Originally Posted by Alatar
EX chips are a different beast than EP chips. The last EX chips that intel released were westmere-EX, had 10 cores instead of the 8 found in nehalem-EX and the chips ran on the lga1567 socket iirc.
SR-X would never have seen 15-core xeons. The max it will be able to run are those 12-core IB-EP chips.
...not to mention that the SR-X had other 'issues'...but the 10+ core chips, if for real, aren't just for SR-Xs...the point being that over the next year, there are going to be some mighty-fine IB-Es out there in the wild - ...something to very much look forward to
...per recent 'legit review' piece... :Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Leak: Enthusiast-Grade IB-E CPUs Slated for Q3 along with SB-E Core i7-3980X 8 Core CPU for Q2
Edited by Joa3d43 - 5/21/13 at 1:35am
Another leaked Intel roadmap has hit the internet and brings some good news for extreme performance enthusiasts! There are two main upcoming product launches, with the more interesting one being the 4th generation Ivy Bridge-E CPUs for its HEDT platform, slated for Q3 2013. These will bring all the improvements found in the current Ivy Bridge CPUs such as 22nm Tri-Gate transistors and greater overall efficiency and performance to Intel's premium enthusiast platform. IB-E will feature 6-12 cores (IB-E/EP) large amounts of cache, quad channel memory controllers supporting 8 GB of DDR3-1066/1333/1600/1866 per DIMM slot, along with PCI-E 3.0 (40 lanes) and 4 lanes supporting PCI-E 2.0. It's believed that four CPUs will be launched, bearing the following names: Core i7-4930, Core i7-4960, Core i7-4970 and Core i7-4990.