Over the weekend details of Intel’s upcoming Core i7-6950X processor were leaked in the change-log of Intel latest Management Engine Software on the company’s support website. In the support list there is an entry for “Intel Core i7-6950X Processor Extreme Edition”. Some specifications are leaked as well, which are 25 MB of L3 cache and a clock speed of up to 3.50 GHz. The new i7-6800 and i7-6900 series processors are based on the 14nm Broadwell-E silicon.
These processors are built in the LGA2011v3 package and are compatible with current Intel X99 Express chipset motherboards, with a BIOS update of course. It is being speculated that this specific processor will be the first client-platform CPU with 10 cores. Intel is also expected to release an 8-core i7-6900K and a 6-core i7-6800K. These could launch sometime in Q2 of this year.