Broadwell-E might be more expensive than initially expected
One of the things that year 2016 will bring upon us is the new Broadwell-E CPU family, which we reported on a while ago. The family will come with four chips inside with the Core i7-6950X being the first Intel desktop processor with 10 cores inside. The chip will run at 3 GHz and will pack 25 MB of L3 cache, which is simply impressive. In addition the expected price was around USD 1000, which was not that much for such a processor.
Unfortunately it now seems that Intel might charge more for this processor and likely for the entire Broadwell-E line. Online rumors now claim that the Core i7-6950X will retail for as much as USD 1500, which will make this chip really expensive. There are no official reasons for this possible price hike but there might be two major reasons – the complexity of making such a chip and then weak competition from AMD.
If the i7-6950X sells for USD 1500, then this means that the remaining three Broadwell-E members will also cost more. The octa-core Core i7-6900K will likely sell for USD 1000, while the slower Core i7-6800K and Core i7-6850K with six cores each might cost USD 400 and USD 600 respectively. Given this news it might be a smart idea to build your dreamed Haswell-E system now rather than wait for Broadwell-E – these prices might make these chips too expensive for most people around the world.