It was known that Intel would launch their high-end desktop Ivy Bridge-E processors in Q3 2013. VR-Zone has now confirmed through a leaked slide that the processors are indeed coming out in September 2013 and include three new Core i7 4000 series processors.
The Intel Ivy Bridge-E processors would make use of the 22nm architecture featuring high K+ metal gate core technology. Although its just a die shrink of the 32nm Sandy Bridge core, the Ivy Bridge-E CPUs would feature improved performance (around 10% increase as seen in the benchmarks leaked last week), 40 PCI-Express lanes (Generation 3.0), DDR3-1866 MHz memory support, Intel Hyper Threading, Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 and complete Unlocked CPU designs. The Ivy Bridge-E processors would be compatible with the current X79 chipset based LGA 2011 motherboards and would have 130 Watt TDP across the entire lineup.
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|Model||Cores||Threads||Base Clock (Ghz)||Turbo Clock (GHz)||L3 cache||Memory||TDP|
|Core i7-4960X||6||12||3.6 GHz||4.0 GHz||15 MB||DDR3-1866||130 Watt|
|Core i7-4930K||6||12||3.4 GHz||3.9 GHz||12 MB||DDR3-1866||130 Watt|
|Core i7-4820K||4||8||3.7 GHz||3.9 GHz||10 MB||DDR3-1866||130 Watt|
The flagship Intel Ivy Bridge-E CPU would be the Core i7-4960X packed with 6 cores and 12 threads and would feature a core clock of 3.6 GHz base and 4.0 GHz Turbo boost with 15 MB of L3 cache. The Extreme Edition CPU would cost $1000. The performance minded users would look forward to the Core i7-4930K with the same 6 core and 12 threads configuration however shipped with a lower core clock of 3.40 GHz base and 3.90 GHz with Turbo boost 2.0. The Core i7-4930K would feature 12 MB of L3 cache.
Last of all is the entry level Core i7-4820K which will retail around the $290-$350 mark. As you may note, this time Intel thought it was better off to ship their entry level HEDT CPU with an unlocked multiplier while the Sandy Bridge-E based Core i7-3820 didn’t had an “K” unlocked design. Specifications wise, the Core i7-4820K ships with 4 Cores and 8 threads, 10 MB of L3 cache and 3.70 GHz base and 3.90 GHz Turbo frequency. While Ivy Bridge-E is scheduled for September (current year), Intel's next generation was also leaked as the Haswell-E HEDT platform codenamed “Lituya Bay” which would arrive in first half of 2015.
Haswell-E chips would be based on the 22nm architecture and remain compatible with LGA 2011 socket however a new chipset would be implemented on the next generation motherboards which would allow for native DDR4 memory support. You heard it right, Haswell-E would be the first HEDT platform by Intel to bring DDR4 memory support. More details can be found here.