Speaking at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Intel announced that socketed, desktop versions of its 14nm Broadwell processor are expected to hit retail shelves by the middle of the year. This socketed version will feature Iris Pro graphics and a 65W TDP.
As you can imagine, Intel expects this processor to play well in systems with tight thermal constraints, things like Mini-ITX rigs and custom mini-PCs.
Interestingly, though, this socketed Broadwell chip will also be unlocked, allowing for easy overclocking. One can imagine that enthusiasts will throw tons of cooling on these CPUs to see what they can squeeze out of 'em.
The chip giant also confirmed it plans to release a Broadwell-based NUC, this compact system will feature a 28W TDP Core i7 CPU with Iris graphics.