The rumors were true: Intel indeed had a monstrous 10-core enthusiast processor up its sleeve. The long-awaited Broadwell-E “Extreme Edition” enthusiast CPU lineup launched with a bang at Computex, spearheaded by the Core i7-6950X, a beast of a chip with 10 CPU cores, fancy per-core overclocking, Turbo Boost Max 3.0 technology, drop-in compatibility with Haswell-E motherboards, and more.
Its price is just as monstrous: $1,723, or $723 higher than the previous 8-core Haswell-E flagship. That’s a hell of a jump, and prices on all Extreme Edition chips went up across the board with this new generation. Our exhaustive Intel Core i7-6950X review has full nitty-gritty details, or check out the 10 things you need to know about Broadwell-E for a CliffsNotes version. Or you can just watch a video of overclockers cranking the beast up to 5.7GHz