Broadwell-E i7-6950X CPU To Cost $1,500

Those of you who are eagerly looking forward to getting your hands on the new Broadwell-E processors from Intel can now digest the sobering thought that the new top-dog, the Core i7-6950X, is rumored to cost a substantial $1,500 USD. This is according to an article published by German tech bloggers at CompterBase.de

The eagerly anticipated Broadwell-E processor architecture will succeed the current 22nm Haswell-E architecture chips on the Intel high-end desktop (HEDT) segment. They will join the same X99 “Wellsburg” platform and feature up to 40 PCI-e lanes as well as an integrated memory controller which will allow overclockers to use a base clock of 2,133Mhz or 2,400Mhz.

The Core i7-6950X certainly looks like a tasty bit of kit boasting no less than 10 cores and 20 threads. However, Intel has apparently deemed that its new flagship x86 processor will deviate from recent HEDT flagship pricing of $999 USD, and ask for a something closer to $1,500 USD, a price tag we haven’t seen since the days of the Core 2 Quad QX9775.

Check out the full story on ComputerBase.de.


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United States xxbassplayerxx says:

This is a pretty old article. Has anyone heard updates to this?

Poland Xtreme Addict says:

Nope, and I still think it will be around 1000$. Let's say from marketing point of view 1000$ is the highest amount of $ that normal consumer is willing to pay for premium quality/efficiency product. If Intel raises it up to 1500$, sales and popularity will drop a lot, maybe even it will give some strong black PR. Sales will drop a lot considering cheap "8 core Broadwell-E" will cost around 500-600 USD? Intel doesn't have a problem with high price products - for corporations/professional business. Middle range Xeon's cost way more than Extreme Edition ;) But for normal users 1000 USD is maximal price. In fact if rumours are "true" and price 1500 USD will be confirmed - HWBOT should ban i7-6950X from submissions at all, and OCers should focus on cheaper Broadwell-E cpus. Yes I am serious :) and I know no one cares :)

K404 says:

If a desktop $1500 CPU is banned, then 2P/4P/etc Xeon systems should be as well.

(not seriously suggesting that, my point is that "the line" has already been COMPLETELY crossed and $1500 is not the most expensive component on HWB leaderboards....)

Hungary Achill3uS says:

any info about the estimated release date?

Poland Xtreme Addict says:

K404 said: If a desktop $1500 CPU is banned, then 2P/4P/etc Xeon systems should be as well.

(not seriously suggesting that, my point is that "the line" has already been COMPLETELY crossed and $1500 is not the most expensive component on HWB leaderboards....)


Yeah I was thinking about those server platforms some time ago I would ban them too, but those are only needed for 1-3 benchies , so no one cares that much.

Germany der8auer says:

Achill3uS said: any info about the estimated release date?


Rumors say around Computex.

I wouldnt be surprised if it costs 1500 USD. Considering the fact that the 5960X is about 1100 € (1200 USD) I also wouldn't mind 1500 USD for a nice 10-Core CPU.

I don't think a ban is a good idea. 1500 USD would result in a low amount of submissions which equals low points for the 10 core category. The system will regulate itself :)

Hungary Achill3uS says:

thanks for the info. im afraid in europe that 1500 USD will be 1500 EUR in retailers like it used to be. but i still see quite a lot enthusiasm in the community when its about breaking records with new release, maybe that can make ppl forget about points or pricetag :D

Poland Xtreme Addict says:

der8auer said: Rumors say around Computex.

I wouldnt be surprised if it costs 1500 USD. Considering the fact that the 5960X is about 1100 € (1200 USD) I also wouldn't mind 1500 USD for a nice 10-Core CPU.

