Intel Broadwell-E Scheduled For Launch in Q1 2016 – Will Feature 8 and 6 Core SKUs, Retaining Support on X99 Platform

Sep 8, 2015

Intel was previously rumored to start mass production of their Broadwell-E processors in Q1 2016 but now a report from BenchLife seems to point out that Intel will also launch their flagship processors during the same quarter. The Broadwell-E platform which comprises of X99 based motherboards and Broadwell architecture based 8 to 6 core processors will be the latest addition to Intel’s HEDT (High-End Desktop) lineup.

Intel Broadwell-E HEDT Platform Scheduled for Q1 2016 Launch

The schedule for Broadwell-E reveals that ES sampling of the processors will commence in Q4 2015 followed by QS sampling that will mark the transition to final software optimization in late December 2015 – Early January 2016. The mass production of these processors will start in February-March 2016 which indicates that we might see an announcement from Intel at CeBIT 2016 in March ’16. It is not known whether Intel will actually launch these processors at the same day but the source indicates that the chips are indeed heading for a Q1 2016 time frame as far as launch is concerned. The news seems to hold some credibility since Intel has already confirmed to launch their Broadwell-EP Xeon E5-2600 V4 processors in Q4 2015. These new processors will feature up to 22 cores, 44 threads and have compatibility on the existing Brickland platform that is based around the C610 series chipset.

The Broadwell-E will be the main HEDT platform for 2016 while Skylake-E will be pushed to 2017 and the main stream platform will see Kaby Lake family around Q3 2016. Intel has already announced the delay of their new 10nm node to 2017, hence Cannonlake has been repositioned for a future launch. The Broadwell-E processors will have full support on the existing X99 platform that consists of LGA 2011-3 socket based motherboards and DDR4 memory compatibility.

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There are no confirmed SKU names at the moment but details from previous reports confirm that Intel will have 8 and 6 core SKUs. This means that we will see a similar launch lineup as Haswell-E with a single X SKU featuring 8 Cores and two K SKUs featuring 6 cores. The Extreme Edition processor will have 20 MB L3 cache, full support of the latest overclocking features found on Intel processors and support for DDR4-2400 memory. These processors will have up to 40 PCI-Express lanes and capable of two full x16 and a single x8 PCI-Express slot. The maximum TDP of these chips will be 140W which is same as the Core i7-5960X and we will see small bumps in the clock frequencies along with IPC improvements that Broadwell received. Since Broadwell-E still packs an older architecture to Skylake, we will see FIVR (Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator) on these chips. Prices will remain at $999 US for the flagship, around $500 US for the mid-tier chip and around $400 US for the entry level chip.

Intel HEDT Family Lineup:

Intel HEDT Processor Families:

Intel HEDT Family Gulftown Sandy Bridge-E Ivy Bridge-E Haswell-E Broadwell-E Skylake-X Skylake-X Skylake-X Cascade Lake-X
Process Node 32nm 32nm 22nm 22nm 14nm 14nm+ 14nm+ 14nm+ 14nm++
Flagship SKU Core i7-980X Core i7-3960X Core i7-4960X Core i7-5960X Core i7-6950X Core i9-7980XE Core i9-9980XE Xeon W-3175X TBD
Max Cores/Threads 6/12 6/12 6/12 8/16 10/20 18/36 18/36 28/56 18/36?
Clock Speeds 3.33/3,60 GHz 3.30/3.90 GHz 3.60/4.00 GHz 3.00/3.50 GHz 3.00/3.50 GHz 2.60/4.20 GHz 3.00/4.50 GHz 3.10/4.30 GHz TBD
Max Cache 12 MB L3 15 MB L3 15 MB L3 20 MB L3 25 MB L3 24.75 MB L3 24.75 MB L3 38.5 MB L3 24.75 MB L3?
Max PCI-Express Lanes (CPU) 32 Gen2 40 Gen2 40 Gen3 40 Gen3 40 Gen3 44 Gen3 44 Gen3 44 Gen3 44 Gen3?
Chipset Compatiblity X58 Chipset X79 Chipset X79 Chipset X99 Chipset X99 Chipset X299 X299 C612E X399?
Socket Compatiblity LGA 1366 LGA 2011 LGA 2011 LGA 2011-3 LGA 2011-3 LGA 2066 LGA 2066 LGA 3647 LGA 2066?
Memory Compatiblity DDR3-1066 DDR3-1600 DDR3-1866 DDR4-2133 DDR4-2400 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2800 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2933
Max TDP 130W 130W 130W 140W 140W 165W 165W 255W 165W?
Launch Q1 2010 Q4 2011 Q3 2013 Q3 2014 Q2 2016 Q3 2017 Q4 2018 Q4 2018 2H 2019
Launch Price $999 US $999 US $999 US $1059 US $1700 US $1999 US $1979 US ~$4000 US TBD