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Intel Unleashes Broadwell-E Core i7-6950X, Core i7-6900K and Core i7-6800 Series Processors – Next-Gen Extreme Edition Processor For $1700 US

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted May 31, 2016
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Intel has unleashed their next generation Broadwell-E family which includes the flagship Core i7-6950X CPU. The Broadwell-E family is based on the 14nm process node which delivers better efficiency than 22nm node along with better performance in general. All Broadwell-E processors feature support on X99 platform that offers enthusiasts great performance and overclocking capabilities.

Intel’s Broadwell-E processors have officially launched, featuring a hefty 3.4 Billion transistor count.

Intel Broadwell-E Family Officially Launched – Core i7-6950X 10 Core Processor Available To Consumers

The Intel Broadwell-E family features a total of four new processors which will start from price of $400 US. The processors will be available worldwide and will be compatible with existing and new X99 motherboards. Since we are talking about X99, we should know that X99 motherboards feature the LGA 2011-3 socket that will allow support for such processors. The existing motherboards have already received the latest BIOS to deliver support for Broadwell-E while new motherboards will be shipping with the latest BIOS.

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Intel’s Broadwell-E Is Based on a Beefy 3.4 Billion Transistor Die

The Broadwell-E family is based on the same process and architecture which we saw recently on the Broadwell-EP processors that incorporate several billion transistors under the hood. In the official launch post, we covered that the Broadwell-EP parts were based off three different dies.

We know that Intel’s Broadwell-E processors will have four variants, a 10 core variant, a 8 core variant and two 6 core variants. Like the Broadwell-EP, the Broadwell-E lineup can either use a single die configuration such as the LCC (Lowest Core Configuration) which houses up to 10 cores and seems like the perfect candidate for the HEDT family. As we suspected, that is the case and Intel has went with the LCC die to accommodate the latest processors.

The three 14nm dies used in building the Broadwell-EP family. Broadwell-E can be based on the LCC die.

Intel’s Broadwell-E processors are based on the smallest 246mm2 die which houses 3.4 Billion transistors. The die offers a vast improvement in overall transistors per die moving from Haswell-E which housed up to 2.6 Billion transistors on a 355mm2 die.

Intel Broadwell-E Chips With Turbo Boost 3.0 – Per Core Boost Clock For Single-Threaded Apps – 4.0 GHz on Core i7-6950X

Intel Broadwell-E Turbo Boost 3.0 Technology

Intel has a new feature on-board the Broadwell-E processors known as Turbo Boost Max 3.0. With this technology, Intel expects to deliver up to 15% better single threaded and multi-threaded performance. Broadwell-E with Turbo Boost Max 3.0 allows each core to boost individually to help performance not only in multi-threaded applications but also single threaded applications.

TBM3 requires an operating system driver and will boost the frequency of a single CPU core when a single threaded program is being used. It requires a driver, similar to Skylake’s Speed Shift feature (which is not in Broadwell-E), which should be distributed in new X99 motherboard driver packages but will be rolled out in Windows 10 in due course. It also comes with a user interface. Via Anandtech

Turbo Boost Maximum 3.0 can be configured through software to select the highest performing core on a Broadwell-E chip and prioritize it for a specific set of applications that utilize single cores. In these apps, the processor will be able to boost beyond its specifications. In the case of Core i7-6950X, we can get as high as 4.0 GHz clock speed in single-threaded workloads.

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Aside from Turbo Boost Max 3.0, Intel has also promised much better overclocking features such as per voltage overclocking, AVX ratio offset and VccU voltage control. Intel Broadwell-E chips deploy a new heatspreader and a fully soldered design that will help tone down temperatures while the fine tuned Broadwell architecture will keep power delivery smooth and steady.

