Intel will be reportedly releasing just two LGA 1150 Broadwell-based CPUs, according to TechSpot. A report from the site VR-Zone broke down the two Broadwell processors, the Core i7-5775C and Core i5-5675C, which are manufactured using a 14nm process. They are expected to launch during the second quarter of 2015.
The addition, the Core i7-5775C and Core i5-5675C have a thermal design power of of 65 watts, support for DDR3 memory, and include Intel Iris Pro 6200 graphics.
The two CPUs will be compatible with motherboards including Z97 chipset examples, assuming the BOIS is updated to support the new processors, according to Hexus.net. The Core i7-5775C runs at 3.3GHz base with 3.7GHz turbo frequency, and it supports eight threads through Hyper-Threading. With support for four threads, the Core i5-5675C runs at 3.1GHz base with 3.6GHz turbo frequency.
The reasons why Intel has trimmed down its Broadwell family remain largely unclear. Some believe that Intel may still be struggling with the high frequencies of chips made using the 14nm fabrication process, according to KitGuru.net. It’s also possible that Intel is releasing a limited line because the next architecture update, Skylake (aka sixth-generation Core), is supposed to be out at the end of the year. Usually releases are further apart, but Broadwell was delayed significantly, putting it closer to Skylake than anticipated.
After a demonstration of the processors at the Game Developers Conference, Intel stated in a blog post that the primary goal is to enhance the performance of mini-PCs and All-In-One computers. Intel also reaffirmed its dedication to enhancing the overall gaming experience.
Broadwell socketed desktop SKUs are expected to debut around June 2015.