Intel’s new Sandy Bridge-E architecture will together with LGA2011 replace Socket LGA1366. When this will happen is unclear, but Intel hopes to make it before the end of the year. CES in Las Vegas looks more plausible though. Model names and clock frequencies has now been revealed, and we see an Extreme Edition.
AMD’s Bulldozer is still not here, but that hasn’t stopped Intel from moving on with its processors. Despite claimed problems with the chispet it is likely that Intel will keep the timetable for its new Sandy Bridge-E, sporting 6 cores with HyperThreading, 15 MB L3 cache and four memory channels, a la ”Quad-Channel”.
|Model||Core i7-3960X||Core i7-3930K||Core i7-3820|
|L3 cache||15 MB||12 MB||10 MB|
|Clock frequency/Turbo||3.3 GHz/3.9 GHz||3.2 GHz/3.8 GHz||3.6 GHz/3.9 GHz|
We see an ”X” processor, which is an Extreme Edition sporting 15 MB L3 cache, while ”K” represents one sporting 12 MB L3 cache. Both are unlocked, which means the cache, slightly higher CPU and memory clocks are the difference. That shouldn’t be a problem for overclockers.
Core i7-3820 will be the new quad-core processor and it seems to be locked, or ”locked to some degree”. It looks like it will be possible to change the BCLK with LGA2011 processors, but this is not something we can confirm of today.
The same clock frequencies with all models we reported on three months ago.
Considering Core i7-2600K often keeps up with Core i7-990X wee look forward to the new socket. It will become clearer than ever that AMD has to get its new processor architecture out soon to be able to compete with Intel.
There are no prices as of today, but it is likely that the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition will cost $999.