Monday, June 13, 2011

No Core i8 for Sandy Bridge-E

The E-Sandy Bridge will be part of the Core i7 processor family. Despite the new chipset, Socket LGA 2011 and the new architecture, Intel has not seen fit to create a new family of processors Core i8 and i9. Xbit Labs is reporting of news after having received, he said, internal documents. With each new architecture, the same rumor resurfaced.

Intel could create a new product line to mark the break. In 2009, some thought that would Gulftown Core i9. In 2011, Sandy Bridge-E are again the subject of similar noises. Nevertheless, Intel's decision to call the Core i7 is normal and beneficial. Intel is often criticized for its complexity provides a nomenclature using too broad and confusing.

By creating a new family, it only adds to the problem. In addition, the Core i7 enjoy an excellent reputation. They are perceived as high-end processors. This is exactly the market that aims to Sandy Bridge-E. Finally, there are now only three Core i7 Sandy Bridge (the 2600K, 2600 and 2600).

Intel still has much room to add new models. Xbit labs also confirmed the information he relayed last May (see "No increase in frequency for Sandy Bridge-E"). The highest-end E-Sandy Bridge will be a model clocked at 3.30 GHz and have a turbo boost of 3.9 GHz, which we did say that Intel seems to be confident in its architecture, the Core i7-990x, already on sale, with very similar frequencies.

There is no frequency of breaks that would justify a new family of core i. It also confirms that the two will hexacore completely unblocked. The quad core will be operating at 3.6 GHz, will be partially released. This means in principle that memory is not adjustable and the rise in frequency is limited by Intel in a number of bins (not 100 MHz, Ed) that can be added to the initial frequency (cf.

"Overclocking changes the Sandy Bridge").

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