Although Intel Corp. is about to start shipping its next-generation Core i7-4800/4900 “Ivy Brige-E” chips for high-end desktops (HEDTs) in the coming weeks, the company may also be readying a relatively cost-efficient six-core microprocessor based on the current-generation “Sandy Bridge-E” technology.
Officially, Intel only has four second-generation Core i7 “Sandy Bridge-E” microprocessors in LGA2011 packaging in its lineup: three six-core i7-3900-series chips and one quad-core i7-3820 product. However, this week it was discovered in an Intel document that Intel is either preparing, or already shipping, a mysterious Core i7-3910K central processing unit.
Nothing particular is known about Intel Core i7-3910K processor (product code CM8061901142700, s-spec SR0TN), except the fact that this is a six-core chip with relatively low 3.0GHz default clock-speed and unlocked multiplier. Since the chip belongs to the i7 line of products, it probably has Hyper-Threading technology activated.
Give that Intel hardly needs a reasonably priced six-core microprocessor for successful competition against its only rival Advanced Micro Devices in the channel, it is more likely that the Core i7-3910K is aimed at system makers. Moreover, just like the Core i7-3910XM, which officially does not exist, but is available inside select laptops, the chip may already be on the market inside certain PCs.
Intel did not comment on the news-story.