ASRock Posts Firmware Hack for X99 Owners to Support Broadwell-E

By Published April 13, 2016 at 8:08 pm

ASRock routinely breaks rules with Intel – like with the SkyOC firmware hack that allows non-K CPU overclocking. In the latest breach, ASRock mentioned Intel's new Core i7-6950X Broadwell-E processor and listed some of its core specs. The CPU will be part of the line replacing Haswell-E (which was the first consumer architecture to host DDR4 memory) and the X99 platform.

Motherboard manufacturer ASRock says that the Intel Core i7-6950X will host 10 physical cores with hyperthreading (total of 20 threads). ASRock indicates that its existing X99 motherboards will be able to leverage a firmware patch to unlock support for Broadwell-E, meaning that HW-E owners may not have to upgrade motherboards if firmware hacks are available. ASRock's will be posted here.

As for other chips, the Core i7-6900K will be one of the highest-end, non-X-class (Extreme) parts with eight cores and sixteen threads. We previously posted a specifications leak of the Intel i7-6950X, 6900K, 6850K, and 6800K; the specs table is reproduced below.

  Cores/Threads Frequency / Turbo Total Cache Memory Speed TDP
i7-6950X 10/20 3.0GHz / 3.5GHz 25MB 2400MHz 140W
i7-6900K 8/16 3.2GHz / 3.7GHz 20MB 2400MHz 140W
i7-6850K 6/12 3.6GHz / 3.8GHz 15MB 2400MHz 140W
i7-6800K 6/12 3.4GHz / 3.6GHz 15MB 2400MHz 140W

Note that these specifications are not official from Intel and could still prove inaccurate. As of now, the 6950X specs have thus far proven correct, as validated by ASRock.

- Steve “Lelldorianx” Burke.

Last modified on April 14, 2016 at 8:08 pm
Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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