Originally Posted by Anthraxinsoup;14661137
The lower end 4core(like 2600k) will be 320USD or so, so same price as the 2600k. It will have more channels for RAM, Have more overclocking(will be a new stepping at least, hello 5.4GHz), will have more PCI-E lanes, ETC
From the charts/articles shown thus far, the lower end quad core LGA 2011 CPU will actually cost less than the Core i7 2600K. It will be be just under $300 if I remember right.
Basically, it's similar to a Core i7 2600K, but with 100MHz more clock speed, 2MB more L2 cache, but will not
be fully unlocked, hence it's not a "K" model CPU. It's multiplier will be locked, but you will be able to overclock it via the bclk like current LGA 1366 CPUs. In other words, it's arguably a bit worse, but does have the edge on L2 cache. In my opinion, it's seemingly no better than a Core i7 2600K, and almost certainly won't be better than what Ivy Bridge brings LGA 1155, so that CPU makes no sense. You have to go for the hex core offering for that platform/socket to make sense, which means if you want to get a six core CPU, you're ponying up almost at least $600 just for the CPU alone, and that gets you an entire LGA 1155 platform.
Of interest is why the Core i7 3820 has the same TDP than the other two, despite having two thirds the cores and threads, and more than the current Sandy Bridge quad core CPUs (which are 95W TDP if I remember right).
Edit: Ninja'd during my longer explanation.Edited by Princess Garnet - 8/21/11 at 6:43am