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Launch date of Intel Core i5/i7 ‘Broadwell Unlocked’ revealed

Intel Corp. is set to start selling desktop microprocessors based on the “Broadwell” micro-architecture in early June, according to a report from a Japanese web-site. The family will include only two models and will hardly be very popular among performance enthusiasts and overclockers.

Intel and its partners will start to sell its Core i7-5775C and Core i5-5675C microprocessors on the 2nd of June, 2015, in Japan, reports Hermitage Akihabara web-site. Originally it was expected that the new chips will hit the market in mid-May, but it looks like the world’s largest maker of microprocessors changed its plans and decided to start actual sales of the highly-anticipated chips in early June.

The lineup of socketed “Broadwell Unlocked” processors for desktops will be limited to 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 will be compatible with mainboards based on Intel’s 9-series chipsets, such as the Z97 and the H97.

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The new central processing units will feature unlocked multiplier and will support overclocking, however, it is unlikely that they will become true successors to the Core i7-4770K/4790K and the Core i5-4690K due to relatively low out-of-box clock-rates and moderate overclocking potential. On the other hand, thanks to relatively low thermal design power and advanced graphics core, the new chips will be perfect for enthusiast-class small form-factor systems, which are gaining popularity these days.

Prices of Intel’s Core i7-5775C and Core i5-5675C are unknown, but given that the chips are not going to deliver leading-edge performance, they should not be too expensive.

Later this year Intel plans to introduce the true successors to the “Devil’s Canyon” central processing units. The Core i7-6700K and the Core i5-6600K based on the “Skylake” micro-architecture are expected to hit the market in late September or October.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.

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