Tech reviewers in their secret labs around the world have had their hands on Intel’s new “Ivy Bridge Extreme” processor for weeks and it has torn through some of the toughest tests and benchmarks out there. Available for sale timed with Intel’s Developer Forum next week, the Intel® Core™ i7-4960X processor and family will get the blood pumping for hardcore gamers, 3D artists, video geeks and anyone who uses their computer to the max. With up to six processing cores / twelve processing threads (brains that chew through your applications) and fully unlocked capabilities for PC modders and overclockers, this CPU family has the desktop enthusiast in mind first and foremost.
This year also marks the tenth anniversary of our ‘Extreme’ processor line. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a decade since we unleashed this high end product line to enthusiasts at IDF San Francisco in September 2003.
“We are thrilled to debut our latest generation of ‘Extreme’ desktop CPUs,” said Lisa Graff, VP of Intel’s PC Client Group and GM of Desktop Client Platforms. “With twelve processing threads and four memory channels on our latest 22nm manufacturing process, this processor delivers exceptional performance for desktop PC power users.”
Expect amazingly high-performance systems from our partners such as iBUYPOWER* and Cyberpower* and many others that will be some of the most premium configurations on the market. With 40 lanes of blazing-fast PCIe Gen 3 and new 1866 MHz DDR3 memory support, this processor will deliver incredible performance and power users are ready to take advantage.
But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what our customers are saying…
“Intel’s new Ivy Bridge-E Core i7 processor family has made some massive gains in power efficiency that enthusiasts are going to love,” said Kelt Reeves, President of Falcon Northwest*. “Ivy Bridge-E runs faster yet much cooler. It’s an early Christmas gift for our FragBox small form factor PCs — Imagine six cores in your SFF rig? Awesome!”
Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of MAINGEAR* says that these new products “offer smooth and seamless gameplay while running multiple applications to give PC gamers the performance they demand.”
And Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro* says “the benchmarks that we’ve seen from the IvyBridge-E processors are nothing short of amazing. It’s remarkable how much faster computing continues to become for both gaming and real work, and the benefits in speed and efficiency that it brings to users.”
Another advantage for enthusiasts is that these new processors share an identical socket with our previous generation LGA 2011 ‘Sandy Bridge’ Extreme Edition product family. As always, check with your board vendor for compatibility, but in general this can make it easier for board vendors and OEMs to crank out new products fast. And robust PCIe Gen 3 capability means that hardcore users can geek out on two, three, and even four discrete graphics card configs. Now THERE’S some eye-popping gaming.
Three new SKUs will be available next week ranging from four to six cores and from $310 to $990. Check out more about our ‘Extreme’ lineup here.
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