Core i7-6950X to be the first Intel consumer CPU with 10 cores – Report

It appears that Intel is preparing to debut its Broadwell-E processors, with the Intel Core i7-6950X to be the chip maker’s first consumer CPU to feature 10 cores, Chinese website Xfastest reports. It has been a little over a year since the Haswell-E processors were first introduced, and given the arrival of Skylane, it’s no surprise that Intel will be looking to update its X99 platform in the near future.

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What’s surprising is that, instead of maintaining the 8 core 16 threads spec of Haswell-E’s i7-5960X, Broadwell-E’s i7-6950X will feature 10 cores and support for up to 20 threads, despite offering the same 3.0 GHz clock speed of its predecessor. It is enhanced further with a higher cache capacity of 25M over the 20M capacity of thei7-5960X.

According to the Chinese website, Intel will launch 4 processor models, including the aforementioned i7-6950X, i7-6900K, i7-6850K and i7- 6800K. A breakdown of the specifics for each of these processors can be seen below.

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At present, there is no information on the launch date of these new processors, but we’ll keep you posted as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, let us know if you’d be interested in upgrading to the 10 core i7-6950X in the comments below.

  • Mindbreaker

    That should play a very good game of chess. I will probably be buying this or Zen.

    If they go over $1000, I think that will price me out. I just hope Zen will not be too far behind in performance, if that is the case.

    It is a real bummer when Intel only makes one choice with the highest core count. They should have at least 3.

    I’d like to see the return of 2-socket overclocking. But who knows when that will happen. I don’t think I would ever buy a chip I could not overclock, if I can avoid it.