I don't think a ban is a good idea. 1500 USD would result in a low amount of submissions which equals low points for the 10 core category. The system will regulate itself :)


Well Roman currently you don't spend private $ on cpus (or you have a big discount) so you might not care ;) Don't count EU prices, we have beautiful taxes ;) 5960X in USA cost around 1000 USD - 1050 USD. From what I remember it was even cheaper some time ago. We are talking about 1500 USD in USA, in fact "for the biggest distributors when you buy 1000+ pieces+" as it's always written in hw news. But strangely the price for the biggest distribution is same or even a bit higher than normally on Newegg in retail ;) So 1500 USD in USA, would mean around 1850 USD in Poland, similar price in Germany. So around 1000 more USD for extra 2 cores? (considering lower models which cost 500-600 USD are 8 cores according to news) in my opinion deserves to be banned :D Especially that now there is normal pricing between 6 core and 8 core Haswell-E. I would seriously ban expensive hardware. We are overclocking mostly desktops, not server hw. 1000+ USD per piece is not a desktop hw anymore in my opinion. 6950X will break WRs for sure, mostly in all 3D and multi threaded 2D. If it's going to cost much more than 1000 USD on Newegg I would kill the fun of vendors with WR claiming for too much expensive hardware. It's like with the government, when once society will agree for higher taxes, than sooner or later instead of lower taxes, the government will raise them again ;)

Yes I know that HWBOT won't do it and I know that no one cares. I am just posting my opinion.

In fact QX9775 you shouldn't count as "desktop" cpu, it was server unlocked CPU for special expensive motherboard with FB DIMM memory. It was a server platform and everyone knew it.

United States Strong Island says:

I would never think it should be banned from cpu benching but if it really is $1500 we really should ban it from gpu globals. I mean this is crazy, just to be able to start to push your gpu and be competitive with globals you need a $1500 cpu. It's just crazy and is going to make gpu benching even less popular. Even $1000 is too much, and almost every time I bench that rig I don't even feel that great about it. We shouldn't have to buy $1000 cpu's to bench 3d and now maybe $1500. It takes a lot of the fun out of it.

I guess it's unfair to say not banned from 2d benching because I'm sure there are a lot of 2d benchers that would be unhappy also.

We really need to steer away from a place where the top global rankings are dominated by $1500 pieces of hardware, it's going to make it feel unreachable for a lot of people, I guess it already does with the 5960x, especially in the extreme league

This will probably sound so dumb but there should be like a limit for any single piece of hardware, especially one that could dominate a lot of globals.

I mean a 10 core cpu will be necessary for 3dmark vantage, 11, fs and fse, that's a big chunk of our "newer" 3d benches.

Poland Xtreme Addict says:

Well in fact, we can include into database superexpensive hw when it's old and new generation is out :)

K404 says:

Don't forget, there might be a new Titan out before too long as well :p

Not so many ppl were complaining about those... and they "need" hacked up!



I am generically against anything that makes benching more expensive..... at least there is some fun to be had from i3 at the moment :)

Sweden Rauf says:

K404 said: Don't forget, there might be a new Titan out before too long as well :p

Not so many ppl were complaining about those... and they "need" hacked up!



I am generically against anything that makes benching more expensive..... at least there is some fun to be had from i3 at the moment :)


Except i3's are very hard to bin. And impopular amongst the regular gamers so hard to sell on later. Therefore more expensive to bin than 6700K :D

Poland Xtreme Addict says:

I agree with Titans, though it's a bit different too - sooner or later (+/- 3 months) there are custom PCB cards which overall are as fast/faster. Also there is a AMD and in GPUs they are fighting pretty well against NVIDIA, there is always hope. And also ocers or vendors/distributors don't bin that many VGAs as CPUs. Another thing is that Epowering a card takes some knowledge/courage. It's not as easy overall, more things are involved in GPUs. Golden CPU and prizes of proper bins are totally different worlds. Top 6700K bin by Caseking cost around 3-4 times the cost of brand new CPU. Let's say 6950X will cost 1500 USD on newegg and let's say Caseking will bin them (cause with such expensive CPUs I don't see people binning them by themselves). What prices for CPUs are we talking about? 3K-5K euro per piece? I say ban expensive hw altogether, even Titans ^^

K404 says:

Xtreme Addict said: sooner or later (+/- 3 months) there are custom PCB cards which overall are as fast/faster.


