Intel Core i7-4930K leaks ahead of launch

August 28, 2013 // 9:16 a.m.

Tags: #core-i7 #core-i7-4930k #cpu #haswell #intel #ivy-bridge #ivy-bridge-e #lga-2011 #sandy-bridge #sandy-bridge-e

Details regarding Intel's upcoming Core i7-4930K Ivy Bridge-E processor have leaked from a web-based retailer ahead of its expected formal launch next month, revealing full pricing and specifications.

Designed as an upgrade option for those running Intel's LGA 2011 socket platform, the Core i7-4930K is based on the last-generation Ivy Bridge architecture but still aimed firmly at enthusiasts looking for high performance systems. The chip is to be the entry-point of the i7-49xxx family, with Intel thought to be formally launching all models early next month.

Ahead of that, however, retailer Bottom Line Telecommunications claims to have stock of the Core i7-4930K and is willing to share specifications and pricing with any interested party. First spotted by Bright Side of News, the product listing confirms previously-rumoured details including six processing cores running at 3.4GHz, 12MB of L3 cache, 1.5MB of L2 cache and 384KB of L1 cache.

According to BLT, the chip is manufactured on a 22nm process - standard for Ivy Bridge - and includes support for HyperThreading, Turbo Boost to 3.9GHz, hardware virtualisation extensions, and SpeedStep power-saving functionality. The company's product details do, however, bring up some questionable results - such as claiming Ivy Bridge-E to be a '4th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor,' an honour reserved for Ivy Bridge successor Haswell parts.

The site claims to have eight units in stock for immediate delivery - interesting, given that Intel has not formally launched the chips yet - and has set a rather precise price of $609.13 per retail boxed unit. At current conversion rates, and including 20 per cent VAT but excluding any extra taxes Intel may be forced to pay when it brings the chips to the UK, that equates to around £471.

If accurate, that pricing places it slap-bang next to the company's Core i7-3930K part, which can be purchased for around £460 in the UK and which offers a similar six-core, 12MB cache layout but running on the older 32nm Sandy Bridge-E architecture and offering a 3.2GHz clock speed.

Intel, as is to be expected, is refusing to comment on the leaked details, but should BLT's claims prove true it certainly seems like Ivy Bridge-E is going to come in at a similar price point to its predecessor but with tweaked performance and - hopefully - thermal characteristics.

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