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.
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.
|Model||Core i7-6800K *||Core i7-6850K *||Core i7-6900K *||Core i7-6950X *|
|Cores / Threads||6/12||6/12||8/16||10/20|
|Timing / turbo||3.4 / 3.6 GHz||3.6 / 3.8 GHz||3.3 / 3.7 GHz||3.0 / 3.5 GHz|
|L2||6x 256 KB||6x 256 KB||8x 256 KB||10x 256 KB|
|L3 memory||15 MB||15 MB||20 MB||25 MB|
|Memory controller||DDR4-2400 (4K)||DDR4-2400 (4K)||DDR4-2400 (4K)||DDR4-2400 (4K)|
|Lines PCIe 3.0||28||40||40||40|
|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.