After a very long wait it looks like Intel has finally started shipping its first Core i5 and Core i7 Broadwell desktop CPUs to OEMs. Many of these OEMs are offering PCs featuring the Core i5-5675C and Core i7-5775C.
Now these processors are not exactly successors to the current flagships, but they do offer reduced power consumption and have an unlocked multiplier. The 65W TDP should result in better overclocking, but time will only tell on that front.
Broadwell is more or less an optical shrink of Haswell to 14nm (much like Ivy Bridge was to Sandy Bridge), so the smaller die will be much more energy efficient. Not many new features have been added, although the addition of ADCX should improve some things. The biggest change is the 128MB eDRAM L4 cache for the Iris Pro 6200 series integrated graphics. The iGPU will use this 128MB of cache and the system memory for graphics. The Iris Pro 6200 has 48 execution units and supports DirectX 11.2.
These two new Broadwell processors will only see a short stink in the marketplace as the two will soon be succeeded by the 6th Generation core processors family as early as Q3 of this year. The new “Skylake” silicon will be built in the new LGA1151 package, which also means we will see a slew of new 10-series motherboards to support the chip.
The Intel Skylake processor lineup has already been leaked, but the two processors to look out for here are the Core i7-6700K and the Core i5-6600K. These will be the true successors to the Core i7-4790K and the Core i5-4690K.