With all the hyped phenomenon over the past month of Bulldozer release (which was a bit disappointing), Intel finally released their own chip to broaden the leading gap passed its competitor. A few days ago, Intel released the Core i7-3000 series, codename "Sandybridge-E".

Intel started off by releasing two new models which follow the LGA 2011 platform. These are the Corei7-3960X Extreme Edition and the Core i7-3960K. Apart from these models, a Corei7-3820 is also for release early next year. The newer chip features the amazing quad-channel memory architecture, which is able to run up to 1,600 MHz of DDR3 memory modules officially. The recent memory controller development is what makes it apart from its predecessor, Sandybridge architecture, which only has a limited triple-channel memory supporting up to 1,066 MHz. Adding to its features, the new Sandybridge-E chip also allows a total of 40 PCI-Express lanes in the video card configuration.

Although it may only be a matter of time before these new technology reaches our shore, this may bring about a whole new gaming and computing experience for the end-users. Hopefully, low-end CPUs based on this new architecture will be introduced the following year.


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