Ivy Bridge-E: Centre I7-4960X Details

Disclaimer: The next preview is based on an early on engineering sample Core i7-4960X. Intel was non involved inwards the story, as well as was non asked for comment prior to its publication. In fact, starting with our Haswell preview, the fellowship started a policy of excluding us from for sure discussions. So yeah. There’s ever to a greater extent than of that to facial expression forrard to.
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Recently, Gartner published numbers showing that shipments of PCs dropped a staggering eleven percent inwards the instant quarter of this year, primarily attributed to tablets replacing entry-level machines. Wall Street, at least, is all doom as well as gloom close the PC’s futurity prospects.
But the boutique builders I beak to nation that involvement inwards super-fast gaming systems is at an all-time high thank you lot to the efficiency of for sure processor as well as graphics architectures. So, spell forthwith mightiness move a bad fourth dimension to instruct stoked close mainstream hardware, performance-oriented powerfulness users accept roughly pretty quick components to pick out from.
None of this is word to enthusiasts. In fact, 2 as well as a one-half years ago, Intel’s sandy span architecture  was serving upwardly compelling performance nether 100 W. Those were exciting times. The Ivy Bridge architecture that followed nudged our benchmark results forrard a bit, but dropped powerfulness to less than 77 W. That was pretty cool, too. More recently, Haswell added roughly other few percent points to the performance picture, but bumped maximum consumption dorsum upwardly to 84 W.
Now, if you’re upgrading an erstwhile Core 2- or Phenom II-based car with a $5000 boutique build, the latest parts are going to experience wicked-fast, no affair how incremental the previous 2 or 3 generations facial expression on paper. The divergence is only less perceptible to those of us working with these components solar daytime inwards as well as out.
The signal is that, for a do-it-yourselfer similar me, Sandy Bridge was exciting, Ivy Bridge a lilliputian less so, as well as Haswell…well, I called that one The Core i7-4770K Review: Haswell Is Faster; Desktop Enthusiasts Yawn.
We all know where Intel’s collective hear is: the mobile infinite where those Gartner guys are telling us the low-end PCs proceed getting slaughtered. In that context, spending $350 on a -4770K as well as roughly other $250 on an LGA 1150-capable Motherboard just to hold upwardly with the Kardashians doesn't audio as well as then hot.
If, a twelvemonth as well as a one-half ago, you lot snagged a Core i7-3930K (which won a real rare Best Of accolade from us in Intel Core i7-3930K And Core i7-3820: Sandy Bridge-E, Cheaper), you’d nonetheless move sitting pretty, potentially overclocked to 4.5 or 4.6 GHz, as well as outclassing the just-released -4770K inwards a non bad many threaded applications. You’d also move using the same X79-based platform. And, with the revelation that Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge-E architecture volition drib into an LGA 2011 interface, you’re also going to human face upwardly your offset chance inwards 2 years to purchase something faster.

Meet Ivy Bridge-E, The Upgrade Path For X79 Express

Right forthwith it looks similar Ivy Bridge-E-based processors volition launch inwards September, putting us a twain of months out. Multiple models are expected, but I’ve alone seen official specifications for two: the Core i7-4960X as well as Core i7-4820K. Earlier leaks showed thatthe -4960X would move a six-core CPU, spell the -4820K hosts 4 cores. Purportedly there’s a Core i7-4930K inwards in that place every bit well, though I haven’t received 1 yet.
From most angles, the Ivy Bridge-E-based parts facial expression a lot like Sandy Bridge-E, except for the adoption of Intel’s Ivy Bridge architecture. That agency a handful of IPC-oriented improvements inwards the core, cache, as well as retentiveness controller, similar to what nosotros described in Intel Core i7-3770K Review: Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Small Step Up For Ivy Bridge. Of course, gone is the emphasis on graphics. That means Ivy Bridge-E is actually close the updated core, a retentiveness controller rated for 1866 MT/s (instead of 1600), official PCI Express 3.0 compliance (remember, Sandy Bridge-E only claimed 8 GT/s signaling support), as well as 22 nm manufacturing. Ivy Bridge-E-based CPUs should also move unlocked upwardly to 63x multipliers (versus SNB-E's 57x), you lot should move able to hitting retentiveness information rates beyond 2400 MT/s, Ivy Bridge-E supports XMP 1.3 (compared to SNB-E's XMP 1.2), as well as you'll accept access to real-time ratio, voltage, as well as powerfulness bound settings.
You nonetheless instruct xl lanes of PCI Express connectivity, divisible into every bit many ports every bit you lot demand for four-way CrossFire as well as SLI. You’re nonetheless dealing with a quad-channel retentiveness controller, though the higher information charge per unit of measurement increases peak bandwidth to 59.7 GB/s from 51.2 GB/s. And you’re dropping Ivy Bridge-E into the aging X79 Express platform. The skilful word is that your old motherboard still works; you lot don’t accept to purchase a novel one. Unfortunately, the chipset alone offers 2 SATA 6Gb/s ports, it doesn’t characteristic native USB 3.0, as well as you lot don’t instruct to taste novel capabilities similar SATA Express, which volition surface amongst Haswell-based 9-series chipsets early on inwards 2014.

Core i7-4960XCore i7-4820KCore i7-3970X
Code NameIvy Bridge-EIvy Bridge-ESandy Bridge-E
Base Clock rate3.6 GHz3.7 GHz3.5 GHz
Maximum Turbo Boost4 GHz GHz3.9 GHz4 GHz
PCI Express Link Speed8 GT/s8 GT/s8 GT/s
TDP130 W130 W150 W
Processor Cores646
Shared L3 Cache15 MB10 MB15 MB
Max. Memory Data RateDDR3-1866DDR3-1866DDR3-1600
Processor InterfaceLGA 2011LGA 2011LGA 2011
Again, Core i7-4960X is going to move a six-core role with xv MB of shared L3 cache. No doubtfulness that’ll disappoint the folks who were hoping a 22 nm procedure would arrive easier for Intel to arm enthusiasts with 8 or 12 cores. But, assuming the fellowship plans to accuse the same $1000, there’s actually no argue to give you lot a to a greater extent than complex CPU when it’s already charging $1900 for an eight-core Xeon E5-2687W. And so, anyone considering a motion from today’s Core i7-3970X tin await an additional 100 MHz base of operations frequency, the same 4 GHz peak Turbo Boost clock rate, as well as the other incremental improvements.
The Core i7-4820K is a lilliputian to a greater extent than interesting. Realizing that in that place was almost no argue at all anyone would desire a multiplier-locked, quad-core -3820, Intel gives its successor an unlocked ratio. It’s nonetheless a quad-core chip with 10 MB of shared L3 cache based on a previous-gen architecture inwards a previous-gen platform. But mayhap the additional PCI Express connectivity, retentiveness bandwidth, as well as L3 cache, coupled with the powerfulness to overclock, makes the -4820K a lilliputian to a greater extent than competitive against Intel’s Haswell-based Corei7-4770K.  
Curiously, both planned Ivy Bridge-E-based parts are accompanied past times 130 westward thermal blueprint powerfulness limits. Remember that the motion from Sandy to Ivy Bridge yielded a to a greater extent than complex CPU with a significantly lower powerfulness ceiling, thank you lot inwards no minor role to a shift from 32 to 22 nm manufacturing. Here, nosotros accept the same procedure transition, but no existent alter inwards complexity—and yet the same 130 westward rating every bit Core i7-3960X as well as -3930K. Keep an oculus on this. Power may exactly transcend Ivy Bridge-E’s greatest strength.

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