3 SKUs, early September release. That is what the rumor mill has to say about Intel’s upcoming high-performance desktop parts code named Ivy Bridge-E.
A supposedly leaked slide puts the launch of three processor parts in the range of 4-11 of September. There’s three parts that are to be released on that date. The top dog is i7-4960X, a six core (12 thread) part with a clock speed of 3.6 GHz and turbo up to 4 GHz. The runner up is i7-4930K. This one should also have six cores (12 threads) but with a slightly lower clock speed of 3.4 GHz and turbo up to 3.9 GHz. The final part that is expected is called i7-4820K and should come to the party with four cores (8 threads) with a base clock of 3.7GHz and turbo up to 3.9GHz. These parts will feature 15, 12, and 10MB of cache respectively, and support for quad-channel DDR3 memory up to 1866MHz.
The i7-4960X is expected to sell in the $999-1$,099 price range, as is the tradition at Intel for the top performance desktop processor. The wildcard here is the presence of a quad core part, which could end up priced closer to Haswell SKUs, but still be paired with the high-performance X79 platform, socket 2011 and quad-channel memory. Note the K moniker, which specifies this CPU is unlocked for added overclocking pleasure. All three CPUs are expected to fit in the 130W thermal envelope.
Intel is not expected to release a new chipset for these parts, relying on the trusted X79 for the time being, although it is not impossible X89 may arrive further down the road.
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