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Why are Sandy Bridge-E CPUs 3000 series and not 2000 series?

I was always wondering why are Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme series CPU named as 3000 series and not 2000 series. To me it's logical that if the 1st generation Core i7 Extreme are named as 9xx and 2nd generation Core i3, i5 and i7 are 2000 series then Core i7 Extreme Edition should also be named as 2000 series. Even the mobile 2nd generation Core i7 Extreme Edition CPUs are 2000 series. Also all other desktop oriented Core i7 Extreme Edition series names are pushed into another series name. Why and is there a reason why did they do it starting from Sandy Bridge?
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  1. Aleksa18041998 said:
    I was always wondering why are Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme series CPU named as 3000 series and not 2000 series. To me it's logical that if the 1st generation Core i7 Extreme are named as 9xx and 2nd generation Core i3, i5 and i7 are 2000 series then Core i7 Extreme Edition should also be named as 2000 series. Even the mobile 2nd generation Core i7 Extreme Edition CPUs are 2000 series. Also all other desktop oriented Core i7 Extreme Edition series names are pushed into another series name. Why and is there a reason why did they do it starting from Sandy Bridge?


    two words: marketing department
  2. Im not sure exactly but i guess the extreme editions contain aspects of the technologies and features soon to be in the next generation to follow, the naming scheme might suggest this maybe.

    Good question, would also like to know for sure :)
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    boju said:
    Im not sure exactly but i guess the extreme editions contain aspects of the technologies and features soon to be in the next generation to follow, the naming scheme might suggest this maybe.

    Good question, would also like to know for sure :)


    There's nothing fancy about the extreme edition chips at all. They're simply higher quality chips with fewer locked-out components and higher clock speeds.

    The reason why the Sandybridge-E and Ivybridge-E chips are marketed as 3000 series and 4000 series processors respectively is because they are released within the same year as the Ivybridge and Haswell microprocessors respectively. This is the same reason behind rebranding the HD 7000 series GPUs as HD 8000 series GPUs, to make them look newer than they really are. It's marketing pure and simple.
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