Intel's Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition Makes its Debut
Intel's latest flagship has arrived with the Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition, with a retail price estimated at $1,167. The powerful new Sandy Bridge-E chip utilizes LGA 2011, and is designed with a 150W TDP, a considerable increase from the 3960X's 130W. While potential buyers will have to manage without an integrated GPU, the powerful CPU is 200MHz speedier than its predecessor at 3.5GHz at stock which comes with a 4GHz maximum turbo boost. Keeping in line with its high-end features, the CPU also uses 15MB of L3 cache, six cores and 12 threads, a quad-channel DDR3 integrated memory controller and the capability to harness up to 128GB of memory. The Core i7-3970X Extreme has made its presence in boxed form in Singapore, with a launching rumored to be scheduled November 16, 2012.