Desktop Broadwell may be very expensive
Little by little all secrets surrounding the highly anticipated desktop Broadwell processors become known. We now know that the new chips will arrive in early June and that there will be just two models – the Core i7-5775C and the Core i5-5675C. The former chip will offer four cores, capable of processing up to eight threads, clock speeds of 3.3 GHz and 3.7 GHz (in Turbo Mode), Iris Pro 6200 graphics, 6 MB of L3 cache and 65W TDP, while the latter will have four cores with a total of four threads at 3.1 GHz (3.6 GHz Turbo), 6 MB of L3 cache, Iris 6200 graphics and TDP of 65W
Unfortunately the only thing we don’t know is how much these chips will cost. According to some early information, though, the Core i7-5775C will not be a cheap processor at all. Certain US online retailers have listed the chip for pre-order but you will not like the price mentioned – they ask for USD 499.99. This is not little at all and even though the chip may overclock to 5 GHz on air, the price will likely make most hardware enthusiasts skip it. If correct the price may turn out to be a marketing trick by Intel – the company may want to make people wait for its upcoming Skylake chip, which is expected to arrive in early August this year.
The price of the Core i7-5775C does not bode well for the Core i5 Broadwell model as well – the chip may cost something like USD 399.99 when it comes to market in a few weeks time. This remains to be seen, however, so not all hope is lost.