VR-Zone has released preliminary info about Sandy Bridge-E pricing. There doesn't seem to be any surprises though; the report states that SB-E will adopt exactly the same price points as what Intel's current LGA 1366 socketed i7 CPUs use. Below is a table of the CPUs and their specs:

  Nehalem/Westmere Sandy Bridge-E
Model i7-960 i7-980 i7-990X i7-3820 i7-3930K i7-3960X
Cores/Thread Count 4/8 6/12 6/12 4/8 6/12 6/12
Frequency 3.2GHz 3.33GHz 3.46GHz 3.6GHz 3.2GHz 3.3GHz
Max Turbo 3.46GHz 3.6GHz 3.73GHz 3.9GHz 3.8GHz 3.9GHz
L3 Cache 8MB 12MB 12MB 10MB 12MB 15MB
Unlocked Multiplier No No Yes No Yes Yes
Price $294 $583 $999 $294 $583


As the table shows, the price points are indentical. This is what we expected back in April in our article about SB-E, and Intel has kept pretty much the same price points since the introduction of Nehalem in late 2008. However, Intel will not be including CPU coolers in the retail package anymore, which marginally reduces their expenses. Considering that SB-E is mainly aimed at enthusiasts and the enterprise market, it makes sense as most users will rely on third party coolers anyway due to better cooling performance and/or quieter operation. Note that the CPU pricing does not imply that the platform costs will be identical to X58; it's possible that Intel will be charging more for the X79 chipset, but that shouldn't make a dramatical difference. 

VR-Zone says that this info has come from one of their most reliable sources and overall VR-Zone has been a fairly reliable source of information lately, but as with any unofficial data, the info should be taken with grain of salt. 

Source: VR-Zone

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  • gevorg - Monday, August 15, 2011 - link

    These CPUs are made for quite a small niche market. The 8core 22nm chips should be under 100W TDP, so I rather use 2500K/2600K for now.
  • intel_is_so_gay - Monday, August 15, 2011 - link

    As far as I know there is no guarantee there is an 8-core mainstream Ivy Bridge.

    And when you think about it - releasing one would undermine their LGA 2011 CPUs.

    It's very possible that we will not see 6 or 8 cores until Haswell.
  • hiongster - Monday, August 15, 2011 - link

    These ARE LGA 2011 CPUs...
  • gramboh - Monday, August 15, 2011 - link

    He said that Intel is unlikely to release an 8 core mainstream Ivy Bridge (socket 1155) CPU in the lineup that will replace the current 1155 Sandy Bridge CPU's sometime around March/April 2012, because doing so would make these 6 core SB-E's a bad deal for most users. Intel is going to keep 6+ core to the workstation/server market for now.
  • Kristian Vättö - Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - link

    6-core isn't even mainstream yet so it will be at least until Haswell before we see 8-core mainstream CPUs. I would even guess Broadwell since Intel hasn't usually increased the core count with new MA.
  • MadMan007 - Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - link

    Dramatical? That's unpossible!
  • B3an - Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - link

    I've had a Nahalem what seems like forever and i want to upgrade to this platform. Only problem is... it's just 6 core? This is MEANT to be high-end. Wheres the 8-core or higher? It's not 2009 any more.

    So will this platform be getting Ivy Bridge-E or whatever at some point?? No one knew this for sure months ago, so does anyone know the answer now? Upgrading from a 6 core 980X Nahalem to a 6 core Sandy Bridge-E isn't going to do much. Or will there atleast be 8 core Sandy Bridge-E at some point?
  • Pneumothorax - Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - link

    With SB-E, you basically need to spend >$500 now to overclock!
  • Filiprino - Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - link

    If you want to overclock a 4 core CPU just buy the i7 2600k. Sandy Bridge-E is just only for 6 core units, and that's why you get now a cheaper unlocked 6 cores.
  • Golgatha - Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - link

    Yeah, and you and I won't be buying until Intel pulls their head out of their posterior and gives the consumer something that's a good value. I'm completely unimpressed with their pricing on this upcoming tech and will stick with my $200 i7 on X58 for awhile longer it seems.

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