With just over two weeks to the launch, Intel's Sandy Bridge-E processors are starting to appear in listings with online retailers around the globe. What's even more interesting is that you can pick up X79 boards – at least in some countries – today, with several models being available for pre-order, including Intel's own two models.

With just over two weeks to the launch, Intel's Sandy Bridge-E processors are starting to appear in listings with online retailers around the globe. What's even more interesting is that you can pick up X79 boards – at least in some countries – today, with several models being available for pre-order, including Intel's own two models.

Let's start with the CPU's, although we have a feeling that the prices are a little bit off, as the Core i7-3930K is listed for a steep 5,800 RMB (US$912/S$1,135) in China, £481.19 (US$776/S$695) in the UK and for between 5,000 and 6,000 SEK (US$784-940/S$975-1,169) in Sweden, a CPU that should in fact retail for around US$583 unless Intel's rumoured list price is going to be a lot higher than anticipated. It's worth taking into account things like VAT here, but that only makes the cheapest prices end up somewhere close to Intel's expected list price.

The Core i7-3960X is listed at 7,800 RMB (US$1,226/S$1,525) in China, £854.39 (US$1,379/S$1,715) in the UK and between 8,800 and 11,000 SEK (US$1,380-1,725/S$1,715-2,145) in Sweden which means that the Core i7-3960X is at least in most cases a lot closer to the rumoured list price which we're still expecting to be over US$999 which has been Intel's standard price point for its Extreme Edition models in the past.

We only found the quad core Core i7-3820 listed in China for 3,500 RMB (US$550/S$685), a CPU which should be retailing closer to US$300. We're hearing rumours that the Core i7-3820 has been delayed further and it shouldn't arrive until the middle of Q1 next year now. As for the Core i7-3930K and 3960X, we're hearing that Intel will offer a very limited amount of CPU's in the tens of thousands, although we can't disclose the exact figure we've been told. The reason for this is that the current consumer SKU's are C2 stepping chips and Intel is already working on a C3 stepping, but we're hearing that the ones worth having will be the D stepping models which should have all the kinks worked out, but they're not likely to arrive until much later next year.