The Broadwell-E system using either a 6, 8 or 10 core processor.. We commonly refer to this as a 2011 pin processor - which is actually referring to the number of pins found on the processor, not the year in which it was released.
The 2011 pin systems main advantages are:
♦ The motherboard can use more RAM so it is easy to install 32GB, 64GB or even 128GB RAM (depending on the motherboard) which 64 bit editing applications, like Vegas. will use.
♦ The motherboard is more expandable in terms of the number of extra PCIe cards you can install. In a standard Skylake system you could have a graphic card, Blackmagic card, and maybe one other card happily working. In the 2011 PIN there is room for these plus a RAID card, and possible extra FireWire sockets, as well as another interface card. This means the 2011 pin is more expandable.
The biggest advantage over the standard Skylake system is the extra speed. For example, a 10 minute AVCHD timeline encoding into constant bit rate H264 took 10 minutes 42 seconds on the standard Skylake and 8 mins 15 seconds on the 2011 pin system - an speed increase of about 20%. On 2 hours of footage that would mean a saving of about 30 minutes for encoding. If doing a 2 pass variable bit rate encode it would save about an hour.
See our computer technology explained section for more comparisons of processor speed.