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The title says it all.

Since early to mid 2012, we've been hearing about a rumored 3980X but because of delay after delay, we never got it. All we got was the 3970X which was kind of a slap in the face towards the end of last year. In Janurary, we got a couple rumors of them still working on a 3980X 8 core processor but with the imminent launch of Ivy Bridge - E in September, does it really make any sense for them to actually launch the 3980X? With Ivy Bridge-E, it'll probably be relatively easily hit 5.0 Ghz on water. Then it comes down to a 5Ghz 6 core chip vs a 4.6 Ghz 8 core chip. Also, I wonder how price will be a factor in all of this. If the 4960X comes in a $999, will the 3980X also share that $999 price point?

I'm beginning to think that they'll just skip the 3980X all together and go for a 4980X and 4990X as rumored. They run cooler, will stay within the TPD much better.

Unless they only release a 6 core version of the 4960X and nothing better, I could see why someone might opt for the "older" 3980X with 8 cores.
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No there won't be, especially since it's been rumored that IVE-E for regular desktops will be 6 cores as well.

3970x is the top dog for SB-E besides the Xeon E5-2690(8 core)
    
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http://www.legitreviews.com/news/14815/

But what about the talk about the 4990, on top of the 4960 and 4970. And are you going to disregard the rumor completely? Why or why not?
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I'm going to disregard to the fact there is no need to release an 3980x. I don't think it could be done. The 3970x already has a TDP of 150w, imagine the TDP of an unlocked 8 core 3980x?

Reading around here, there is only going to be a 6 core IVY-E and it won't be a huge jump in performance over SB-E's 6 cores.
    
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I'm going to disregard to the fact there is no need to release an 3980x. I don't think it could be done. The 3970x already has a TDP of 150w, imagine the TDP of an unlocked 8 core 3980x?

Reading around here, there is only going to be a 6 core IVY-E and it won't be a huge jump in performance over SB-E's 6 cores.

See, that's what I'm thinking but at the same time, this is an extreme chip. TDP really shouldn't make any difference for the most of us on this site anyway. I pull over 300W on my 3960X. I only run into thermal issues at anything over 1.5v. If they clock a 3980X @ 3.8 turbo with a low voltage, I would think they should be able to stay within the 150W TDP. Our chips heat up much more with voltage than core speeds.

Ironically, I felt like my 3960X ran relatively cooler than my 2600K. My 2600K ran hot regardless of my radiator capacity while the 3960X OC stayed cool until I hit the radiator capacity limit. Small surface area of the 2600 vs overall heat output of the 3960. The larger heat spreader and surface area does wonders with a good waterblock.
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Would be nice, but IVE-E is very close as is. So I think no doubt, there won't be a 3980x.
    
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Would be nice, but IVE-E is very close as is. So I think no doubt, there won't be a 3980x.

Actually, I think it will come out, however, all rumors point to it being released AFTER IB-E
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Actually, I think it will come out, however, all rumors point to it being released AFTER IB-E

Interesting. Maybe after they discontinue the SB based Xeons that supply the SB-E line, they'll just use the 8 core versions and charge $1000 for them as a 3980X while moving the new enterprise customers to Ivy based Xeons?
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http://www.legitreviews.com/news/14815/

But what about the talk about the 4990, on top of the 4960 and 4970. And are you going to disregard the rumor completely? Why or why not?

Its all talk
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Interesting. Maybe after they discontinue the SB based Xeons that supply the SB-E line, they'll just use the 8 core versions and charge $1000 for them as a 3980X while moving the new enterprise customers to Ivy based Xeons?

I never thought of that, Seems like a logical move to push the old stock of chips
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