Intel may release just two desktop Broadwell chips
It appears more and more that Intel’s Broadwell chip generation will be short-lived – the new 14 nm chips were first released for mobile computers and gadgets only, which was a highly unusual move on the side of Intel, and then after a month or two later we found out that the successor to Broadwell, called Skylake, would appear in Fall 2015. To make things worse it seems that Intel has trouble selling all the Haswell parts it has right now. The final result will likely be – there’s no room for Broadwell under the sky.
Things seem pretty bad for Broadwell, don’t they? Well, they can get worse – we have received information that the desktop Broadwell generation will include just two models. Yes, just two models that will appear in June of this year.
The two models in question will be the Intel Core i7-5775C and Core i5-5675C. The chips will be built on Intel’s finest 14 nm tech process and will sport Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 and TDP of 65 watts. The chips will support up to DDR3L-1600 memory but here the differences start – the Core i7-5775C is a quad-core part with Hyper-Threading at 3.3 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) and 6 MB of L3 cache, while the i5-5675C is a quad-core chip with no Hyper-Threading technology and just 4 MB of L3 cache. The i5-5675C will also run at 3.1 GHz and will reach 3.6 GHz in Turbo mode. Both chips are fully unlocked so if you are into overclocking they might provide some very interesting results.
Somewhat disappointing, isn’t it? There’s some good news, though – the chips will run in existing LGA 1150 motherboards and a BIOS update may be everything that is needed. So if you have a Pentium-based Haswell system, the new Core i5-5675C and Core i7-5775C may be a good upgrade path. That is, in case you do not want to wait for Skylake and LGA 1151.