Intel Broadwell-E flagship’s specification is the key selling point since the Core i7-6950X is its first 10-core 20-thread flagship SKU. But someone was eager to sell one of these engineering samples via eBay auction for $ 1,950, the total of $ 2,000 including shipping- and one individual bought it.
There’s no time like the present, eh?
The upcoming Broadwell-E SKUs are 14nm processors compatible with the existing LGA 2011-3 socketed Intel X99 chipset based motherboards. One notable feature is the memory support boost from 2133 MHz to 2400 MHz. There were four SKUs whose specifications were circling around for a long time. The flagship i7-6950X is a 10-core, 20-thread processor with a base clock of 3.0 GHz with turbo boosting of up to 3.5 GHz. The TDP of the processor would be at 140 w. Other SKUs, such as the Core i7-6900K would be an eight-core SKU base clocked at 3.3 GHz while Core i7-6850K and 6800K has six cores with base clock speeds at 3.6 GHz and 3.4 GHz respectively. ASROCK also confirmed Core i7-6950X SKU for all of us a long time ago.
The Intel Broadwell-E is expected to be officially available on May 17th, according to a Chinese source. Who is the seller? And who is the buyer? And assuming that is the official release date- why not wait? For those who don’t know, engineering samples are the final make of the retail variants, whose purpose is to be sent to interested parties and reviewers for testing (with an embargo clause).
The rumoured price for the Core i7-6950X is expected to be around $ 1,500, as you would expect $ 2,000 is a tad bit high, a price to pay to get an engineering sample a bit too early compared to others. This is, of course, assuming if Intel will make these chips available by May 17th according to some news reports.
The item was shipped from New York, United States.
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) May 2, 2016