|In any case, the complexity of these 'ultimate 32nm generation processors' seems to have hit the ceiling at least in one target market. Word has it that, despite all the delays, Intel is not likely to enable full 8-core functionality in LGA2011 extreme desktop processors, at least for the Sandy Bridge iteration. Apparently the initial high-end part, Core i7-3960X, will stick with a hexa-core configuration like the Westmere-based Core i7-990X. It will have 15 MB of working L3 cache (Â¾ of the maximum 20 MB on-die L3, since only Â¾ cores are enabled), while retaining a full quad-channel DDR3 controller and 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes.|
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