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Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Coming Near You in Q4

By - Source: DonanimHaber | B 40 comments

With Ivy Bridge-E not slated till sometime in 2013, Intel looks set to replace its current top-end Core i7-3960X with the Core i7-3970X just in time for the holidays.

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Information coming out of Turkish website DonanimHaber has Intel set to release its new top-end Core i7-3970X in Q4 2012. With the enthusiast-class Ivy Bridge-E not set to appear until sometime in 2013, it looks like the LGA 2011 socket will have something for under the Christmas tree this year!

The rumored i7-3970X is expected to ship with clock speeds of 3.50 GHz (Turbo Boost of 4.00 GHz). The six-core chip is based on the 32 nm "Sandy Bridge-E" silicon, and the LGA 2011 platform. With it being based on the 32 nm Sandy Bridge architecture, users should expect similar overclocking abilities as current generation Sandy Bridge processors. The processor shouldn't run into the thermal woes that plagued the release of Intel's newer Ivy Bridge CPUs this past May.

In addition, its feature-set is consistent with that of the Core i7-3960X, with 15 MB shared L3 cache, HyperThreading, and unlocked base-clock multiplier. DonanimHaber expects the TDP to be pushed up to 150W, though. Assuming the claims are true, expect the Core i7-3970X to supplant the $1,000 Core i7-3960X when it drops in the fourth quarter of this year.

 

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    sweetleader , July 24, 2012 6:15 PM
    I don't really see where the upgrade is compared to the 3960x. At least make it an Octa-core. The 3960x was already a waste of money over the 3930k anyways.
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    classzero , July 24, 2012 7:01 PM
    I cannot afford Intel's Extreme pricing on their Extreme Chips.
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    sweetleader , July 24, 2012 6:15 PM
    I don't really see where the upgrade is compared to the 3960x. At least make it an Octa-core. The 3960x was already a waste of money over the 3930k anyways.
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    Chainzsaw , July 24, 2012 6:23 PM
    For $1000 I would expect this CPU to be a native Octocore + HT. Does anyone know why this isn't Octocore? Is it because a special BIOS would be needed? Thermals (although I would assume with the latest cooling options this wouldn't be an issue)?

    Even though I would never buy one, or could even afford one, it would be a sweet CPU with CF or SLI though.
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    vmem , July 24, 2012 6:23 PM
    tiny upgrade compared to the 3960x. the article was good in pointing out that this product is literally released just for "under the christmas tree". christmas can't wait for ivy bridge-E CPUs... so I guess for the few out there that's getting the chip CPU on the market this year, a 3970x will have to do
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    guzami77 , July 24, 2012 6:48 PM
    I currently run an i7-990x, and have a free replacement plan expiring January 2013.

    Looks like I'll be picking this one up.. but I dont see any reason anyone else would.
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    eddieroolz , July 24, 2012 6:59 PM
    The real news here isn't the 100MHz higher standard clock, but the fact that this may mean a new stepping for Sandy Bridge-E.
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    classzero , July 24, 2012 7:01 PM
    I cannot afford Intel's Extreme pricing on their Extreme Chips.
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    xtreme5 , July 24, 2012 7:03 PM
    HAHA! only BILL-GATES can afford to buy all those chips.
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    dragonsqrrl , July 24, 2012 7:06 PM
    ChainzsawFor $1000 I would expect this CPU to be a native Octocore + HT. Does anyone know why this isn't Octocore? Is it because a special BIOS would be needed? Thermals (although I would assume with the latest cooling options this wouldn't be an issue)?Even though I would never buy one, or could even afford one, it would be a sweet CPU with CF or SLI though.

    I mentioned this in the 3960x review, but I don't think there's any TDP headroom left for an octa core at 32nm while maintaining the higher clocks expected of i7's. When you look at the eight core Xeons they're all clocked significantly lower, the highest being clocked at 3.1GHz with a 150W TDP.

    This makes sense, given the different target markets for the two lineups. The Xeons put more emphasis on wide execution, and the workloads tend to benefit much more from absolute thread count as opposed to absolute clocks. While thread count is still important for the LGA 2011 i7's, it's ultimately targeted at consumer/semipro applications which still tend to favor higher clocks (this is quickly changing though). It's basically a balance between Xeon and LGA1155 i7's. I would certainly like to see an octa-core i7, but like I said in that initial 3960x review, it probably won't be possible until Ivy Bridge-E.
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    dragonsqrrl , July 24, 2012 7:11 PM
    eddieroolzThe real news here isn't the 100MHz higher standard clock, but the fact that this may mean a new stepping for Sandy Bridge-E.

    It's 200MHz, but I think the biggest thing to take away from this is that we probably won't be seeing Ivy Bridge-E anytime soon.
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    eddieroolz , July 24, 2012 7:15 PM
    dragonsqrrlIt's 200MHz, but I think the biggest thing to take away from this is that we probably won't be seeing Ivy Bridge-E anytime soon.


    My bad, 200MHz it is. And yes, you're right, we probably won't see Ivy Bridge-E soon, if ever.
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    dragonsqrrl , July 24, 2012 7:30 PM
    eddieroolzwe probably won't see Ivy Bridge-E soon, if ever.

    And that's definitely another thing to consider. Does this suggest there won't be an Ivy Bridge-E, at all? That would certainly hurt the longevity of the LGA2011 platform.
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    Anonymous , July 24, 2012 7:50 PM
    wtf i am still using intel core 2 duoe8300 2.9ghz and 4gb ram ,amd 5750 .its like iam using prehistoric computer
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    goodguy713 , July 24, 2012 7:55 PM
    varun270588wtf i am still using intel core 2 duoe8300 2.9ghz and 4gb ram ,amd 5750 .its like iam using prehistoric computer


    did you find any dinosaur bones in your case?
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    izajasz , July 24, 2012 7:58 PM
    Does it support native PCIE 3.0 ?????
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    spookyman , July 24, 2012 8:20 PM
    Another consideration.

    Do we not expect to see Haswell out next year?
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    11796pcs , July 24, 2012 8:23 PM
    varun270588wtf i am still using intel core 2 duoe8300 2.9ghz and 4gb ram ,amd 5750 .its like iam using prehistoric computer

    Your PC is still probably better than 97% of the world. Be thankful for what you have and make sure you give away your parts when you upgrade to someone who will enjoy t[hem.
    john_4Waste of $

    Exactly.
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    rantoc , July 24, 2012 8:24 PM
    dragonsqrrlAnd that's definitely another thing to consider. Does this suggest there won't be an Ivy Bridge-E, at all? That would certainly hurt the longevity of the LGA2011 platform.


    Considering that Ivy was more of a efficiency upgrade with just a tad more performance i doubt that the Ivy-E will be total buster for the -e series.
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    devBunny , July 24, 2012 8:25 PM
    varun270588wtf i am still using intel core 2 duoe8300 2.9ghz and 4gb ram ,amd 5750 .its like iam using prehistoric computer


    Two cores? Looxury. I were slaving away on Pentium 4 'til earlier this year.

    Mind you, I got this 3970's baby brother, for a 16x improvement in performance, so I can't complain now. ;-)
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