Forget about diamonds and chocolate, if you're dating a geek, your lady friend will be thrilled to receive an Intel Core i7 3820 processor for Valentine's Day. And make no mistake ladies, us guys would love to get our hands on this chip too. Why? Only because it will be the first quad-core Sandy Bridge E processor, which means it's built on top of a solid architecture and won't bust our bank accounts.
Intel is planning to launch the 3820 on February 13, 2012, according to Fudzilla . And while "Intel sometimes likes and needs to adjust the launch date...this one looks to be a solid date," the news and rumor site says.
The 3820 will carry a retail price of $285. For that, you get a four-core Sandy Bridge E processor clocked at 3.6GHz with a Turbo clock of 3.9GHz. It also has 10MB of cache. Compare that to the Core i7 3930K (3.2GHz, 3.8GHz Turbo, 12MB cache) for $599 and Core i7 3960X (3.3GHz, 3.9GHz Turbo, 15MB cache) for $1,050.