Specifications of upcoming Core i7-970
As was reported by other hardware news sites in February and March, Intel plans new six-core Core i7-970 microprocessor in the third quarter of this year. Much like the Core i7 Extreme i7-980X, the i7-970 will be based on Westmere micro-architecture, feature 256 KB/core L2 and 12 MB L3 caches, and have HyperThreading and TurboBoost technologies enabled. The CPU will operate at 3.2 GHz, which is slower by 133 MHz than the i7-980X, but the same frequency the as the fastest at this moment non-extreme Core i7-960 CPU. The first production S-spec of the i7-970 is SLBVF. OEM processors will have part number AT80613005490AD, and boxed ones will have part number BX80613I7970.
For differences between the upcoming I7-970, i7-980X and the Core i7-960 please see the table below.
Update (July 26): Fixed QPI
Jul 19: New Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs launched
Jul 09: Core i7-970 and Core i5-760 appear in online store
Jul 05: Prices for Intel desktop and mobile CPUs in Q3 2010
Jun 29: Intel Core i7-970 latest news roundup