ASRock reveals Intel Broadwell-E desktop CPU lineup

— 5:19 PM on April 12, 2016

ASRock appears to have blown the cover on Intel's entire Broadwell-E CPU lineup today. In a press release we received today, the company touted its readiness for the new chips and confirmed that the Core i7-6950X will be a 10-core, 20-thread part. It also advised owners of its X99 motherboards to apply firmware updates in preparation for the as-yet-unnanounced Core i7-6900K, Core i7-6850K, and Core i7-6800K.

Those model names all comport with a leaked Broadwell-E CPU lineup obtained last year by Chinese hardware site Xfastest. If that site's info is correct, the Core i7-6800K and Core i7-6850K will both be six-core, 12-thread chips, while the Core i7-6900K will be an eight-core, 16-thread part. Details of these chips remain scarce, but when they launch, they may be among the worst-kept secrets in recent memory.

Owners of ASRock X99 mobos can prepare for the impending launch of these parts by heading over to the company's X99 lineup page and navigating to the download page for their particular motherboard model.

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