Intel quietly preparing Core i7-2700K

For more than nine months, the Core i7-2600K has held court as Intel's fastest Sandy Bridge CPU. Now, there's word of a new chip destined to supplant the 2600K atop the LGA1155 ladder. CPU-World has discovered product codes in Intel's Material Declaration Data Sheets that point to the existence of a Core i7-2700K.

Specifications aren't available for the new CPU, but we can hazard a few guesses. The 2700K is likely to retain the four cores, Hyper-Threading support, and cache sizes found in the 2600K. If Intel sticks to the same 100MHz increments it's been using to space other members of the Sandy Bridge lineup, the 2700K should have a base clock speed of 3.5GHz with a 3.9GHz Turbo peak. I don't expect the chip giant would have any problem delivering those speeds within the 2600K's 95W TDP.

Although there's no release date provided for the 2700K, Intel is probably holding it to spoil AMD's Bulldozer debut. Of course, we don't know when AMD's new hotness will arrive, either. More details about the 2700K may be revealed at the Intel Developer Forum this week. We'll be on-site to bring you the latest.

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