Kitguru: Intel Says Skipping Broadwell CPUs for desktops was a mistake

In an interesting but small news article at Kitguru, Anton Shilov highlights Intel's statement on releasing Broadwell to investors.

At Citigroup's global technology conference Kirk Skaugen, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel's client computing group, explained why Intel did not build a 5th generation Core product for tower PCs. He said, "We made an experiment and we said maybe we are putting technology in to the market too fast, but let us not build a chip for the mainstream tower business, [which is] $10 billion business [for us]. Turns out that was a mistake."

There are only two desktop variants of Broadwell, the Core i7 5775C and the Core i5 5676C, and together they make Broadwell Intel's least popular architecture at HWBOT for a very long time. The lack of availability, overclocking headroom, and high cost make it an unappealing product for system builders and enthusiasts all around. The hope is of course that Intel's new Skylake will spark interest among enthusiasts again as with the unlocked base clock frequency and removing the fIVR, Intel has said to care about overclocking.

Do you feel Intel cares about overclocking? Let us know in the comments below what you want to see in an Intel enthusiast grade product.


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France Taloken says:

Give us unlocked i3/Pentium/Celeron :p

United Kingdom Jumper118 says:

intel doesn't cares about overclocking. they still dont use proper stuff under the lid of standard unlocked cpu's.

United Kingdom TheMadDutchDude says:

Intel only says that they care to be in a good light with the overclockers. We all know that they don't care, and we all know that in order to do it properly, you have to delid your £300 CPU to get better temps from it.

Belgium Massman says:

Intel's a massive corporation. There are people who really care about overclocking and its community, but it's possible they are not in the positions that determine the SKUs and marketing. The same goes for a lot of other companies in this industry ...

United Kingdom TheMadDutchDude says:

That's very true, PJ. I just wish that they'd put better paste on the CPUs, considering they dropped the stock coolers. Surely a blob of better TIM could be justified by dropping the cooler? It's all about maximising their profit margins, however big or small a difference it may make. That's how I see it anyway.

Belgium Massman says:

There are two ways to avoid having your customers kill an expensive $400 CPU by delid: - improve TIM - make a SKU without IHS In all honesty, we're all DIY people here. It's okay, Intel, we'll figure out what thermal paste we want ... ;)

United Kingdom borandi says:

"We made an experiment and we said maybe we are putting technology in to the market too fast, but let us not build a chip for the mainstream tower business, [which is] $10 billion business [for us]. Turns out that was a mistake"

What he's meaning here is that it should have been a full blown launch, not that it should've been scrapped.

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