It’s already known that Intel’s Broadwell-E processor is slated for launch on May 17th. Compared to the current Haswell-E, Broadwell-E will be built on 14nm process technology, and for the first time bringing native 10-core architecture to desktop CPUs. Actually, the engineering sample of Core i7-6950X, which packs 10 cores and 20 threads, is already listed on eBay for US$1950.
Compatible with Socket LGA2011-3 and X99 motherboard, the Broadwell-E will be delivering higher frequency – reportedly raise from 2133MHz to 2400MHz. Being the top model in the Broadwell-E family, Core i7-6950X is shipping with 25MB of cache, base clock of 3.0GHz and boost clock of 3.5GHz, and a TDP of 140W.
Considering the Core i7-6950X is officially priced at $1499 and only half a month away, it’s really expensive to buy an engineering sample for $2000 (including express freight).