ASRock routinely breaks rules with Intel – like with the SkyOC firmware hack that allows non-K CPU overclocking. In the latest breach, ASRock mentioned Intel's new Core i7-6950X Broadwell-E processor and listed some of its core specs. The CPU will be part of the line replacing Haswell-E (which was the first consumer architecture to host DDR4 memory) and the X99 platform.
Motherboard manufacturer ASRock says that the Intel Core i7-6950X will host 10 physical cores with hyperthreading (total of 20 threads). ASRock indicates that its existing X99 motherboards will be able to leverage a firmware patch to unlock support for Broadwell-E, meaning that HW-E owners may not have to upgrade motherboards if firmware hacks are available. ASRock's will be posted here.
As for other chips, the Core i7-6900K will be one of the highest-end, non-X-class (Extreme) parts with eight cores and sixteen threads. We previously posted a specifications leak of the Intel i7-6950X, 6900K, 6850K, and 6800K; the specs table is reproduced below.
| ||Cores/Threads||Frequency / Turbo||Total Cache||Memory Speed||TDP|
|i7-6950X||10/20||3.0GHz / 3.5GHz||25MB||2400MHz||140W|
|i7-6900K||8/16||3.2GHz / 3.7GHz||20MB||2400MHz||140W|
|i7-6850K||6/12||3.6GHz / 3.8GHz||15MB||2400MHz||140W|
|i7-6800K||6/12||3.4GHz / 3.6GHz||15MB||2400MHz||140W|
Note that these specifications are not official from Intel and could still prove inaccurate. As of now, the 6950X specs have thus far proven correct, as validated by ASRock.
- Steve “Lelldorianx” Burke.