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2nd-gen Intel Core i7 processors contain 2 billion transistors

16 Nov 2011

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Intel Corp. has introduced the Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition and the Intel Core i7-3930K, the first processors in the second-generation "Sandy Bridge" Intel Core processor family. With over 2 billion transistors, the devices carry the processing power equivalent of approximately 365,000 Intel 4004 processors.

According to the company, users and developers of advanced applications—especially in content creation, 3D rendering and gaming—will realize benefits from the additional cores, large CPU caches and new quad-channel memory support that the two new processors bring. The Intel Core i7-3960X and the Intel Core i7-3930K are fully unlocked so that overclockers and enthusiasts who want to modify performance settings can do so with simple utilities, Intel added.

Based on Intel's 32nm manufacturing process, the Intel Core i7-3960X runs at a base speed of 3.3GHz with 15MB of L3 cache, while the Intel Core i7-3930K runs at 3.2GHz with 12MB of L3 cache. Supporting these new processors is the Intel X79 Express chipset that provides 6Gb/s SATA ports and additional PCIe 2.0 lanes.

The Intel Core i7-3960X and Intel Core i7-3930K are available at 1KU prices of $990 and $555, respectively.

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