The guys over at BottomLine Telecommunications have always been the ones to reveal certain manufacturers’ plans ahead of their actual launches. I recall this happening many times over the years where a certain product would enter their database and be put up immediately since their distributors had given them pricing and availability.
As such, today’s announcement comes as no surprise that BLT has the unreleased and unlaunched Core i7 4930K CPU, which is Intel’s Ivy Bridge-E platform. Keep in mind that Ivy Bridge-E is a high performance platform and it is architecturally one generation behind the Core i7 4770 and 4670 CPUs in the mainstream even though they appear to be part of the same product family based on product numbering schemes. Intel also won’t be releasing any new motherboards with Ivy Bridge-E so this launch is more of a drop-in upgrade launch of sorts. Personally, I think that Ivy Bridge-E is too damn late, but the truth is that Intel has no competition in the high-end and they have no incentive to cannibalize their high-end sales which bring in high margins.
Now, getting to the Core i7-4930K, this is the lower bin of the i7-4900 series, which if Intel follows their previous product naming scheme will result in being the second fastest and most expensive CPU they sell to consumers. We expect a Core i7-4960X to come along as well, but perhaps we’ll only see that at launch. This CPU is currently retailing for $609.13 which is obviously an incredibly specific price because that is the expected price that the distributors have quoted BLT with (I have had prior experiences with prelaunch product purchased from BLT). This CPU will once again be a hexa-core (6-core) CPU like the Sandy Bridge-E generation but will be a 22nm chip compared to the Core i7 3930K‘s 32nm process. Both the Core i7-4930K and 3930K have 12MB of L3 Cache, but the Core i7 4930K will be a 3.4 GHz CPU versus the 3.2 GHz of the 3930K.
As expected, the CPU will be socket LGA 2011, meaning that it will fit into the same X79 motherboards from before, but some will likely require BIOS microcode updates to support the new CPU/s. Since pricing of this CPU has already leaked, we expect an official launch to come sometime soon, probably before or during IDF.