Upcoming Broadwell-E Core i7 6950X May Cost Up To USD $1,500

Several news outlets, including Techfrag.com, report that the upcoming 10-core Core i7 6950X Broadwell-E may cost up to USD $1,500. That is quite a price hike compared to the regular price of USD $999 for the top of the line SKU in the HEDT product segment.

It wouldn't be the first time that Intel charges that amount for it's most premium chip. Way back in 2008, the Core 2 Quad QX9775 processor launched at the same price tag. The processor could be used in combination with Intel's Skulltrail platform. Skulltrail was a powerful enthusiast gaming platforms, but by many judged to be ahead of its time.

The hefty price tag will be a hard pill to swallow, but it will give you one heck of a processor.


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South Africa Vivi says:

way too expensive, i think its nice that intel advance technology and release this awesome chip, but the economy is really bad right now, 1500$ is un affordable. damit!

United States xxbassplayerxx says:

:(

United States Gunslinger says:

I think they'll stick with the current price structure of $999 for the top end CPU, they have stuck with it every time so far when they've added cores, why should this time be any different?

2 to 4, 4 to 6, 6 to 8 all maintained the same price structure.

Poland Xtreme Addict says:

Each EE generation I hear that price will go up to 1500 USD, from what I remember same rumours were with 5960X? :) I think same as Mike, that current price will stay, especially that all other chips will be 8 cores, so what 8 core will cost 500-700 usd and 10 core 1500? :) I don't think so. 1500 USD is range of higher server models

K404 says:

Looking forward to seeing how mobo makers implement PWM to deal with the power consumption once OC'd :D

United States xxbassplayerxx says:

K404 said: Looking forward to seeing how mobo makers implement PWM to deal with the power consumption once OC'd :D


Maybe we will see more Impact-style daughter boards :eek:

K404 says:

Daughterboard PWM is WAY older :D

United States xxbassplayerxx says:

But the impact's implementation is beautiful! Imagine stacked PWM... 16 phases there and 8 on the board :eek: That's like UD9 phase levels lol

K404 says:

THAT.... I cannot argue with, it is beautiful :D Ah.... UD9. Those were the days. When we mocked £400 boards for being ridiculous :/

United States xxbassplayerxx says:

Those were the days :o

South Africa Vivi says:

yes funny how this cpu will "fit" in current x99 mobo's, at 6ghz i think it will blow most :D

United States Gunslinger says:

Vivi said: yes funny how this cpu will "fit" in current x99 mobo's, at 6ghz i think it will blow most :D
You think we'll see 6G's? I'm skeptical. :p

K404 says:

Vivi said: yes funny how this cpu will "fit" in current x99 mobo's, at 6ghz i think it will blow most :D



Almost ironic that there are such big PR claims made about (possible) mobo power delivery, but few of us expect them to actually work when a CPU comes out that could head towards the PR numbers....


If a GTX580 Lightning can bench 1600, a mobo should be able to handle a similar load....

says:

expensive price :/

Belgium Massman says:

Vivi said: yes funny how this cpu will "fit" in current x99 mobo's, at 6ghz i think it will blow most :D


For MB vendors this is an identical opportunity when 980X replaced i7 975.


United States Random says:

i still think 400$+ boards are ridiculous... asrock is great... but as XA said 5960x was supposedly going to be 1500 as welll. I can kind of see it though, since they are introducing another tier. but the economy just took a dive so like vivi said.. if it is 1500 no one is going to be getting any

K404 says:

The usual people will submit results like nothing is different ;) Back to boards... If a vendor can release X99 with only two RAM slots, then someone can put all slots on one side of the CPU and expand the PWM & cooling. It's only a bit of RAM latency. No-one will be using this for SuperPi :p

United States Random says:

still though I imagine there won't be as much binning going on.

it's a minimum of 4 for x series though. I have wondered why they havent tried anything like that though, mimic a z170 layout or something. I mean I have a fatality matx x99 and it seems like aiming for top cpu wouldnt be the thing to do with it

K404 says:

Then just have a group of 4 slots as normal on a top-end board.... but skip the other 4 :D

I suggested it to ECS in the early days of X79. Nothing happened.

Belgium leeghoofd says:

You two are getting old :p

K404 says:

xxbassplayerxx said: X99 with two slots:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157588

;)


See my post above, that board is what started this :D

United States Random says:

if only it had a daughterboard like the impacts.. that would have been the most amazing board ever for whatever reason no one used that for mem oc though. we went to the x99m fatality 3.1 I really wanted to give it a go personally but didnt have the funds free...

United States xxbassplayerxx says:

K404 said: See my post above, that board is what started this :D


Perhaps I'm just misunderstanding random's post. I thought he was saying that the X chipsets must have at least four slots, so I was providing evidence that there is it least one board that only has two, and would work as you had suggested.

K404 says:

Oh! Sorry, I thought you were replying to me :) Ignore my post :D

Belgium Massman says:

We all remember these boards, don't we?

United States rtsurfer says:

Random said: if only it had a daughterboard like the impacts.. that would have been the most amazing board ever

for whatever reason no one used that for mem oc though. we went to the x99m fatality 3.1

I really wanted to give it a go personally but didnt have the funds free...


X99 being a Quad Channel platform, you need 4 mems slots occupied. Or efficiency would drop.

United States Random says:

rtsurfer said: X99 being a Quad Channel platform, you need 4 mems slots occupied. Or efficiency would drop.
makes sense..

which is more or less what I was saying for needing 4 slots. in the other post. foor other board

in any case a daughterboard like the impact's on a x99m OC formula would have been amazing... maybe for broadwell-k?

ok I see so with massmans post.. basically once they killed triple/hex channel they killed x-board layout like that.. (before my time my first intel and oc was with a x79 3930k)

United States rtsurfer says:

Random said: makes sense.. which is more or less what I was saying for needing 4 slots. in the other post. foor other board in any case a daughterboard like the impact's on a x99m OC formula would have been amazing... maybe for broadwell-k? ok I see so with massmans post.. basically once they killed triple/hex channel they killed x-board layout like that.. (before my time my first intel and oc was with a x79 3930k)
The problem with daughter boards is that they are Awkward to insulate, atleast for me. Currently facing this on VIII Impact.

United States Random says:

lol yeah I know what you are talking about. I am sorta facing that issue as well but I am not in a rush...I imagine some sparks might fly or something might die if you short one of those (14 gauge?) prongs.

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