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Broadwell-E comes in six and eight core in Q1 2016

by on01 July 2015

Up to 20MB cache, overclockable K an X SKUs

Intel plans to launch an update to the Haswell-E high-end line of processors and it calls them Broadwell-E.

They will enter production in January of 2016 and should launch before the end of the quarter. We expect to see them before the end of March 2016. Intel has shared a few details with some of its partners, but we still don't have all the details. The new high-end processor line will come in six-core and eight-core versions.

The eight-core version will have up to 20 MB Intel smart cache and it will support Turbo boost 2 technology. Following tradition, Broadwell-E will support Hyperthreading technology as well as overclocking with Extreme Edition X and K SKUs. Intel calls this processor line HEDT (High End DeskTop processor line) and the new processor supports 4-channel DDR4 2400 memory with 1 DIMM per channel.

Intel claims that it has improved CPU performance.

The motherboard based on chipset support up to 40 lanes PCIe 3.0 in (2x16 + 1x8 configuration). The max TDP sits at 140W for both six-core and eight-core units. Intel warns that the LGA 2011-3 Revision 3 socket will not be compatible with prior generation CPUs.

The question remains if the new Broadwell-E works in existing motherboards after they receive a BIOS update.

Before this HEDT processor comes to market, Intel plans to launch Skylake-S dual and quad core with TDPS scaling from 35W, 65W and in high end market to 95W. This should happen in late Q3 2015 for some and for most SKUs Q4 2016. 

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