We’ve heard rumors about an Intel Core i7-2700K processor for a number of months now and it appears that Intel slipped up and mentioned the processor on the companies own website. This part will become the flagship Sandy Bridge CPU for the LGA1155 socket and some think that Intel has been saving it to spoil the AMD Bulldozer launch that is happening next month. Other rumors show the Intel Core i7-2700K being priced down to just $266. That would be rather amazing, considering the Intel Core i7-2600K is $317. We expect the Intel Core i7-2700K to be clocked 100MHz higher than the Intel Core i7-2600K since Intel likes to increase the multiplier up one notch with speed bumps like this. If that is the case the Intel Core i7-2700K will have a stock frequency of 3.5GHz with a very nice 3.9GHz Turbo clock speed! A big thanks to Intel for posting the updated Material Declaration Data Sheets (MDDS) with product codes and details on the upcoming i7-2700K processor!
Second-generation Core i7 microprocessors were introduced in January of this year, and up to this time there were no other Core i7 models launched. The line-up of Core i7 products with Sandy Bridge core currently consists of three CPUs: mainstream Core i7-2600, unlocked Core i7-2600K for computer enthusiasts, and mid-power i7-2600S. Intel today added box part numbers BX80623I72700K and BXC80623I72700K to Material Declaration Data Sheets (MDDS) database. Core i7-2700K has SR0DG S-Spec number, which corresponds to CM8062301124100 part number. As the letter “K” in the processor number suggest, this model has unlocked clock multiplier. We suspect that many features of this SKU, like 4 CPU cores with Hyper-Threading, 4 x 256 KB L2 and 8 MB L3 caches, and 95 Watt TDP, are identical to Core i7-2600K. Obviously, the CPU should be clocked higher than the 2600K, but it’s impossible to tell whether the clock difference is 100 MHz or higher. Introduction date of this microprocessor is not known. Recent Intel roadmaps included “>= i7-2600K” for Q3 and Q4 2011, and the first quarter 2012, therefore the processor may be launched during any of these quarters.