Intel's enthusiast grade Ivy Bridge-E CPUs based on their 22nm 3D Tri-gate transistors is due sometime in September 2013.

Continuing with their yearly trend, Intel will release a new generation of ultra high end microproessors as part of their Ivy Bridge-E platform. These new processors are based on a 22nm Sandy Bridge microarchitecture with improved performance over last years originally introduced 22nm Ivy Bridge desktop processors. Thankfully, this new lineup is compatible with the same socket and chipset as last year's Sandy Bridge-E, i.e. LGA 2011.

Salient Features:

  • 130W TDP
  • Intel X79 Express Chipset
  • Socket LGA 2011
  • Quad Channel DDR3 RAM at 1866 MHz
  • 40 Lane PCIe 3.0

Intel will be introducing only three models, much like last year.

CPU Cores/Threads Clock/Turbo L3 Cache TDP
i7-4960X 6/12 3.6/4.0 GHz 15 MB 130W
i7-4930K 6/12 3.4/3.9 GHz 12 MB 130W
i7-4820K 4/8 3.7/3.9 GHz 10 MB 130W

While the new i7-4960X will bring about 10% increment in performance when compared to the older i7-3960X, it will still remain a 6 core part. The die really contains a full 20 MB of L3 cache and 8 cores in total. However for consumer desktops Intel sells a cut down 6 core part only with one-fourth of last level cache disabled as well.

Meanwhile, a fully unlocked 8 core/20 MB CPU will be sold under the Xeon branding, albeit for a much higher price tag (than $999).

If the schedule remains unchanged, you can pick up one of these babies later this year in September.

Source: VR-Zone Chinese