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Intel Core i7-5775C ‘Broadwell Unlocked’ listed for $499

For many years Intel’s highest-performing Core i7 processors for mainstream platforms cost $300 – $349. However, Intel may change its policy regarding prices of its advanced Core i7 and Core i5 processors with unlocked multiplier going forward, based on prices leaked by a U.S.-based online store.

NCIX, a well-known online store in the U.S., recently started to take pre-orders on Intel’s Core i7-5775C and Core i5-5675C microprocessors that belong to the “Broadwell” generation and are made using 14nm FinFET process technology. The store charges $499 for the Core i7-5775C and $379 for the Core i5-5675C. The same store sells Intel’s Core i7-4790K for $459, which is considerably higher than the price of the chip in other stores. Intel’s official price for the Core i7-4790K is $339.

While the highest-performing LGA “Broadwell” processor will unlikely cost nearly $500 officially, it is obvious that it will be more expensive than Intel’s current flagship “Devil’s Canyon” processor.

Wccftech believes that the higher price of Intel Core i7-5775C and Intel Core i5-5675C is conditioned by high-performance integrated Iris Pro 6200 graphics processing unit. The Iris Pro 6200 (also known as the GT3e) features 48 execution units and has 128MB eDRAM cache for performance maximization purposes.

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The family of socketed “Broadwell Unlocked” processors for desktops contains only two models: the Core i7-5775C (4 cores/8 threads, 3.30GHz/3.80GHz base/turbo frequency, 6MB cache, Iris Pro 6200 graphics core, 65W TDP) and the Core i5-5675C (4 cores/4 threads, 3.10GHz/3.60GHz base/turbo frequency, 4MB cache, Iris Pro 6200 graphics core, 65W TDP). Both chips are compatible with motherboards based on Intel’s 9-series chipsets, such as the Z97 and the H97.

Given the fact that in general-purpose tasks Intel’s “Broadwell” chips with unlocked multiplier will be slower than Intel’s Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K, it is unlikely that Intel’s new central processing units will become popular among enthusiasts, who do not use integrated graphics adapters.

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KitGuru Says: Looks like despite of the fact that “Broadwell Unlocked” processors will not beat existing chips in terms of performance, they will still be pretty expensive. The question is whether a lot of end-users will actually buy such chips…

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