Intel Core i7-3970K for Q4 2012, Ivy Bridge-E later in 2013

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Intel is facing no competition in the market for desktop and workstation processors and if many could see there an opportunity to relax and slow down, the intel machine continues to march on .. but don’t get too hungry!

The Intel Core i7-3970K on it’s way (Q4)

Yesterday, our friends from BRIGHTSIDEOFNEWS published screen-captures of intel’s roadmap updated to include the third quarter of 2013 (ADD: early source VRZone). If we knew already about thel Sandy Bridge-E and the Core i7-3970K launched soon, this roadmaps confirms through the architecture name that the Core i7-3970K will be presented as a Hexa Core, Hyper Threading capable CPU.

It should come with a  base frequency equal to Core i7-3770K and an impressive 3.5GHz Turbo Boost up to 4GHz, 15MB L3 cache, and a TDP of 130W. Last piece of detail missing is the possible price of this CPU, but for that time to come will fill the gaps.

Intel roadmap Q3 2012 to Q3 2013
Intel roadmap Q3 2012 to Q3 2013

What overclockers should expect from intel in Q3 and Q4 2013

What’s coming next should not be revealed before the second half of 2013 in which the next series of  extreme processors known under the code-named Ivy Bridge-E should be launched and baptized as Core i7-4900 Series.

These processors will be part of the Waime Bay platform, and capable to support 866Mhz DDR3 memory. They also will increase up to 40 lines for PCIe 3.0 slots, and not loose compatibility with X79 motherboards since it will still use LGA2011 socket.

The models expected by then will be:

  • Core i7-4930, Core i7-4690
  • Core i7-4970
  • and presumably the rumored Core i7-4990.

As a result we can of course expect motherboards manufacturers to come out with models for the launch of the 3970k and then later next year around computex 203 time with another batch of freshly baked of our favorite boards.



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