Anyone interested in buying a PC that comes loaded with the newest six-core CPU from Intel shouldn't have long to wait. The Aero Stream RA9J-K43/XE2 from Tsukumo Japan's built to order brand of computers, eX. Computer, went on sale today in Japan. It's priced at ¥224,980, or about $2,380.
When the Core i7-3970X came out late last month, some fans were disappointed that the newest edition to the Sandy Bridge-E-based Core i7-3000 family was another six core and not an eight core processor. In many ways the Core i7-3970X is similar to the 3960X which came out last year. They both feature six active cores plus hyperthreading which allows them to address 12 threads simultaneously. They both similarly offer 15MB of L3 cache and drop into the same 32nm Sandy Bridge architecture. The only difference between them is that while the 3960X's base clock rate was 3.3GHz and it reached 3.9 GHz via Turbo Boost in single threaded apps, the i7-3970X starts at 3.5GHz and accelerates to 4.0GHz when Turbo Boosted. Furthermore it is rated for 150W compared to the 3960X's 130W.
The Aero Stream RA9J-K43/XE2 itself, also comes with:
- an Intel X79 chipset
- Asus P9X79 motherboard
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 2GB graphics card
- 16GB PC3-12800 DDR RAM
- Crucial m4 128GB SATA3 solid state drive
- Windows 8 pro 64bit
The Sandy Bridge-E-based core i7 processors have been called the best of the best for running threaded apps or setting up a multi-card gaming box. They are the perfect choice for high performance gaming machines. The real question for the new Aero Stream is whether users will be satisfied enough with everything else on it to buy the PC, or whether they will just buy the processor for about $1000 and build their own machines.