Wednesday, October 31st 2012

Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition 6-core Processor Starts Selling

Intel's newest flagship desktop processor, the Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition, started selling. In Singapore, the chip is being sold at S$ 1,425 (US $1,167), including local taxes. Based on the 32 nm "Sandy Bridge-E" silicon, and built in the LGA2011 package, the i7-3970X is a six-core processor clocked at 3.50 GHz, with maximum Turbo Boost frequency of 4.00 GHz. The six-core chip is bolstered by HyperThreading, enabling 12 logical CPUs, 256 KB L2 cache per core, 15 MB shared L3 cache, and a quad-channel DDR3 integrated memory controller, supporting up to 128 GB of memory. Surprisingly, the chip's 200 MHz speed bump over the Core i7-3960X affected its TDP, which is rated at 150W, up from 130W of the i7-3960X.

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89 Comments on Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition 6-core Processor Starts Selling

#1
repman244
by: Prima.Vera
Forgive me, I thought those people would buy XEONs processors not those extreme craps. Just saying...;)
It's a big premium to pay over desktop CPU tho, it's the same reason why I bought my X6. Cheap 6 cores that do the job better than if I went with an X4.
It is slower in games yes, but a lot faster when you load all 6 cores.

The reason why Intel has these CPU's is: Because they can.
The reason why people buy it: Because they can.
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Wile E
Power User
by: Prima.Vera
Forgive me, I thought those people would buy XEONs processors not those extreme craps. Just saying...;)
Xeons cost more for the same performance level AND they aren't unlocked. Just saying.
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#3
radrok
by: Wile E
Xeons cost more for the same performance level AND they aren't unlocked. Just saying.
This is exactly why I don't buy Xeons.

Also Intel should leave the second QPI link intact on the EE and that alone would justify its price tag instead of leaving the job to only 3MB L3 Cache.

I'd be jumpin all over a couple of unlocked 6 cores CPUs, the Asus dual socket board doesn't cost that much over the RIVE.
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#8
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: dude12564
Was that the unlocked one?
I was under the impression that the skt2011 Xeons are locked and don't overclock well (or at all for that matter.)
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#11
dude12564
by: repman244
That's an ES so that could be the reason. Trust me, if there were unlocked versions you would see them (especially at XS ;)).
Makes sense.
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#13
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: radrok
Man, can anyone imagine that thing unlocked at 4,8-5,0 GHz?
Not on air. :p
Maybe under water, but that would require some crazy thermal dissipation to satisfy the TDP at those kinds of power draws.
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#14
radrok
Yes, of course, I do have a lot of radiator space for all that TDP ;)
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