Broadwell-E Core i7-6950X Processor Info leaked - 10 Cores at 3.5GHz with 25MB Cache

The high-end desktop, or HEDT Extreme Edition processors from Intel are seemingly edging closer and closer. For example MSI announced support for the forthcoming Broadwell-E series of processors just a few days ago with updated BIOSes that that categorically state Broadwell-E support. We’ve seen news regarding details of what appears to be the new HEDT to SKU, the Core i7-6950X, which briefly popped up on an Intel customer support page.

So what have we learned about the i7 6950X? We know it will be clocked at 3.5GHz and have a nice substantial 25MB of cache (25% more than the current top dog the i7-5960X). While it has yet to be confirmed by Intel, there are substantial rumors that are gaining momentum regarding core count.

According to wccttech.com the i7 6950X will have a total of 10 cores. With hyperthreading enabled that results in a total of twenty threads. The retail price for the first HEDT platform in almost two years is also rumored to be pushed a little higher with the i7 6950X costing in the region of $1,500 USD. Other details out there include a TDP similar to Haswell-E of 140 watts, out of the box memory support for DDR4 at 2400MHz and of course compatibility for current X99 chipset boards.

Read more about the leak here on PC World.


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Taiwan sdougal says:

Nice looking chip. Any takers?

Germany der8auer says:

I take tree fiddy

Indonesia Lucky_n00b says:

*sigh* Okay, another big spending for this year :( I wonder if buying this bad boy pre-binned would be better for the long term, since I definitely can't afford binning even binning two of them..

United States xxbassplayerxx says:

Hate how much this is going to cost... I'll keep on [strike]not affording[/strike] boycotting Extreme chips!

United States Gunslinger says:

xxbassplayerxx said: Hate how much this is going to cost... I'll keep on [strike]not affording[/strike] boycotting Extreme chips!
must be free, I had a tray of ES show up on my doorstep unannounced. :p

United States Splave says:

der8auer said: I take tree fiddy


I'll buy one and probably will fail at stock settings

United States Strong Island says:

I know this sounds silly but we should really think about banning these for current gen 3d benches, at least just the 3 first firestrikes and catzilla. I mean whats the point really for 3d benching, that would really suck this year if the only way you can get a competitive firestrike score would be with this chip. We should do that with any $1000+ piece of hardware. Or just all make a deal we wont use it. It sounds silly even saying it but it would really help everyone a lot.

United States Strong Island says:

also vantage and 3d11

United States Splave says:

do they scale to 20 threads?

United States xxbassplayerxx says:

Gunslinger said: must be free, I had a tray of ES show up on my doorstep unannounced. :p


I'll be right over to pick them up. I think they got my address wrong :mad:

United States Gunslinger says:

I'm thinking that Vantage is the only one that scales with >8 cores. I don't see banning this chip as a viable option though, records are meant to be broken. :)

France kimir says:

Yeah, perhaps it would be better to start giving pts to bench that favor GPU for 3D benching, like FS Ultra. But yet again, if you need a $1k GPU to be competitive, same story...

websmile says:

Time to sell my 1151 stuff and move on to Broadwell

United States Strong Island says:

Splave said: do they scale to 20 threads?



I dont know, I am just guessing because they scaled with 16, I dont see why 16 would be some magic number that they would stop scaling at. I know it's never going to happen but this will only make high end 3d even less popular. Even $1000 is a lot but where will this stop, could the next couple hedt processors get up to $2000 and then we will need a $2000 processor to bench 3d competetively. That would suck.

it was nice when the 3930k and 4930k were enough for 3d benching, $500 is even still a lot but it made it a lot more fun.

Italy Gigioracing says:

It's an elite cpu because the normal clockers can't spend 2000€ only for cpu

United States Strong Island says:

gigioracing said: It's an elite cpu because the normal clockers can't spend 2000� only for cpu


There will be plenty in the extreme league using it. I mean I already have a 5960x so after selling it, might not be too bad to get one. Also if I can use my champion that would help a lot also, already have a ton of ddr4. So this will be a lot better then when moving to 5960x.

websmile says:

It will be very hard to explain to people why hwbot shall allow this cpu for ranking if it is priced at server level of nearly 2k euros.... especially if we see vendor and warehouse ocers with binned samples while others shall bin cpus at price themselves. This will become a big discussion, I am not looking forward to this in joy...

United States Strong Island says:

websmile said: It will be very hard to explain to people why hwbot shall allow this cpu for ranking if it is priced at server level of nearly 2k euros.... especially if we see vendor and warehouse ocers with binned samples while others shall bin cpus at price themselves. This will become a big discussion, I am not looking forward to this in joy...


I am all for disabling points for this chip especially for 3d. I mean for 2d it doesnt make sense because if it's 10 cores it will be in it's own class and the world records are always meant to be broken, and it wont affect globals of the other core classes.

But man this would really suck for 3d benching, unless the 10 cores just dont scale well with current gpu benches, but going from 6-8 did significantly with the 3dmarks so I am sure there will be some improvement.

Or we could try and combat this by disabling some points from older firestrikes/catzilla and thinking about ultra and 4k.

zeropluszero says:

Gunslinger said: records are meant to be broken. :)


Exactly.

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