Last month, we got our first peek at Intel’s new ‘Braswell’ system-on-chip solutions built on a new 14nm process and featuring Intel’s new Airmont CPU cores. Like Braswell, Broadwell is the 14nm die shrink of Haswell, which was built using a 22nm process. Moving to a smaller process results in a smaller die and lower power consumption. However, as is often the case with Intel’s ‘Tick’ updates, a few minor tweaks have also been applied.
The advantage of this minor update is that it's compatible with the existing LGA1150 platform when using an Intel 9-series chipset. It's also possible that Z87 boards may support these new processors through a BIOS update.
There are almost a dozen desktop Broadwell CPUs inbound, five of them 65W desktop parts, and today we have the flagship model on hand, the Core i7-5775C, and its BGA version, the Core i7-5775R. Both chips are almost identical. Other than the fact that the Core i7-5775R is a BGA part, the only other difference is the Turbo frequency which is just 100MHz higher at 3.8GHz. Moving past the specifications, another difference is the price. Whereas the Core i7-5775C features a $366 MSRP the 5775R costs slightly less at $348.
Read: Intel Core i7-5775C Broadwell Processor Review
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