SAN FRANCISCO—Intel Corp. Monday (Nov. 14) added two new six-core processors to its Sandy Bridge processor family, the Intel Core i7-3960X processor Extreme Edition and the Intel Core i7-3930K processor.
Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) said these are the first six-core client processors in the second-generation Intel Core processor family. With more than 2 billion transistors, Intel’s latest client processors offer the processing power equivalent of approximately 365,000 Intel 4004 processors, according to the company.
Users and developers of advanced applications—especially in content creation, 3-D rendering and gaming—will see benefits from the additional cores, large CPU caches and new quad-channel memory support, according to Intel.
In addition to the new processors, Intel launched a liquid-cooled CPU thermal solution co-developed with Asetek. This solution will provide system cooling while requiring zero maintenance, according to Intel. The solution is optimized to work not only on the LGA2011 socket, but also the LGA1366 and 115x sockets, Intel said.
Intel also released two new enthusaist motherboards—the Intel DX79SI and Intel DX79TO. Information on the two motherboards is available on Intel's website.
The Intel Core i7-3960X and the Intel Core i7-3930K are available now at 1,000-unit prices of $990 and $555, respectively, Intel said.. More information is available on Intel's website.
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