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Intel’s Deca-Core flagship CPU outed by ASRock

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PC hardware manufacturer ASRock has outed the upcoming flagship CPU for Intel’s Broadwell-E range as the Core i7-6950X. The rest of the “Broadwell-E gang” was also mentioned, revealing Intel’s full range of top-end CPUs expected to release this year. 

(Please keep in mind that Intel has not officially revealed unveiled the new CPUs and that the information in this article come from multiple leaks.)

The first consumer Deca-Core CPU

ASRocks’s press release about a BIOS update for their X99 motherboards also unveiled Intel’s Core i7-6950X as the new flagship CPU. It is the first Deca-Core (10-Core) CPU for the commercial market. The press release states:

 “The most unmissable part of Intel Broadwell-E is the flagship Core i7-6950X, which will be the first deca-core processor for the commercial market. While this new CPU boasts a compelling ten cores and twenty threads architecture, users require a BIOS update for their motherboards to handle it, this update applies to the rest of the Broadwell-E gang, including i7-6900K, i7-6850K and i7-6800K as well. Rest assured that ASRock’s former X99 chipset motherboards will all support the new chips. Upgrade now and hold on to your horses until the new CPUs are delivered, just don’t hold your breath.” – Source

The CPU's specifications have already been leaked as well. An early leak by Benchlife.info and then again recently by Intel themselves as they accidentally added (and since removed) the new Broadwell-E CPUs to their Management Engine Software page (according to KitGuru, Digital Trends and a plethora of other tech sites) for the i7-6950X are as follows:

  • Process Node - 14nm
  • Socket - LGA 2011-3
  • Cores – 10
  • Threads – 20
  • Core Clock - 3.0 GHz
  • Boost Clock - 3.5 GHz
  • Unlocked Multiplier - Yes
  • L3 Cache - 25 MB
  • TDP - 140W
  • Memory Support – DDR4-2133MHz / DDR4-2400 MHz      

Since websites started reporting the news, it seems like ASRock realized their mistake. The wording on the official press release now reads “and the rest of the Broadwell-E gang as well” instead of naming the i7-6900K, i7-6850K and i7-6800K.

The rest of the gang - Compatibility and specifications

The Broadwell-E will use the same Intel LGA 2011-v3 socket as the older Haswell-E models, so if you have a motherboard with a LGA 2011-v3 socket, you can insert the new Broadwell-E chip without any issues. ASRock explains:  

“Rest assured that ASRock’s former X99 chipset motherboards will all support the new chips. Upgrade now and hold on to your horses until the new CPUs are delivered, just don’t hold your breath.” - Source

Further, all the Broadwell-E CPU’s come with a fully unlocked multiplier (that’s what the “K” stands for), which basically means the chips are perfect for enthusiasts who want to overclock their CPUs. Below, check out all the reported specifications for the rest of the Broadwell-E range.   

i7-6900K specifications:

  • Process Node - 14nm
  • Socket - LGA 2011-3
  • Cores – 8
  • Threads – 16
  • Core Clock - 3.2 GHz
  • Boost Clock - 3.7 GHz
  • Unlocked Multiplier - Yes
  • L3 Cache - 20 MB
  • TDP - 140W
  • Memory Support – DDR4-2133MHz / DDR4-2400 MHz    

i7-6850K specifications:

  • Process Node - 14nm
  • Socket - LGA 2011-3
  • Cores – 6
  • Threads – 12
  • Core Clock - 3.6 GHz
  • Boost Clock - 3.8 GHz
  • Unlocked Multiplier - Yes
  • L3 Cache - 15 MB
  • TDP - 140W
  • Memory Support – DDR4-2133MHz / DDR4-2400 MHz

i7-6800K specifications:

  • Process Node - 14nm
  • Socket - LGA 2011-3
  • Cores – 6 Threads – 12
  • Core Clock - 3.2 GHz
  • Boost Clock - 3.6 GHz
  • Unlocked Multiplier - Yes
  • L3 Cache - 15 MB
  • TDP - 140W
  • Memory Support – DDR4-2133MHz / DDR4-2400 MHz

There is no specific release date for the new Broadwell-E CPUs just yet. However, the new CPUs are said to be revealed at this year’s Computex, which will take place from 31 May to 4 June 2016 in Taipei.  

Prices for all the new CPU’s are still unconfirmed by Intel. However, a previous leak and multiple reports suggest that the i7-6950X will launch at $1500, while the i7-6900K sits at $1000 and the i7-6850K and i7-6800K at $550 and $400 respectively. Further, “K” versions of a CPU have historically come without a cooler, so those who plan on purchasing one will very likely have to factor in an extra bit of money for a CPU cooler.  

What do you think about Intel’s new extreme CPUs? Have you ever owned an enthusiast level chip and are they worth it for gaming? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Sources: ASRock, WTFtech, Tom's Hardware, Digital Trends, Benchlife
Main Image Credit: Exceptionbound

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