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Six-core processors boasts 3.3, 3.2GHz base speeds

Posted: 16 Nov 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Intel Corp. has updated its highest-end six-core processor family with the introduction of two new processors: the Intel Core i7-3960X processor Extreme Edition and the Intel Core i7-3930K processor.

According to Intel, these new six-core processors are the first in the second-generation of the Sandy Bridge Core processor family. The processors have over 2 billion transistors and offer processing powers equivalent to approximately 365,000 Intel 4004 processors.

The Core i7-3960X and Core i7-3930K are fully unlocked so overclockers and enthusiasts who want to modify performance settings can do so with simple utilities. Based on Intel's 32nm manufacturing process, the new CPUs run at base speeds of 3.3 and 3.2GHz with 15MB and 12MB of L3 cache respectively. The Intel X79 Express chipset that supports this new LGA 2011 socket platform delivers 6Gb/s SATA ports and additional PCIe 2.0 lanes, leading to new levels of performance and expandability for high-end desktop platforms.

Users and developers of advanced applications, especially those working on content creation, 3D rendering and gaming, will benefit from the processors' additional cores, large CPU caches and new quad-channel memory support.

The processors also support the company's new Advanced Vector Extension (AVX) instructions, which benefit 3D rendering and physics.

The Core i7-3960X and Core i7-3930K are available now at 1KU prices of $990 and $555, respectively.

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