ASRock, a leading Taiwanese computer hardware manufacturer has revealed the latest Intel Broadwell-E processor lineup. They are now known to support existing the X99 chipset on an LGA 2011 v3 socket and come in configurations of up to 10 hyper-threaded cores. ASRock recommend a BIOS upgrade now for existing owners of an X99 board wishing to upgrade.
News and rumours about the Broadwell-E lineup has been in the pipeworks for some months now, with the 10-core Intel Core i7-6950X confirmed by Intel themselves last week. The new processors will feature up to 4.7 billion transistors on a 306mm2 die depending on the processor. The lowest configuration of Intel’s new lineup is the Core i7-6800K, which will feature 6 hyper-threaded cores running at a 3.40GHz base clock and 15MB L3 Cache. The lineup is speculated to cost around $400(US) with the flagship CPU priced at above $1500. They will all feature the same 140W TDP.
Intel Broadwell-E Family
|Processor Name||Core i7-6950X||Core i7-6900K||Core i7-6850K||Core i7-6800K|
|Base Clock||3.00 GHz||3.20GHz||3.60GHz||3.40GHz|
|Turbo Clock||3.50 GHz||3.70GHz||3.80GHz||3.60GHz|
|Launch Price (estimate)||$1500 USD||$999 USD||$550 USD||$390 USD|
|Socket||LGA 2011-3||LGA 2011-3||LGA 2011-3||LGA 2011-3|
Intel accidentally revealed their flagship Core i7-6950X last week when they added it to the support list of their Management Engine software.
It is not yet confirmed when these chips will hit the market, but we speculate we’ll see some of these CPUs in time for Q3 2016.
Sources:  http://www.asrock.com.tw/news/index.asp?id=3286