Intel introduces Core i7-3930K and i7-3960X CPUs
Today marks the launch of Intel's much anticipated Sandy Bridge-E processors for the desktop platform, the Core i7-3930K and Core i7-3960X. Core i7-3930K is priced at $583, while the Core i7-3960X is priced at $999 in 1000+ tray quantities. The third processor in the line-up, Core i7-2820, has been delayed. The CPUs are already available in many stores. For example, MWave sells Core i7-3930K CPU for $599.99, and the Core i7-3960X costs $1079.99. Other online stores, like NewEgg and TigerDirect, have comparable prices.
The Core i7-3930K, with 3.2GHz stock and 3.8GHz Turbo Boost frequencies, has 6 cores, 12MB 3rd level cache, and HyperThreading. It replaces the i7 980X in the market, but is expected to outperform it's predecessor. With it's unlocked multiplier, it is the cheaper of the two new processors.
The Core i7-3960X has 3.3GHz stock and 3.9GHz Turbo Boost frequencies, so is 100 MHz faster than it's cheaper brother. It has 6 cores, 15MB 3rd level cache and Hyper-Threading. Replacing the i7-990X, it also has an unlocked multiplier, and is the new flagship processor for enthusiasts and overclockers.
As well as having an improved Sandy Bridge core, these new processors use the new Socket 2011 package, so an upgrade will involve at least a new motherboard and quad channel memory. Combined with the quad-channel memory and improved processor cores, these should provide a significant performance increase for most users.
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