Well... not for Titan and most of us have the problem that we must have the scores NOW. Most of us are guilty, even me :p Titan would be useless if people were willing to wait for the "equivalent" Ti and the Lightning/Matrix/whatever PCB.... but there is always something to wait for.

No matter how much "X" costs, one day it will be 99p on Ebay + shipping :D

As for i3 binning.... I have bought 0, so I cannot comment. Maybe I don't know enough ppl, but I found it hard to move I7 binning rejects without 20% loss per chip just because it had been used.

Poland Xtreme Addict says:

K404 said: Well... not for Titan and most of us have the problem that we must have the scores NOW. Most of us are guilty, even me :p Titan would be useless if people were willing to wait for the "equivalent" Ti and the Lightning/Matrix/whatever PCB.... but there is always something to wait for.

No matter how much "X" costs, one day it will be 99p on Ebay + shipping :D

As for i3 binning.... I have bought 0, so I cannot comment. Maybe I don't know enough ppl, but I found it hard to move I7 binning rejects without 20% loss per chip just because it had been used.


I skipped Titan X (didn't even played it on stock cooler, I mean I had 4-way of Titan X on stock coolers, but didn't even post result on HWBOT, cause I don't care about such things, even though it gave not that low amount of points in fact) and waited for 980 TI and I have to say I am a happy man cause I didn't loose $ ^^

Belgium Massman says:

Xtreme Addict said: HWBOT should ban i7-6950X from submissions at all, and OCers should focus on cheaper Broadwell-E cpus. Yes I am serious :) and I know no one cares :)


Well ... a cheap Broadwell-E for you might be an expensive X99 for someone else.

It's cheap to compete in some categories. Like for example the "XTU Core i3" everyone loves so much :p

United States Strong Island says:

well ya titan is expensive also but it is still just at $1000. and now a matrix at microcenter is under $700 so for gpu's we are still in a decent range. if a $1500 1080 ti was about to be released I would say the same thing

Poland Xtreme Addict says:

I am just stating my opinion :) HW now is ridiculously expensive, but for years we got some limits in terms of desktops. For premium Desktop CPU ~ 1000 USD, for Desktop GPU ~ 1000 USD (Titan-Z was 3K USD, but well, no one cared about it and it was a dual card, not LN2 compatible ^^, and still you can't join more than 4 GPUs, so 4x Titan Blacks/780 TI back in times were faster and cheaper). Especially top CPUs cost 1000 USD from the era Pentium 4 EE / Athlon FX. Bumping price to level of 150% is just a game changer for us :)

And sure I would love the fact that top HW is cheap and so on, but it's not and won't be, but we can restrict the rules. Of course no one cares and later when the launch of it is on, it will show more negative opinions about it and numbers of submissions wont' be too big.

I still think and hope it will cost ~ 1000 USD :) Though it might be not a bad idea to take some precautions just in case ^^

United Kingdom Doug2507 says:

Massman said:
It's cheap to compete in some categories. Like for example the "XTU Core i3" everyone loves so much :p



100 quid for one bench aint cheap! Want to run i3 on other benches/cold....need to bin lots. Even then you can't compete with these 6100 ES chips.

Australia zeropluszero says:

I've personally learnt to block my interest in things I cant afford. So far that's working well for me.

United States Gunslinger says:

Bernie Sanders says binning CPU's should be free for everyone, he's going to implement a tax on all hybrid car owners to pay for it. All you need is an HWBot account and you're good to go.

Australia zeropluszero says:

Who is Bernie Sanders?

websmile says:

Americas next president, Mike will vote him :)

Philippines dhenzjhen says:

Giga champ x99 BW-E bios out yet? LOL :D

Australia zeropluszero says:

websmile said: Americas next president, Mike will vote him :)

Sorry, got bored at the first word there.

