Rumor: Intel is working on 10-core Broadwell-E CPUBy Tim Schiesser 16 comments
If you're after an Intel CPU with a ton of processing cores, the upcoming line-up of Broadwell-E enthusiast parts may be exactly what you're looking for, if the latest rumors turn out to be true.
According to documents obtained by Chinese site Xfastest, Intel will be releasing a 10-core, 20-thread processor at the top of their Broadwell-E line-up. The part, known as the Core i7-6950X, is expected to replace the existing 8-core, 16-thread Haswell-E Core i7-5960X as the fastest consumer CPU available.
The Broadwell-E line-up will also reportedly include the Core i7-6900K as an eight-core, 16-thread part, as well as two six-core, 12-thread parts: the Core i7-6800K and the Core i7-6850K. Alleged clock speeds range from 3.00 GHz (on the 6950X) to 3.60 GHz (on the 6850K), with the six-core parts running faster than the others as expected.
The documents suggest Broadwell-E will continue to use Intel's LGA2011-v3 socket, although it's not known what chipset will support the new CPUs. Intel's current X99 platform has most of the features a modern platform should have, including DDR4 support and tons of PCIe and SATA ports, but Intel could decide to release a new platform if they so choose.
Intel isn't ready to talk about Broadwell-E officially just yet, so it'll still be a while before we hear whether the information from Xfastest is true. Expect to see more information on the upcoming enthusiast platform in early 2016.