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Intel Core i7-6950X 10-Core CPU Launched: Broadwell-E Takes Flight

Today, Intel is taking the wraps off of an entire family of Broadwell-E based Core i7 series processors, led by the new flagship, Core i7-6950X. Broadwell-E based desktop processors will pack up to 10 cores (20 threads), they have more cache memory (2.5MB on a 10-core CPU, with up to 25MB of shared LLC), they’re manufactured using a more advanced process, and support the latest iteration of Intel’s Turbo Boost technology – dubbed Turbo Boost Max 3.0 – which helps boost performance for both single and multi-threaded workloads. Broadwell-E processors also have the same 140 watt TDP and will work in existing X99-based motherboards after a firmware update. The maximum officially supported memory speed has been upped to 2400MHz as well, versus 2133MHz with Haswell-E.