Intel’s 14nm Broadwell CPUs will hit desktops for the first time in the coming months, latest reports have suggested.
The Broadwell chips have been arriving since late last year in their mobile forms, finding their way into the likes of the Asus UX305 and new MacBook, but until now it’s been unclear when they’ll arrive for the desktop.
According to a report on VR-Zone, however, new iterations of the high-performance processors will be desktop-bound in Q2 2015.
The new processors will reportedly be called the Core i7-5775C and Core i5-5675C, with the C denoting these to be multiplier-unlocked parts. This is a change from previous nomenclature, which used a K to denote unlocked parts.
The new processors will be compatible with existing Z97 motherboards, once a firmware update has been applied, and both will be 65W parts – the maximum expected for standard desktop Broadwell chips.
The Core i7-5775C will have four cores and support eight threads while running at a base clock of 3.3GHz and a turbo clock of 3.7GHz. It will have 6MB of cache.
By contrast the Core i5-5675C drops hyperthreading so only supports four threads on its four cores and runs at 3.1GHz, boosting to 3.6GHz, and has just 4MB of cache. Both will include Iris Pro Graphics 6200.
As well as the desktop LGA1155 parts the VR-Zone article also details three new BGA chips, which have similar specs, though without the unlocked multipliers. These likely will not be meant for consumer use anyway but rather pre-installed systems.