this will be the first 10-core processor for desktops). It should also be noted that the Core i7-6800K has 28 lines PCI-Express 3.0, while the other three have their 40’s, so using an appropriate motherboard will allow the configurations of four graphics cards. Take a look anyway to compare specifications.

ModelCore i7-6800K *Core i7-6850K *Core i7-6900K *Core i7-6950X *
Cores / Threads6/126/128/1610/20
Timing / turbo3.4 / 3.6 GHz3.6 / 3.8 GHz3.3 / 3.7 GHz3.0 / 3.5 GHz
L26x 256 KB6x 256 KB8x 256 KB10x 256 KB
L3 memory15 MB15 MB20 MB25 MB
Memory controllerDDR4-2400 (4K)DDR4-2400 (4K)DDR4-2400 (4K)DDR4-2400 (4K)
Lines PCIe 3.028404040
Price$ 412$ 587$ 999$ 1,569
* Unofficial Specification 

Intel Broadwell-E models are based on the Haswell microarchitecture, but manufactured on the lower 14-nanometer process node – therefore we can expect higher performance and lower power consumption in relation to its predecessors of the Haswell-E generation.

It is true that Broadwell-E processors will be compatible with existing motherboards with socket LGA 2011-3 and Intel X99 chipset, but virtually all the major motherboard manufacturers have prepared or are preparing completely new designs.

On the web there are a lot of leaks about the prices of new processors, but recent information is not too optimistic – Core i7-6800K and 6850K are likely to be a little more expensive than its predecessors, Core i7-6900K snaps in place of the current flagship, the Core i7-6950X will raise the pricing bar and will cost the trifling $ 1,569.