Report: Sandy Bridge-E to be branded Core i7 3000 Series
We had previously covered the 3 CPUs Sandy Bridge E will release with. Now DonanimHaber is reporting that the branding for these three CPUs. The three CPUs will be branded Core i7 Extreme Edition 3960X, Core i7 3930 and Core i7 3820 respectively. The Sandy Bridge E CPUs will be compatible with the upcoming X79 chipset, which will finally replace Intel's last enthusiast chipset, X58, released way back in 2008 and serving the Core i7 900 Series.
The new flagship will be Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition. A 6-core / 12-thread CPU, clocked at 3.3 GHz with Turbo upto 3.9 GHz, with 15MB L3 cache, as reported previously. The price is expected to be in the $999 range. The i7 3960X will feature an unlocked multiplier. Core i7 3930 will be another 6-core / 12-thread SKU, clocked at 3.2 GHz with Turbo upto 3.8 GHz. Unlike the 3960X, the 3930 will feature 12MB L3 cache.
The most affordable Sandy Bridge-E will be the Core i7 3820, a 4-core / 8-thread CPU cllocked at 3.6 GHz with Turbo up to 3.9 GHz. It is expected to cost roughly the same as the Core i7 2600K, but it features an locked multiplier and requires a more expensive X79 motherboard. The Core i7 3820 will surely be a popular choice for gamers. All 3 CPUs will feature a 130W TDP. There are no surprises with the specifications, as they are identical to our reports back in May.
Interestingly, Intel could also have branded it under the Core i7 2000 series, since currently it only goes up to 2600. However, Intel has chosen the 3000 nomenclature, and it is now likely Ivy Bridge CPUs will be branded Core i3/i5/i7 3000 Series as well.
Intel is currently having problems with the platform, having delayed it to earliest end-2011.