Intel Broadwell-E Family

Processor NameIntel Core i7-6950XIntel Core i7-6900KIntel Core i7-6850KIntel Core i7-6800K
Process Node14nm14nm14nm14nm
Cores/Threads10/208/166/126/12
Core Clock3.00 GHz3.20 GHz3.60 GHz3.40 GHz
Boost Clock3.50 GHz3.70 GHz3.80 GHz3.60 GHz
L3 Cache25 MB L3 Cache20 MB L3 Cache15 MB L3 Cache15 MB L3 Cache
Unlocked Multiplier (BCLK OC)Yes, Full Range OCYes, Full Range OCYes, Full Range OCYes, Full Range OC
ChipsetX99X99X99X99
SocketLGA 2011-3LGA 2011-3LGA 2011-3LGA 2011-3
PCI-E Lanes40404028
Memory SupportDDR4-2400 MHzDDR4-2400 MHzDDR4-2400 MHzDDR4-2400 MHz
TDP140W140W140W140W
Launch Price$1723 US$1089 US$617 US$434 US

Intel Core i7-6950X 10 Core / 20 Thread Processor ($1723 US)

The official packaging for Intel’s Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition Processor.

The Intel Core i7-6950X processor is the flagship processor of the Broadwell-E lineup. The processor will feature 10 cores and 20 threads. The processor will run at a base clock of 3.00 GHz and a 3.50 GHz boost clock. The processor will come in an unlocked package to allow overclocking support. The processor rocks 25 MB of L3 cache (2.5 MB per core). Intel will be asking a price of $1723 US for this processor which is an 1.72x increase over the previous flagship (Core i7-5960X).

The Intel Core i7-6950X will pack 40 PCI-E lanes. The total TDP of the chip is rated at 140W. All Broadwell-E processors are designed to support quad channel memory clocked at 2400 MHz (native speeds). The CPU is Intel’s first and the worlds first Deca core processor so I think we know why Intel is charging such a high price for this chip.

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Intel Core i7-6900K 8 Core / 16 Thread Processor ($1089 US)

The official packaging for Intel’s Core i7-6900 and Core i7-6800 Series Processors.

The Intel Core i7-6900K is the second fastest processor in the series and is essentially a more fine tuned Core i7-5960X with better clock speeds on a 14nm process node. The Intel Core i7-6900K features 8 CPU cores and 16 threads. The Core i7-6900K is clocked at frequencies of 3.2 GHz base and 3.7 GHz boost clocks. There are same 40 PCI-Express 3.0 lanes on this chip while featuring a 140W TDP. The total L3 cache available is 20 MB and you can expect users on older Sandy Bridge-E or Ivy Bridge-E platforms to move to this processor.

At $1089 US, the Core i7-6900K is very similar in terms of pricing to the Haswell-E flagship. Even the specs are similar although Broadwell-E has new technologies and a more tuned architecture. For users who are likely to upgrade to X99, the 6900K can be a good yet expensive update however the performance benefit in threaded applications will be decent enough.

Intel Core i7-6850K ($617 US) and Intel Core i7-6800K ($434 US) 6 Core / 12 Thread Processors

The Intel Broadwell-E family also includes two 6 core processors, the Core i7-6850K and the Core i7-6800K. Both CPUs have 6 cores and 12 threads and come with 15 MB of L3 cache but the interesting thing is that both chips are placed for the entry level enthusiasts which means these will be retailing at price of $617 US (6850K) and $ 434 US (6800K) respectively.

The Core i7-6850K will feature a base clock of 3.60 GHz base and 3.80 GHz boost while the Core i7-6800K will feature clock speeds of 3.40 GHz base and 3.60 GHz boost. Both processors are fully compliant with the LGA 2011-3 socket and will feature support for quad channel DDR4 memory with speeds of up to 2400 MHz (O.C+). The thing that needs to be pointed out is that the Core i7-6850K will have 40 PCI-Express lanes while the Core i7-6800K will have 28 PCI-Express lanes.

Intel Broadwell-E Processor Shots:

Intel has officially launched their Broadwell-E family which is now available for consumers to purchase along with the latest X99 motherboards. We have a list of motherboards already detailed that can be seen below:

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