Intel Confirms 10-core Broadwell-E Core i7-6950X Processor, Runs at 3 GHz Base Clock
Over the weekend, Intel confirmed their flagship Broadwell-E processor, the Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition, in the latest compatibility list of their Management Engine (ME) software, on the company’s support site.
The Intel Core i7-6950X Processor Extreme Edition is based on the 14nm Broadwell-E silicon, and built in the LGA2011v3 package, compatible with existing Intel X99 Express chipset motherboards, with BIOS updates.
The processor will be the first Intel client CPU that comes with 10 cores and 20 threads. The increase in core count however, is expected to raise the flagship price, once capped at around EUR999, by a significant amount.
The i7-6950X key specifications leaked in the change-log include:
- The processor runs at a base clock of 3.00 GHz and a 3.50 GHz boost clock;
- It rocks 25 MB of L3 cache (2.5 MB per core).
The ‘X’ suffix indicates that the processor will have an unlocked package to allow overclocking support to enthusiasts. Further, the i7-6950X will support DDR4-2400 RAM and feature a TDP of 140W. The full specifications include:
Intel Core i7-6950X Processor Extreme Edition Specs:
- Process Node: 14nm
- Cores/Threads: 10/20
- Core Clock: 3.00 GHz
- Boost Clock: 3.50 GHz
- L3 Cache: 25 MB L3 Cache
- Unlocked Multiplier (BCLK OC): Yes, Full Range OC
- Chipset: X99
- Socket: LGA 2011-3
- Memory Support: DDR4-2400 MHz
- TDP: 140W
- Launch Price (Speculated): ~$1500 US
Intel could launch the Core i7-6950X Processor Extreme Edition with other members of the family at Computex 2016 event next month.