Tuesday, May 31st 2016

Intel Announces the Core i7 "Broadwell-E" HEDT Processor Series

Intel today announced the Core i7 "Broadwell-E" processor series. Built in the socket LGA2011v3 package, these chips work with motherboards based on the Intel X99 Express chipset, some boards may require BIOS updates to support these chips. At the heart of the lineup is the 14 nm "Broadwell-E" silicon. Intel is launching not three but four SKUs, including two six-core, one eight-core, and one ten-core.

The lineup begins with the Core i7-6800K. This six-core chip features 15 MB of L3 cache, 3.40 GHz clocks with 3.60 GHz Turbo Boost, 28 PCI-Express lanes, and a price of US $434. Next up, is the Core i7-6850K, which is also a six-core chip with 15 MB L3 cache, but features slightly higher clock speeds of 3.60 GHz with 3.80 Turbo Boost, but more importantly, features the full 40 PCI-Express lanes of the silicon. The Core i7-6850K is priced at US $617. Further up the lineup is the Core i7-6900K, with eight cores, 20 MB L3 cache, 3.20 GHz clocks with 3.70 GHz maximum Turbo Boost, and a price of $1,089. The price-per-core dramatically shoots up from here, as we get to the Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition, the jewel in Intel's crown, featuring ten cores, 25 MB of L3 cache, 3.00 GHz clocks with 3.50 GHz Turbo Boost, and a wallet-scorching $1,723 price.
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28 Comments on Intel Announces the Core i7 "Broadwell-E" HEDT Processor Series

#1
Chaitanya
Read the review at Pcper, that 10 core cpu is too expensive.
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#2
NutZInTheHead
Well I know what I'm not getting. I'm not getting a Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition. :P

Whether that price is justified or not I dont care. I'll leave that for others to discuss.
But a ten core is certainly welcome :)

I got a great price for my 5820K at the time I bought it. I'll stick with that for probably 4 to 5 more years.
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#3
beholderidis
I honestly don't know what the guys from Intel were thinking when they decided to put up this price tag.
What kind of market analysis did they do to come up with 1700.

You don't even get a core bump, because now the new 8-core chip has the same price as the last year's 8-core chip. Which makes it a mute point. In order to get +2 cores you need to shelve +60% more which is frankly ridiculous.

Whereas in the Xeon family (E5 v4) they at least bumped the cores by 2 (compared to E5 v3) while keeping the same prices. (not a huge thing if you ask me, but if you own 100% of the market you can do that just because. At least it's something then nothing).

In my opinion what they could at least do, is instead of 1700, make the chip at 1.500 (which a bit more easy to swallow) but then again instead of 140W, make that chip at 180W (or even maybe 200W) and clock it a 4.0GHz by default (so no need to overclock it per se), with a turbo boost let's say at 4.5 to 5GHz. So you'll end up getting +2 cores and a nice speed bump which would justify the crazy price (which of course won't cost them anything since increasing the frequency is free. They won't change the die of the chip or anything)

Maybe I'm a bit disappointed, that's all, seeing how things get more expensive. Nvidia is pushing the prices up year by year (a top GPU now costs 700 whereas in 2012 it used to cost 500,see 7970 GHz Edition or Geforce 680 in wikipedia) that goes to show how the new order of things will be.

But, on the other side, I'm more than happy that I decided to upgrade my rig a month ago. I bought two E5-2670 Xeons for 70$ each from eBay. They actually perform the same in cinebench with the new Broadwell-E (around 2000 points in R15)
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#4
RejZoR
My 5820K was around 400€. The same price as 6700K on release. Of course I took a hexa core instead of quad despite slightly more expensive motherboard. 6800K is really only useful for people who are considering 6700K. It's kinda similar situation as I was in, just a bit later with a refresh.
If you already have 5820K, there is no point in 6800K. Same for the 8 core. I'd even consider refreshing a CPU, but if smaller node is the only benefit, I don't really care. If 8 core was the same price as old 6 core, now that would be pretty awesome and I'd grab it asap.
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#6
hojnikb
Talk about a money grab.
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#7
vega22
intel reaping its last harvest before zen?

tbh looking at the performance the prices seem about right for server grade hardware.
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#8
Vinska
to avoid double standards, I should post:
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too bad I'm too lazy to actually shoop it, so use Your imagination [plain]\_:)_/[/plain]
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#9
nickbaldwin86
Got a email from Newegg. $1800.... think I will pass
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#10
techy1
so 2 years (haswell-e) and here it is - the next gen - you get a price increase instead of performance increase - that is really something new and was something worth to wait for.
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#11
Slizzo
Broadwell-E. Should have skipped it and launched Skylake-E.

