It has been known for a while that Intel are planning on releasing a 10-core successor to the 8-core i7 5960X Extreme for a while now, but Tweakers.net has stumbled on an official support page that reveals more details about this monster of a CPU.
The Broadwell chips will be using a 14nm fabrication process similar to the excellent Skylake processors such as the Core i7-6700K and it will of course use the enthusiast socket LGA2011-v3 X99. The full name will be Core i7-6950X Extreme edition and that the CPU will have 25MB cache and a maximum turbo frequency of 3.5GHz. That’s the same as the current flag ship – the 8-core Core i7-5960X, which had 20MB cache.
It will be part of a 4 CPU launch, refreshing the 22nm Haswell-E CPUs launched a year and a half ago in September 2014.
Previous leaks point at the Core i7-6800K and Core i7-6850K sporting six cores and twelve threads, while the Core i7-6900K has eight cores and 16 threads with the 10-core 6950X sitting at the top of the pile.
Due to the core-count increase it is expected to raise the flagship price, once capped at around EUR999, by a significant amount.
We can only dream about ever being able to afford one of these!