What You Need To Know About Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme and X79 Chipset

File-It-Under: Extreme Microprocessors!~
By: D.F.Skinner!~
Entry #61

Intel has just release its highly anticipated Sandy Bridge Extreme processor recently (last week) so its only fair that a hardware junkie such as myself post  all the particulars of this extreme CPU on this site.Now you should know that this is not the first Sandy Bridge processor to be introduced to the market,the 2nd generation Core i7 series has enjoyed a 10 month existence so far,Intel just took a little longer to unveil its Sandy Bridge Core i7-3960 Extreme edition.

The Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme comes stacked with high performance features,the Core i7-3960X introduces  six cores within the chip,12 threads,3GHz of processing power,supports four channels of DD3 memory,has 15MB of L3 cache,40 lanes of PCI Express support,it powers up 3.9GHz when using Turbo Boost during its overclocking phase.The Core i7-3960X uses a totally new CPU socket,a LGA-2011.With great power comes a great price at $1,000.

A processor of this extreme magnitude must of course have a matching chipset,the X79 motherboard,features include 2 Serial ATA 3.0 , 4 Serial-ATA 2.0 (3 Gbit/s) 8 x lanes of PCI Express, 14 USB 2.0 ports,Intergrated Gigabit Ethernet, Optional Intel Rapid Storage Technology.

Major manufacturers have begun rolling out the X79 motherboards as of this past Monday.