And yeah, $1700 for a 10 core, $1000 for an 8 core? Stupid crazy pricing. The 6 core 6800K at $449 is reasonable though. And should be able to clock it up nicely.
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#12
theeldest
I think Intel is having yield issues on their 10-core die (Broadwell has 10c, 15c & 24c dies).

They also released an updated E5 10-core with fairly high frequency (http://ark.intel.com/products/91769/Intel-Xeon-Processor-E5-2689-v4-25M-Cache-3_10-GHz).

It's 3.1 GHz and $2700 and that's a 165w part.

It's actually cheaper (by a bunch) to get a 12-core at 3.0GHz ($2100), likely because it's harvested from a die that starts at 15-core. Too bad Intel didn't just keep the 10-core and release an unlocked 12-core. But I guess that would have set a bad precedent when they get to Skylake-E.
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#13
TPout
I think that Intel just went ahead and put that price cause they can, It's not like a lot of people will buy it and those who want it will in the end buy it no matter what.

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#14
xkm1948
Waiting for used 5960X to pop up in market now. I can actually use that extra processing power.
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#15
Dj-ElectriC
Been using this for about 10 days now. I dig it, its pretty cool
Power consumption is nice and low, tho Broadwells always overclocked badly.

Team USA, get ur act together. Team Israel is schooling you in overclocking.
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#16
xkm1948
Checked some of the reviews. One thing I would like to see is the high speed ram test with new BWE. If BWE's IMC can handle 128GB RAM easily at DDR4-4000 speed then it will be truly great. Imagine a 6950X with 4GHz core, 4GHz cache and 4GHz RAM.
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#17
happita
Slizzo said:
Broadwell-E. Should have skipped it and launched Skylake-E.

And yeah, $1700 for a 10 core, $1000 for an 8 core? Stupid crazy pricing. The 6 core 6800K at $449 is reasonable though. And should be able to clock it up nicely.
The problem with that 6800K is even though it's $449, you still don't get 40 full PCIE lanes. You have to dig deeper until your pocket have holes in them for that 6850K to be able to get it. $617 for optimum Xfire/SLI at 16x/16x? No thanks.
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#18
ironwolf
nickbaldwin86 said:
Got a email from Newegg. $1800.... think I will pass
? It's been showing $1749.99. Was it a different price earlier today?
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#19
nickbaldwin86
ironwolf said:
? It's been showing $1749.99. Was it a different price earlier today?
HAHA I knew someone was going to be a smart a$$ and say this.... yes sorry you save $50.01 at that price. Money shouldn't be a object and it shouldn't matter so I rounded up. I would assume neither of us will be getting one counting pennies.
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#20
dwade
Anandtech review shows very very very tiny gain even in productivity software. Gaming is about the same as i5/i7 Quadcores. Ouch.
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#21
jaggerwild
All the top name benchers are posting 6950 scores at HWbot.
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#22
Caring1
jaggerwild said:
All the top name benchers are posting 6950 scores at HWbot.
6700K on Firestrike

There doesn't seem to be much love for laptops in the news here, but the i3, i5 and i7 7xxxu series are being released soon in a number of brands.
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#23
matar
A big fail always all intel X series use to cost $1000 why now more ( remember fist 6-core on X58 $1000 ) I was considering an upgrade for the 6900K 8 core if it was priced at $650 and maybe even 6950X if at $1000 but now NO thank you intel your asking too much. I am passing on all X99 chipset
Your not taking my money this time.
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#24
Prima.Vera
This is NOT a CPU for gaming, but if you buy one of this for that purpose only, you deserve the Darwin Award! :)))
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#25
EarthDog
happita said:
The problem with that 6800K is even though it's $449, you still don't get 40 full PCIE lanes. You have to dig deeper until your pocket have holes in them for that 6850K to be able to get it. $617 for optimum Xfire/SLI at 16x/16x? No thanks.
YTou lose 1%... why would anyone do that who isn't benching competitively?
Caring1 said:
6700K on Firestrike
Que?
Caring1 said:
There doesn't seem to be much love for laptops in the news here, but the i5 and i7 7xxxu series are being released soon in a number of brands.
Que x2? What is that about in this thread? LOL!
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