FlanK3r says:

I believe, the price could be realistic. Its enxt jump up to more 4 threads and second model 6930K will be 8c/16T. So I think, price could eb more than 1000 dollars (in Europe Euro :D)
I think, maybe at Computex CPUs will be on the LN2 stages :)

United States Strong Island says:

I was thinking last night about cost when I first started. 2 years ago you were able to compete in the gpu rankings with a 3930k/4930k for around $500 because they were so close to the x versions. Now if this cpu could really be $1500 that is a massive increase in start up costs for a global gpu setup. Even $1000 is already double. It will just keep killing gpu benching more and more.

I feel like it's a bigger issue with gpu than cpu. Because at least you could still get globals in 2, 4, 6, 8 with cpu. With gpu benching it's different

Australia zeropluszero says:

flanker said: I believe, the price could be realistic. Its enxt jump up to more 4 threads and second model 6930K will be 8c/16T. So I think, price could eb more than 1000 dollars (in Europe Euro :D)
I think, maybe at Computex CPUs will be on the LN2 stages :)

Why would intel give us what we want? we wanted 8c cpus years ago
we wanted cheap i3s
we wanted fully unlocked chips
I dont see why they'd do another price fuck up like they did with 6700K/5820K

The simple solution is to stop giving a bunnyextraction about multicard.

United States techjesse says:

I, for one, enjoy 40 PCI-e lanes since Intel integrated the PCI-Express controller into the the CPU die itself, my GPU's show less if any restricted bandwidth (bottleneck) while running Benches and gaming on my 5960X. The Core i7-6950X (10C/20T) will be an amazing CPU to run with Ln2 and multiple GPU's. Cost? speculation as of now, if it's $999.99 I'll have one, if it's $1500.00 I'll have one :) Yeah, lets rock that bad boy with Ln2 and set moar WR's for the world to see what it means to be an Extreme Computer Enthusiast, being ever so passionate about overclocking, benching and gaming. TJ :)

United States rtsurfer says:

Part of this debate could have been avoided if the GPU benches weren't so heavily CPU dependent. But we have enabled points on FM GPU benches where you need the biggest baddest CPU to compete & then worry the CPU is getting too expensive. :rolleyes:

On the other hand, FireStrike Ultra, which is a proper GPU bench, doesn't have points.

The issue with multi-threaded CPU benches still stands, but that's why I said part of the problem.

Edit:- Please, I don't have an personal agenda of getting points enable of any particular bench, like FS Ultra. Any benchs where the GPU is dominant part for the final score would be more ideal than what we currently have.

Australia zeropluszero says:

If $1500 isnt much of a problem to you, want to sponsor a hungry overclocker?

United States Lays says:

I feel the only way the 6950x will be $1500, is if the 8 core below it is still $1000. It wouldn't make any sense whatsoever to have a "5930k" type of CPU in the $600 bracket with 8 cores, to have a 10 core for $1500.

South Africa Vivi says:

Lays said: I feel the only way the 6950x will be $1500, is if the 8 core below it is still $1000.
It wouldn't make any sense whatsoever to have a "5930k" type of CPU in the $600 bracket with 8 cores, to have a 10 core for $1500.


this is exactly why it is worrying that the cpu may be 1500$. That means the 6930k type cpu will be priced compared to 5960x. which basically means screw upgrading for any home users.

FlanK3r says:

There are two options: 1) I can hope for Intel support me (but not much likely for this monster CPU) 2)sell some part of my hardware (grudgingly) and after to buy i7-6950X

K404 says:

flanker said: There are two options:
1) I can hope for Intel support me (but not much likely for this monster CPU)
2)sell some part of my hardware (grudgingly) and after to buy i7-6950X


3) Not care. This is why Intel and nVidia charge so much in the first place.... because people get it into their heads that they must have it, regardless of the cost!

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