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Intel Corp.’s next-generation Core i7 Extreme processor code-named Ivy Bridge-E has clearly become one of the most mysterious microprocessor ever. Due to lack of direct competitors, Intel retains maximum flexibility not over release schedule of the chip, but also over its final specifications. As it appears, for certain undisclosed reasons Intel recently decided to delay the launch of the next Core i7 Extreme to Q4 2013.

Instead of launching its new high-end desktop (HEDT) platform based on the Core i7 “Ivy Bridge-E” microprocessors in the third quarter, as indicated in the previous roadmaps, the world’s largest chipmaker decided to delay the release by one quarter, according to a report from Fudzilla web-site. As a result, the all-new LGA2011 platform with brand-new processors and mainboards will hit the market only in the fourth quarter of the year, in time for holiday season.

The reasons for the delay are not completely clear. Fudzilla claims that Intel wants to align the release of the new enthusiast-oriented Core i7 processors and server-oriented Xeon processors powered by the Ivy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-EP designs, but that seems rather doubtful as the positioning of the products is completely different.

The new Ivy Bridge-E/EP design, which is set to emerge later this year and to power various microprocessor products, will physically have twelve cores and 30MB level-three cache, up significantly from eight cores and 20MB L3 cache inside Sandy Bridge-E/EP. The Ivy Bridge-E variation of the chip will be the base for high-end enthusiast-class Core Extreme processors as well as workstation-class Xeon chips, whereas the Ivy Bridge-EP will be used for Xeon chips for dual-socket severs.

It is expected that Ivy Bridge-E-based central processing units will have eight or ten cores (thus will have two cores disabled) as well as high clock-speeds to provide decent performance in workstation applications as well as video games. The Ivy Bridge-EP is projected to come with all cores enabled and therefore will feature up to twelve cores.

The new chips will be made using 22nm process technology and will have up to 150W thermal design power. The new processors will retain LGA2011 packaging.

At present Intel Xeon processors "Sandy Bridge-EP" for dual-socket servers have maximum of eight cores, whereas Intel Xeon "Westmere-EX" for multi-socket servers feature up to ten cores. With the Ivy Bridge-E/EP the world's largest maker of chips will be able to offer whopping twelve cores even for mainstream servers.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Intel, Ivy Bridge, Ivy Bridge-E, Ivy Bridge-EP, Core, Xeon, HEDT


Comments currently: 14
Discussion started: 03/08/13 10:02:15 PM
Latest comment: 07/13/16 10:39:01 AM
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It will have 6 cores as the LCC (low core count) Ivytown variant has 8 cores. EP also won't be the flagship...that will be EX that will have more than 12 cores.

Haswell-E will probably be 8 cores but it might be 6 again based on the core column structure.
0 0 [Posted by: AnonymousGuy  | Date: 03/08/13 10:02:15 PM]

Intel are waiting to see killer Kaveri...
1 3 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 03/09/13 11:13:55 PM]
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Nah, Steamroller is not coming out in 2013. Kaveri is only going to "up" the graphics component of the APU, that will still be using Piledriver.

So IB-E will have nothing to do with Kaveri, competition-wise. Plus Intel is going to be quite content with Haswell virtually doubling graphics performance, putting it real close to Kaveri. Kaveri cannot be much more than 20-30% faster than Trinity due to bandwidth limitations, so the only thing Kaveri would be doing is to maintain at least a noticeable "safe" distance from Haswell graphics, in order for AMD to have any advantage at all. I'm expecting Haswell to beat Llano, and perhaps trade blows with Trinity even (especially given greater CPU power that will help it in some games).
0 0 [Posted by: Bo_Fox  | Date: 03/10/13 11:57:45 AM]
@Bo_Fox - it was said tongue in cheek. And no, Kaveri is planned for Q4 2013. And no, Intel graphics won't be close to AMD - it's about 4 years behind (which is an excellent effort). And no, Kaveri is going to do more than up the graphics - it has shared memory and GPU compute capability. But Excavator @20nm will be the one to really watch in 2014/ 2015.
1 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 03/10/13 11:36:05 PM]
I will beleive it when I see it.
0 1 [Posted by: freewilli  | Date: 03/11/13 02:10:10 PM]
They wont make it that far.
0 1 [Posted by: MichioQuietAmD  | Date: 03/13/13 11:24:50 AM]

I'm not buying it. Must. Resist. I have loans. I should get more job after summer in order to buy it.
1 1 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 03/10/13 08:14:01 AM]
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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.
2 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 03/10/13 11:40:55 PM]
Cool link bro. Looking at that, I have more self-actualization than esteem, belonging, security or physiology, yet it is supposed to be a pyramid. I guess I'm clinging on my strong childhood by a thread.
0 0 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 04/18/13 10:48:44 AM]

Dam, I was really hoping that Haswell-E would be out soon as I am desperate to upgrade and will be using a dedicated graphics card so would much prefer to have more cores than inbuilt graphics which I won't be using.
0 1 [Posted by: BW~Merlin  | Date: 03/11/13 02:44:34 AM]

This delay will again cost even more jobs and push back major IT budgets. Way to go Intel! Me and my enterprises were looking for this two years ago while you were off smooching the bloody gamer markets rather than serving the IT Professional Market.
0 0 [Posted by: Technistrations  | Date: 03/14/13 01:31:06 PM]

When and If those chips are released... I will need to open a lemonade stand...
0 0 [Posted by: zagarth  | Date: 03/25/13 12:29:51 AM]


Consider that "Dam" is something that blocks water, "A barrier constructed to hold back water and raise its level, the resulting reservoir being used in the generation of electricity"


Damn, an expression, "Expressing anger, surprise, or frustration." As illustrated by simply doing a Google search "definition damn" vs. "definition dam."

Guys, it's time for English 101 and to stop playing so many games.
0 0 [Posted by: eng1  | Date: 07/01/13 08:51:45 PM]


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