Intel Ivy Bridge-E extreme CPUs to launch in Q3 2013

On Friday, Chinese edition of VR-Zone news site published a slide from Intel document, depicting a roadmap for upcoming "Ivy Bridge-E" extreme edition microprocessors. Currently, extreme edition lineup consists of Core i7-3820, i7-3930K and i7-3970X models, having from 4 to 6 cores, and operating at frequencies up to 3.6 GHz. Sometime around third quarter Intel will release their successors, based on "Ivy Bridge-E" microarchitecture. We published basic Ivy Bridge-E specifications last November. The specs have not changed since then, but now we have information on specific SKUs, thanks to VR-Zone.

New microarchitecture will bring several new features, such as higher performance due to more efficient architecture, new x86 extensions, support for DDR3-1866 memory, and official support for PCI Express 3.0 interface. Remaining features will not change. The CPUs will still have Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost technologies, VT-x and VT-d virtualization, SIMD extensions up to AES and AVX, 130 Watt platform TDP, and compatibility with socket 2011 and X79 chipset. Similar to previous generation of Extreme Edition processors, Intel will offer three SKUs, featuring different level of performance. Core i7-4820K with 4 CPU cores is supposed to be the least expensive from the series. This part has 3.7 GHz, and up to 3.9 GHz operating frequencies, and 10 MB L3 cache. Core i7-4930K and i7-4960X are six-core CPUs with 12 MB and 15 MB of last level cache. The i7-4930K is clocked at 3.4 GHz, with a maximum boost speed of 3.9 GHz. The i7-4960X has 3.6 GHz clock, and Turbo Boost technology can increase it to 4 GHz when necessary. Compared to Sandy Bridge-E models, Intel increased base clock speeds of extreme microprocessors by 100 - 200 MHz, while keeping the maximum Turbo Boost speeds almost the same. With microarchitecture improvements, and slightly higher memory bandwidth owing to DDR3-1866 support, that may result in up to 10% better performance over Sandy Bridge-E counterparts. Please see below for specifications of current and future extreme edition processors:

Core i7-3820 4 8 3.6 GHz 3.9 GHz 10 MB DDR3-1600 130 Watt
Core i7-4820K 4 8 3.7 GHz 3.9 GHz 10 MB DDR3-1866 130 Watt
Core i7-3930K 6 12 3.2 GHz 3.8 GHz 12 MB DDR3-1600 130 Watt
Core i7-4930K 6 12 3.4 GHz 3.9 GHz 12 MB DDR3-1866 130 Watt
Core i7-3970X 6 12 3.5 GHz 4 GHz 15 MB DDR3-1600 150 Watt
Core i7-4960X 6 12 3.6 GHz 4 GHz 15 MB DDR3-1866 130 Watt

According to the roadmap slide, the processors will be launched in the third quarter. At the same time, VR-Zone stated that the CPUs will be available in November 2013:

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Source: VR-Zone

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There are 8 comments posted


2013-03-31 17:55:36
Posted by: Valentin N

What a waste of time! They should have focused on haswell.


2013-03-31 19:50:58
Posted by: jason

2 years since the release of i7-3930 for a 10% increase. What happened to Moore's law. Where is the 8 core desktop processor I've been weighting for for 4 years. My i7-3930k is pegged at 100% for 25 seconds applying a smart sharpen filter to a "only" 16 Mp image in Photoshop CS6. Then another 25 seconds to change the blending mode. I shoot hundreds at a time. I just ordered a FirePro V5900 used on e-bay so I pray that helps because it looks as if Intel can't. Twin Xeon's is just way out of my price range. The i7-3930k was a full weeks wage... Although it shore beats my old Pentium 200

8 cores "desktop"

2013-04-01 01:57:28
Posted by: SaarB

Take any socket 2011 based board (even Intel X79 desktop) and install E5-2658 for 8 cores single socket workstation. You'll have the extra cores, but at lower MHz.
Or wait 2-3 months for cheaper IvyBridge Xeon v2 E5-26xx alternative (8+10Cores).


2013-04-01 10:51:41
Posted by: jason

Really. How on earth did I miss that. I suppose that has been common knowledge for a couple of years


2013-04-01 04:41:03
Posted by: Valentin N

I have made a configt with dual Xeone5-2620 cpu with everything else included for 2200$.

config price
mobo: SuperMicro X9DRL-3F - 350$
cpu: 2 x Intel Xeon Processor E5-2620 - 790$
ram: Samsung 16GB DDR3 PC3-8500 CL7 - 180$
Powercolor Radeon HD 7870 PCS+ Myst - 190$
PSU: Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W - 200$
HDD: OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid SE 1TB - 230$
Seagate Barracuda SATA III 2TB - 80$
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 - 100$

sum: ≈ 2200$

This is take from my excel file but it shouldn't more expensive. I hope some parts are still available.

I hope you get a bit inspired.


2013-04-01 11:05:26
Posted by: jason

You bet Valentin, thank you. E5 2690 e-bay $850 or E5 2620 $300


2013-04-01 18:00:10
Posted by: Valentin N

2690 costs normally over 2000$ so would not trust that buyer; it's way too cheap - if it was around 1500$ then it would have been something else.

I think e5-2650 is an ideal cpu; it's an octa-core with nice GHz.

English Composition 101

2013-06-02 10:41:58
Posted by: Mentor


"Where is the 8 core desktop processor I've been weighting for for 4 years."

Weight vs. wait - look up the differences.

"Although it shore beats my old Pentium 200"

Shore vs. sure - look up the differences.

It will never cease to amaze me how many folks have all this computing resources under their finger tips but still won't do a simple spelling and grammar check prior to posting to the planet!

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