Without making any loud announcements, Intel Corp. has started to ship its new-generation microprocessors code-named “Broadwell” to system makers. At least one high-end PC manufacturer is already offering computers featuring Intel’s new central processing units.
CyberPowerPC currently sells Gamer Xtreme GXi320OS system featuring quad-core Intel Core i7-5775C (3.3GHz/3.7GHz) microprocessor with integrated Iris Pro 6200 graphics adapter, 8GB of DDR3 memory, 2TB hard disk drive, Windows 8.1 and so on. The system costs €947.59 and is available now.
Given the price of the PC and its rather moderate configuration, it looks like Intel’s new “Broadwell” microprocessors are not inexpensive, despite their relatively low performance out-of-the-box (which is supposed to be considerably behind that of Intel Core i7-4790K).
Intel’s “Broadwell Unlocked” microprocessors for desktops are made using 14nm process technology. The new chips are more power efficient than existing Core i7 and Core i5 “Haswell” microprocessors, but their overclocking potential is unknown. The family of desktop-class “Broadwell Unlocked” CPUs will include 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).
Intel did not comment on the news-story.
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KitGuru Says: If system makers already list “Broadwell”-based PCs, it is pretty clear that the world’s largest maker of CPUs will introduce its new chips in the coming weeks.