Intel accidentally confirms Core i7-6950X processor
Intel’s Haswell-E platform has been with us since August 2014 and is getting a little long in the tooth. That’s why the US chip maker is working on a major update that will come in the form of several new processors called Broadwell-E. They will be made on the latest 14 nm production process and as expected will offer improved performance.
Little is known about these chips but Intel has accidentally shed some more light on the subject – over the weekend the company published information on the flagship Core i7-6950X Broadwell-E processor on its web site. The information has proved several key specifications – this processor will be the first Intel desktop chip to come with 10 processing cores. In addition the chip will pack 25 MB of L3 cache and a clock speed of up to 3.50 GHz. Next to it Intel will launch slower six-core and eight-core Broadwell-E processors. The good news is that all of them will run in the existing LGA 2011-3 sockets on the Intel X99 chipset.
As to pricing the i7-6950X will be very expensive. This might be the first Intel processor to come with a price well above USD 1000. Intel is expected to release the new chip family in the next few months. In the meantime the chip leak has been taken off Intel’s web site.