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Intel's Sandy Bridge E-Series in Q4 2011?

By - Source: X-Bit Labs | B 55 comments

Intel is reportedly launching the Core i7 9-series Extreme Edition sometime this summer before unleashing the Sandy Bridge E-Series for enthusiasts later this year.

A recent report indicates that Intel's upcoming enthusiast-class Sandy Bridge E-Series processors have been delayed by at least a whole quarter, now slated for a Q4 2011 release.

Previously it was believed that the E-Series would arrive earlier in the year, appearing sometime during Q3 2011. However now there's indication that Intel plans to increase the speed of the current Sandy Bridge platform with faster chips first over the summer before rolling out the elite version for performance machines in the Fall/Winter window.

News of the delay stems from a document acquired by X-bit Labs. According to the paper, the processors will use the LGA2011 socket and offer "extra large cache" to maximize the overall speed of single-threaded and dual-threaded applications, the quad-channel memory controller, and "a number of other enhancements."

The documents also reveals that E-Series processors bearing four or six cores will be paired with the Intel X68 "Patsburg" core-logic set. However platforms based on the 6-core processors will offer external base frequency generators but will keep the clock-speeds of USB, SATA and other buses locked. This will allow users to boost the clock speed of the CPU by increasing the Direct Media Interface (DMI) frequencies.

Before launching the E-Series, Intel will reportedly unleash the Core i7 9-series Extreme Edition processors sometime in Q2 or Q3 2011. Currently Intel has not issued a statement in regards to the leaked document or the release dates contained within this article. X-bit labs also did not provide a scanned version of the document, so until the processor giant steps forth with an official statement, everything is still considered rumor.

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    jprahman , February 12, 2011 1:07 AM
    So Sandy Bridge E will be on LGA2011 just like I thought. I have to wonder what role the Sandy Bridge chipset snafu had to do with this delay from the Q3 date that had been floating around.
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    kilo_17 , February 12, 2011 1:08 AM
    Get the new Intel Sandy Bridge E-series CPU's later this year! Starting at just $1,500!
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    Immoral Medic , February 12, 2011 1:25 AM
    Are the E-Series like the $1000 core i7 right now? Or are they more mainstream like the 2500k and 2600k?
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    stm1185 , February 12, 2011 1:27 AM
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    Intel will reportedly unleash the Core i7 9-series Extreme Edition processors sometime in Q2 or Q3 2011


    But how can they possibly compete with Sandy Bridge. The 2600K already stomps the 980x in many applications. Added cores at less performance per core is not an enticing offer when you are paying 3 times as much. And they already moved to 32nm, so its not like they can do a shrink and get more power out of it.
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    jprahman , February 12, 2011 1:28 AM
    The Sandy Bridge E series is to the 2500K and 2600K as the LGA1366 processors are to the LGA1156 processors. Basically still mainstream chips, but with higher end features and a higher end price, although hopefully not $1000.
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    bison88 , February 12, 2011 1:30 AM
    If they are Extreme editions they are going to be like the Extreme editions you see for the i7's right now which are practically at a set price of $999 for now until the day they stop selling them. Unless you're a sucker for those "enthusiast" editions this article really doesn't pertain to most of us because I doubt more than 10% even waste that much for a CPU for such a slight increase when an overclocked chip for 1/3rd the price will do the job better.
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    Immoral Medic , February 12, 2011 1:30 AM
    So it's like the core i7 extreme? Are there really that many people that buy $1000 processors? Cuz i'm thinking of building a new rig in march with the 2600k which kills everything in gaming so far. I just want to know if this E-series is gonna be in the 1k range or the 2600k range. Plus, is the lga2011 socket really gonna be a HUGE performance upgrade or just the new socket for future processors? I don't want to upgrade to sandy bridge if the E-series costs around the same as the 2600k and if the lga2011 socket improves performance by an insane amount. NEED MORE INFORMATION PLZ!
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    Travis Beane , February 12, 2011 1:53 AM
    Plenty of people buy the $999 EE chips, and many have a good reason.
    Personally, I tihnk $300 if the sweetspot for a highend chip. Een if the LGA 2011 are $500+, I'll still consider them if they are enough of a performance boost over the LGA 1155 chips.

