Quite some information about the new Sandy Bridge refresh got leaked in advance, now Intel officially announced them. The two top models are already in stores, the third will join the party a bit later.
The top model of the new lineup, the i7 3960X, features six cores (resulting in up to twelve threads thanks to hyper-threading) and comes with an incredible amount of 15MB L3 cache and a default clock of 3.3GHz. As usual with the high-end Intel CPUs, it comes with an unlocked multiplier, which will allow for quite some overclocking fun, along with a relatively adjustable base clock (especially regarding SB).
The second chip in the party is the 3930K which comes with a slightly smaller cache, but otherwise similar specifications. The price though is clearly lower, $555 vs. the almost $1000 for the top model.
With the yet to be released i7 3820 Intel completes the refresh. This last processor is a quad core and won’t be fully unlocked, but the price will be distinctly lower as well and will be available in Q1 ’12.
All the new CPUs come with or quad channel RAM capability and officially support DDR3 1600. Here’s an overview of the new and current Intel i7 lineup:
Along with the new processors, Intel also releases new desktop motherboards with the X79 chipset and the proper socket for the new Sandy Bridge E CPUs. The boards come with all the usual features plus PCI-E 3.0 lanes. More details about the boards can be found here on the website of Intel.
Here’s the press release from Intel: