Intel Broadwell-E Processor Scheduled to Launch Before June
Intel’s next-gen high-end desktop (HEDT) processors known as Broadwell-E are scheduled to launch during the second quarter of this year. While rumors surrounding the release of Broadwell-E have been making rounds for a while, today’s report appears to be a bit more concrete as it comes directly from the patch notes of a recent Gigabyte X99 motherboard BIOS update.
Originally spotted by KitGuru, Gigabyte released a batch of BIOS updates for the X99 SOC Force motherboard earlier this month. In the update F20, the manufacturer has listed support for a “2016 CPU coming Q2,” which is likely to be Broadwell-E.
Based on Intel’s 14nm process, the Broadwell-E family will succeed the 22nm Haswell based chips in the high-end desktop (HEDT) market. The lineup consists of four SKUs including the Core i7-6800K, the Core i7-6850K, the Core i7-6900K, and the Core i7-6950K.
All the upcoming processors will utilize the same X99 “Wellsburg” platform and feature up to 40 PCI-e lanes. The lineup has an integrated memory controller which will allow enthusiasts to configure the base clock to 2133 Mhz or 2400 Mhz, as opposed to usual dynamically overclocking it.
Additionally, all four SKUs in the Broadwell-E series feature 140W TDP, unlocked base-clock multipliers, and will be compatible with existing socket LGA 2011-3 motherboards. DDR4 memory up to 2400 Mhz will be supported, with the IMC configurable down to 2133 Mhz.
As for the pricing, the flagship Core i7-6950X processor featuring 10 cores and 20 threads is rumored to carry a hefty price tag of around $1500 US.