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Possibly unlocked Core i7 lands in BIOS list

Details are leaking out about new Intel processors, too. The folks at the XtremeSystems forums have found a Gigabyte BIOS support list that mentions an unannounced Core i7-875K processor.

Puzzlingly, the listing says the chip has a 2.93GHz clock speed, 8MB of L3 cache, a 95W thermal envelope, and a 45-nm Lynnfield architecture—pretty much the exact same specs as those of the Core i7-870, which retails for around $550 today. So, what warrants the different model number?

Some of the posters in the XtremeSystems forums are drawing a parallel with the Core 2 Duo E6500K, a processor with an unlocked upper multiplier that Intel seems to have released in China last year. Perhaps the K suffix simply denotes an unlocked multiplier, then.

The unlocked multiplier possibility seems all the more likely since an Intel exec talked about releasing unlocked Lynnfield or Clarkdale CPUs "to introduce overclocking." Those CPUs are supposed to be priced more affordably than the $999 Core i7-975 Extreme, which is Intel’s only unlocked Core i7 offering at the moment.

0 responses to “Possibly unlocked Core i7 lands in BIOS list

  1. Who cares? If that is what a person wants to do with their computer, we have no right to question it.

    I’m not going to make the gamer that wants to keep his FPS from dropping below the Silky Smoothness Threshold justify it any more than I’m going to make the developer/artist looking to save hours a week of compile/render time.

  2. Who needs to overclock? People such as me who can run production Maxwell and Luxology renders for hours on end. If my i7 860 takes 3 hours to produce a 20MP image, I discover a problem and need to do it again, then I’m effectively waiting around for 6 hours.

    How about I have a free 20% clockspeed increase and save myself 5 hours a week or something? Sure. I’m not stuggling to play CoD4:MW2 on my i7, but you know that clunky old IBM processor in the XBox360 isn’t exactly struggling either.

  3. Maybe if your compile time is 30 minutes and you want it down to 20?

    And that software has 5 different platforms with 3 different configurations?

  4. “more affordable” hmmm….considering the original 870 isn’t exactly affordable, I dunno how they’re gonna price it, now that it’s unlocked, and make it affordable

  5. You guys that are questioning the usefulness of overclocking are poking around on the wrong forum. You should probably try Tom’s site or The Underwater Basket Weaving Society might be more your speed. 😉

  6. If they need to overclock, maybe they’re actually short of time? 🙂

    Otherwise, I agree to a point. There are users who need all the single-threaded speed they can get. For the rest, just add another few cores, or add another socket.

  7. What fools need to overclock today with today’s rates and #cores?
    People with too much idle time.

  8. So this will cost right in the middle between the 870 and 975X for $750 just for the overclocking suckers? 😛