Intel's Broadwell-E specs revealed

Written by Antony Leather

November 17, 2015 // 9:54 a.m.

Tags: #broadwell-e #intel #lga2011-v3 #x99 #x99-upgrade

Next year looks set to see up to four new 14nm CPUs land on LGA2011-v3 with up to 10 cores and 20 threads coming to the desktop.

Wccftech.com has revealed slides and more details of Intel's 2016 plans, which appear to show a fourth CPU model entering the fray compared to the trio of Haswell-E processors that landed in 2014.

Intel's Haswell-E has done pretty well for itself and can even be considered a rival for its Skylake CPUs given the latter cost close to the same price as the cheapest LGA2011-V3 CPU - the Core i7-5820K.

The new range of CPUs includes the hexa-core Core i7-6800K and Core i7-6850K, which boost to 3.6GHz and 3.8GHz respectively and both have 15MB L3 cache, while the octa-core Core i7-6900K has a boost clock of 3.7GHz and 20MB of L3 cache. The top end CPU which could be the replacement of the current Core i7-5960X is the Core i7-6950X, offers ten cores and 20 threads along with 25MB L3 cache but a slightly lower clock speed with a boost of 3.5GHz.

Intel's Broadwell-E specs revealed
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Of course, as with their Haswell-E counterparts, the CPUs will likely sport differing PCI-E lane configurations, maybe even between the two low-end parts as well, which are nearly identical in specification, but sport a $50 price difference.

Choosing a Haswell-E CPU was a strategic decision as a result, with multi-GPU systems benefitting from the extra PCI-E lanes offered by the two most expensive CPUs, while the cheapest is a viable option over Intel's new Core i7-6770K in terms of price, given both require new DDR4 memory and X99 motherboards can be had for similar prices to their Z170 counterparts.

According to the leaks, prices for the new CPUs stand at $999 US, $550, $440 US and $390 for the Core i7-6950X, Core i7-6900K, Core i7-6850K and Core i7-6800K respectively.

It's also likely that all current X99 motherboards will support Broadwell-E, just as Z97 motherboards supported the LGA1150 version of Broadwell, albeit with a BIOS update.

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