Intel’s Haswell, LGA 1150, platform is expected to hit the market in June 2013 and by then the mainstream platform will be two generations ahead of Intel’s High End Desktop (HEDT) platform which is still stuck on Sandy Bridge architecture. However, Intel will be bringing the HEDT platform, socket LGA 2011, up to Ivy Bridge level in Q3 of this year.
The new portfolio of Ivy Bridge-E products looks very similar to the current generation except with an advancement in the numerical naming strategy. In fact, all the new Ivy Bridge-E processors will be fully compatible with the current LGA 2011 packagae and X79 motherboards.
The current line-up consists of the i7 3820, i7 3930K, i7 3960X and i7 3970X. The new line-up is looking similar with an i7 4820, i7 4930K and i7 4960X with an i7 4970X probably expected about 6 months after the first wave launches.
The i7 4820 has four cores at 3.7GHz, a turbo frequency of 3.9GHz, 10MB of shared L3 cache and is partially overclockable. The i7 4930K has an unlocked multiplier, a base speed of 3.4GHz, a turbo of 3.9GHz and 12MB of shared L3 cache. Finally the i7 4960X also features an unlocked multiplier, 3.6GHz base clock speed, 4GHz turbo and 15 MB of shared L3 cache. I would also go as far to say that we will probably see an i7 4970X in Q2 or Q3 of 2014 which will have an unlocked multiplier, 3.8GHz base speed and 4.1GHz turbo plus the 15MB of shared L3 cache.
Since these parts are all based on the Ivy Bridge process they will be 22nm parts and the TDP for all three SKUs is expected to be 130W. Availability is some time in Q3 2013.