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Intel Corp. on Monday introduced new ultra high-end “Sandy Bridge-E” microprocessors as well as new LGA2011 platform designed for enthusiasts. With up to six cores, Hyper-Threading technology, quad-channel memory controller and latest Sandy Bridge micro-architecture the new central processing units (CPUs) are the highest-performing desktop chips currently available.

“We are excited to deliver the ultimate desktop platform to enthusiast PC users. With uncompromised performance, quad channel memory, amazing Turbo headroom and more robust PCI Express capabilities, this platform is sure to create a lot of excitement for our customers and the industry,” said Zane Ball, general manager for Intel’s desktop client platforms group.

The first Core i-series “Sandy Bridge-E” microprocessors to be released are Intel Core i7-3960X processor Extreme Edition (6 cores, 3.30GHz/3.90GHz, 15MB cache) and the Intel Core i7-3930K (6 cores, 3.20GHz/3.80GHz. 12MB cache) chips. The enthusiast-class central processing units have quad-channel memory controllers and require mainboards based on Intel X79 core-logic with LGA2011 socket. The Intel Core i7-3960X and the Intel Core i7-3930K are fully unlocked so overclockers and enthusiasts who want to modify performance settings can do so with simple utilities. Later on Intel will expand the family of LGA2011 microprocessors.


According to Intel’s own estimates, the new microprocessors from enthusiasts deliver from 12% to 65% higher performance compared to previous-generation extreme chips. Thanks to Sandy Bridge micro-architecture and other improvements, the new chips will offer tangible performance boosts compared to existing offerings from Intel.

With over 2 billion transistors, Intel’s latest client processors offer the processing power equivalent of approximately 365 thousand Intel 4004 processors. The 40th anniversary of the Intel microprocessor is being celebrated this month.

In addition to the new processors, Intel is launching a liquid-cooled CPU thermal solution. Co-developed with Asetek, this solution will provide robust system cooling while requiring zero maintenance. This solution has been optimized to work not only on the LGA2011 socket, but also the LGA1366 and 1155/1156 sockets. Intel is also releasing two new enthusaist motherboards - the Intel DX79SI and Intel DX79TO.

The Intel Core i7-3960X and the Intel Core i7-3930K are available now at 1000-unit quantities prices of $990 and $555, respectively.

According to Intel's internal estimates, Sandy Bridge E-series microprocessors will account for about 1% - 2% of Intel's desktop processor shipments by volume in 2H 2011. By contrast, Sandy Bridge chips for mainstream PCs will represent a half of Intel's desktop shipments in the second half of 2011.

Tags: Intel, Core, Sandy Bridge E, LGA2011, Sandy Bridge-E, Sandy Bridge, 32nm


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Discussion started: 11/14/11 08:29:38 PM
Latest comment: 11/15/11 03:31:06 PM
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0 3 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 11/14/11 08:29:38 PM]
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...if you're crazy enough to go out and buy the 3960X that is. Slapping down 10 benjamins for one proc is something only ppl out for braggin' rights will do. However, even with the current crop of somewhat-castrated-in-functionality single socket X79 boards and SB-E procs, I can easily see these babies being put to good use in workstations. SB-E just blazes through the benches when the thread count is being cranked up.
0 0 [Posted by: sanity  | Date: 11/14/11 09:44:23 PM]
Can you post that link that SB-E is a hacked server platform so i can read it

You can buy Core i7-3930K at @550 dollars


But still Core i7 3900K is better
Check this Benchmark


1 0 [Posted by: xentar  | Date: 11/14/11 10:15:46 PM]
0 2 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 11/14/11 10:20:22 PM]
Thanks for the Link, Looks like SB-E is an Introductory Chip with feature will be available when Iv Bridge arrives. It might not be a good choice for enthusiasts cause the are waiting for 22nm Ivy Bridge early Next Year.

As Your link Said. "Sandy-E will definitely be the fastest CPU on the street" there might not be many Application Supported 8 core 12 core Processor, however benchmark said application support multitreaded really benefit 6 to 12 core processor but Intel able to do better against AMD FX 8150.

AMD FX 8150 offers around $350 Intel might battle that price using the i7 3820
1 0 [Posted by: xentar  | Date: 11/14/11 10:54:25 PM]
You call that "reality bites for the fanboiis"? S|A's write-up is your usual Charlie Demerijan's Intel hate drivel (he makes some painfully gross errors there, really), and Anand's article is far too nuanced to pass as such ("As we showed here, some of the gains in threaded apps exceed 50% over a standard Sandy Bridge. That's tangible performance to those who can use it".
1 0 [Posted by: sanity  | Date: 11/15/11 08:07:28 AM]
I do believe is SB-E is a serious Performer, only if you can buy, im sure it will be Benchmark Show off over your Friends.
1 0 [Posted by: xentar  | Date: 11/15/11 03:29:34 PM]
forgot the FX, look at the value proposition vs the 2500k or 2600k. its ludicrous.
17% faster on average at 400% higher costs. and thats excluding the ludicrously expensive motherboard and memory kits.
0 1 [Posted by: Countess  | Date: 11/15/11 07:15:17 AM]
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0 3 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 11/15/11 07:57:14 AM]
Of course you won't be gaining much extra performance, let alone performance per dollar, if you're foolish enough to restrict a SB-E Extreme CPU priced at $1000 to a few single-threaded apps. These kind of CPUs thrive on lots of data and instructions (read: threads) to chew on, so that's what one's got to feed them.

Oh, and as for your usual rant against quad channel; while it is gross overkill for the average joe desktop scenario, quad channel _ís_ the way to go if one wants to stuff loads of RAM at the CPU socket. And if I remember correctly, DDR4 is rumoured to be a point-to-point technology, so the channel count might go up even further in the future, unless the tech firms manage to get stacked RAM (TVS, HMC etc.) out of the door in a timely fashion.
0 0 [Posted by: sanity  | Date: 11/15/11 08:23:19 AM]
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0 3 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 11/15/11 09:03:42 AM]
As noted above, in its current state it is indeed not really much of a server platform (you'll have to wait for the revision silicon for the full-fledged 2P SB-E platform), but it's still quite usable for workstation purposes. And you simply cannot stop the posers out there trying to get their hands on the most expensive HW for bragging rights and e-peen. SB-E for the desktop enthousiast isn't going to be a mass volume market product anyway, so one shouldn't feel sorry for those ppl imo.

Also, AMD needs to step it up; speaking out of own experience, waiting 1,5 years from announcement of socket G34 CPU's and mobo's till actual release, is a damn good way of driving ppl to the other camp. But point taken: consumers do need to know better what kind of rigs and computing power best suits their needs, and buy the HW accordingly.
1 0 [Posted by: sanity  | Date: 11/15/11 10:13:14 AM]
I would rather buy Xeon base Chip for Server than SB-E
1 0 [Posted by: xentar  | Date: 11/15/11 03:31:06 PM]


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