As AMD’s Bulldozer processors draw closer to release, so, too, do Intel’s upcoming Sandy Bridge-E chips. According to VR-Zone, we’ll see the first Sandy Bridge-E processors in stores on November 14. The site claims the chips won’t launch alongside Intel’s accompanying DX79SI and DX79TO motherboards; instead, users will have to turn to Taiwanese motherboard makers for their early X79 fix.
Sandy Bridge-E was supposed to roll out much earlier (back at Computex, we were told to expect it in early September), but mysterious delays have pushed back its release. We heard whispers on the IDF show floor that those delays were related to PCI Express interoperability and especially the lack of devices against which to test compatibility.
The upcoming processor for X79 sounds like a powerhouse regardless. The flagship model is reported to have six cores, 15MB of cache, a 3.46GHz base clock speed, a 3.9GHz Turbo speed, and performance 12-15% greater than that of the existing Core i7-990X. Sandy Bridge-E chips will have quad memory channels, with DIMM slots arranged on either side of the LGA2011 socket.