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Intel Sandy Bridge-E Processor: Look Inside

It’s messy when it comes to Intel Sandy Bridge-E and trustworthy news about it, Intel is keeping their mouth shut though. But we did find some interesting new as the names of these CPUs have been recently unveiled by a table detailing all of Intel’s Sandy Bridge desktop processors. Starting things off, the most powerful of the three processors to be released is called the Core i7-3960X, the X at the end of its designation informing us that it belongs in the company’s Extreme Edition line.

Intel Sandy Bridge-E Processor

This Intel CPU packs six processing cores with HyperThreading support that have a base frequency of 3.30GHz and a maximum clock speed of 3.9GHz, which are backed by 15MB of Level 3 cache memory.

Next up, is the Core i7-3930K, which also includes six processing cores with Hyper-Threading support, but has a base operating clock of 3.2GHz, while the maximum frequency in Turbo mode is set at 3.80GHz. Unlike its older brother, the Intel Core i7-3930K sports only 12MB of Level 3 cache memory. Finally, the last chip to be released is the Core i7-3820, with 4 cores, 8 threads, 10 MB of L3 cache, a nominal clock speed of 3.60 GHz and a maximum Turbo speed of 3.90 GHz. This is the only Sandy bridge-E processors to come with a locked multiplier. All the processors sport a quad-channel DDR3 memory controller that can officially support memory speeds up to 1333MHz.

The release date of these Sandy Bridge-E processors is unknown at this time, some reports suggesting that these will be out in Q1 2012. However, the latest rumors to reach the Web state that a 2011 launch could still be possible, but the CPUs will include a limited feature set that lacks PCI Express 3.0 support.

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