    Ask anyone who uses PCSX2 (PS2 emulator), sometimes a 4GHz i7-920 isn't enouh. :) 
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    kilo_17 , February 12, 2011 2:01 AM
    Yeah I doubt they will be that expensive, I was just being sarcastic
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    middels8088 , February 12, 2011 2:03 AM
    For AMD to earn big bucks on Bulldozer, it must come out a few months before that i7 9-series extreme cores pop out... Unless they are sure it could own the i7 9 series extreme cores...
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    jimmysmitty , February 12, 2011 2:17 AM
    immoral medicSo it's like the core i7 extreme? Are there really that many people that buy $1000 processors? Cuz i'm thinking of building a new rig in march with the 2600k which kills everything in gaming so far. I just want to know if this E-series is gonna be in the 1k range or the 2600k range. Plus, is the lga2011 socket really gonna be a HUGE performance upgrade or just the new socket for future processors? I don't want to upgrade to sandy bridge if the E-series costs around the same as the 2600k and if the lga2011 socket improves performance by an insane amount. NEED MORE INFORMATION PLZ!


    Not quite. The E series is basically the equivalent to LGA 1366 based Core i7s but will include 6 and 8 core CPUs to start as well as they will not have a on die GPU, its just a CPU.

    Also i have read that the base clock will not be on the CPU and will be on the northbridge which will allow to overclock the CPU using the base clock again.

    Add to that it will have quad channel DDR3 and each channel will have 3 DIMM slots alowing for up to 192GB of memory (16GB sticks).

    I still want to know what happened to LGA 1356 because there is nothing from Intel claiming they cancelled or dropped it.
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    nodeffect , February 12, 2011 2:19 AM
    My new PC felt like an old PC because Intel update their chips so frequently... Bought an i7 and after one month the sandy bride came out and now this.. damn intel...
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    PudgyChicken , February 12, 2011 2:28 AM
    Well, seeing as I have an i7 980X based rig now, I think I'll wait about three years and then upgrade to a 16 or a 20 core Intel Extreme Edition processor...
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    jimsocks , February 12, 2011 2:45 AM
    wtf? another socket?
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    jprahman , February 12, 2011 2:50 AM
    That's right. 2008 brought us LGA1366, in 2009 we had LGA1156, a month ago LGA1155 arrived and later this year we get LGA2011.
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    jimsocks , February 12, 2011 2:58 AM
    intel deserved that recall then.
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    stm1185 , February 12, 2011 3:17 AM
    I dont understand people getting upset about socket changes. How much is it really worth not to spend the extra for a new motherboard, which seem to be getting new worthwhile features every 2 years or so. Like USB 3 or SATA 3. And if you need new ram, isnt that a good thing as it should be faster; which is the whole point of upgrading.
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    jimsocks , February 12, 2011 3:32 AM
    every 2 years or so is good. but theres freakin 3 versions of lga1155. with intel its more like 1 a year. now its like a new one in less than half a year.
    i did swap mobos for usb3 and sata6, but its not native intel, 3rd party impliments. intel should of included all that stuff since 1156 last year.
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    enzo matrix , February 12, 2011 3:37 AM
    stm1185I dont understand people getting upset about socket changes. How much is it really worth not to spend the extra for a new motherboard, which seem to be getting new worthwhile features every 2 years or so. Like USB 3 or SATA 3. And if you need new ram, isnt that a good thing as it should be faster; which is the whole point of upgrading.

    Although I agree to an extent, not everyone has the money for that and just need to upgrade what they need to upgrade at a low cost.
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    jprahman , February 12, 2011 3:39 AM
    What also annoys a lot of people is that Intel has two parallel socket line ups simultaneously, LGA1366/LGA2011 in the high end and LGA1156/LGA1155 for the mid-range and low-end. This leads to alot of people having to make hard choices between LGA1366/LGA2011 and LGA1156/LGA1155 when picking a platform.
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