ASRock has released a BIOS update for its X99 motherboards to officially support Intel’s upcoming Broadwell-E processor lineup. The four upcoming Broadwell-E processors include the Core i7-6900K, i7-6850K, i7-6800K, and surprisingly the heavily rumoured Core i7-6950X too. Just last week, Intel has “accidentally” listed the Core i7-6950X in a changelog for its Management Engine Software before being promptly removed.
Intel’s upcoming 14nm processors, based on the Broadwell architecture are said to be released during Computex 2016, which isn’t long from now. Sources anticipate AIBs such as ASRock, Gigabyte and MSI to release their new lineup of X99 motherboards along the same period of time as well. Worry not, Intel’s Broadwell-E processors will also be compatible with existing X99 motherboards as well – given that they are flashed with the latest BIOS update by respective AIBs of course.
Bear in mind that these processors aren’t going to be wallet-friendly. Speculatively, sources are estimating the retail price for the Intel Core i7-6800K to be in the region of US$390 (about RM1,500). Meanwhile, the Core i7-6850K and i7-6900K processors are likely to bear retail prices of US$550 (approximately RM2,120) and US$999 (around RM3,860) respectively. Lastly, the “king of the hill” Intel Core i7-6950X may retail for a whopping US$1,500 (around RM5,800) – about the same price as one would pay for, say, two Tri-X Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury X’s.