Intel has recently confirmed its plans to sell special kits of the high-performance Sandy Bridge-E processors that in addition of the CPU will also include an Intel branded closed loop liquid cooler.This is the first time that the chip maker will bundle any of its processors with a water cooling solution.
In addition to selling the liquid cooler as part of a kit, Intel also plans to release this solution separately (also a premier for the company), in order to address other platform as well.
The CPU water coolers that will be made available by Intel are built together with Asetek, a maker well renowned for its high-quality closed loop liquid coolers, and includes a water block and pump assembly that goes on top of the CPU and a 120mm radiator with a pre-fitted fan.
Both the pump and the fan were designed to feature blue illumination, which closely resembles the color of the Intel logo.
Pricing for the new coolers is unknown at this time, but these are expected to come out together with the first Sandy Bridge-E processors on November 14.
The initial LGA 2011 processor lineup will include three CPU models, the most powerful of these chips being the Core i7-3960X, which packs six processing cores with HyperThreading support.
These have a base frequency of 3.30GHz, a maximum clock speed of 3.9GHz, and are backed by 15MB of Level 3 cache memory.
The other six-core Sandy Bridge-E CPU that Intel is going to launch is the Core i7-3930K, which has a base operating clock of 3.2GHz, while the maximum frequency in Turbo mode is set at 3.80GHz.
Unlike its older brother, the Intel Core i7-3930K sports only 12MB of Level 3 cache memory.
Finally, the last chip to be released is the Core i7-3820, with 4 cores, 8 threads, 10 MB of L3 cache, a nominal clock speed of 3.60 GHz and a maximum Turbo speed of 3.90 GHz. This is the only Sandy Bridge-E processor to come with a locked multiplier. (via Xbit Labs)