After last week's introduction of new socket 1155 microprocessors, there is only one desktop Intel CPU left to launch this year. Core i7-3970X, which is a slightly faster version of i7-3960X, will be available later this quarter. In the past we reported on features of this CPU, and, once again, they were confirmed by slides, published by Bright Side of News. According to the slides, the new Intel extreme processor has 6 CPUs cores, and 15 MB L3 cache shared between the cores. The cores run at 3.5 GHz, while Turbo Boost technology can raise the frequency as high as 4 GHz when needed. Another supported technology is Hyper-Threading, which doubles the number of threads, executed by each core. This Core i7 Extreme SKU will have unlocked clock multiplier, and work in socket 2011 motherboards.
Core i7-3970X will be based on a variation of Sandy Bridge core, dubbed Sandy Bridge-E. The next generation of Core i7 Extreme processors, coming in the third quarter 2013, will be based on Ivy Bridge-E core. Built on 22nm technology, these CPUs will come with a number of enhancements, such as support for PCI Express 3.0 and DDR3-1866 memory. Other features of Ivy Bridge-E products will include Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost 2.0 technologies, unlocked multiplier, and quad-channel memory controller. Like current generation of extreme processors, Ivy Bridge-E parts will fit into 130 Watt thermal envelope, and work in socket 2011 boards, built on Intel X79 Express chipset. Bright Side of News reports that there will be several models released in September or October 2013. The new SKUs are rumored to be Core i7-4930, i7-4960, i7-4970, and possibly i7-4990. Specifications of these processors are not known at this time.
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Nov 01, 2012: Features of Ivy Bridge-E processors
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Aug 04, 2012: Intel Core i7-3970X in Q4 2012; Ivy Bridge-E in Q3 2013