Overclockers who decided to save a little jingle by opting for Intel's socket 1156 platform rather than jump on a pricier X58 foundation (socket 1366) are being rewarded with a second unlocked chip to play around with.
We found out earlier this week that Intel plans on releasing a Core i7 875K part, which is essentially the same as the existing Core i7 870, but with an unlocked multiplier. Now we've learned that there will be another, less expensive unlocked chip, the Core i5 655K.
This CPU will be identical to the Core i5 650 part, except that it comes with an unlocked multiplier. For those of you new to the overclocking scene, an unlocked processor allows the end-user can jack up the multiplier above its stock setting, which in some cases can lead to easier overclocking without stressing any other subsystems.
Like the Core i7 875K, the Core i5 650K is expected to surface in early June.
In recent years, both major chip makers have taken to locking down all but just a select few processors. For Intel, only pricey Extreme Edition processors come multiplier unlocked, none of which appear on the LGA1156 platform. That's going to change.
There's also no word on the frequency. As a point of comparison, the Core i7 870 runs at 2.93GHz, and we wouldn't expect the 875K to come clocked any lower. What we do know is that the quad-core part will come with a 95W TDP, Turbo Boost, and dual-channel DDR3-1333 support.
Holy smoke, somebody was ready for Intel to launch its socket 1156-based Core i5/i7 platform. EVGA, best known for its videocards but who has also churned out a handful of high-end motherboards, today announced not one, not two, but SEVEN P55-based mobos.
Taking up the flagship position is EVGA's P55 Classified 200. Sporting a sexy red and black color scheme, the P55 Classified is aimed at the "ultra enthusiast" and includes mounting holes for both LGA 775- and LGA 1156-based heatsinks. It also brings to the table a 10 phase digital PWM, Vdroop control, EVGA's E-LEET overclocking utility, onboard Clear CMOS, Power, and Reset buttons, 300 percent more socket gold (bling!), an onboard CPU temp monitor, lower inductance capacitors, and several other marketing bullets that will hit hardcore overclockers squarely between the eyes.
Way on the other side of the spectrum sits EVGA's P55 Micro LE, an entry-level board that still manages to pack a 6+1 phase PWM, Vdroop control, one-touch overclocking (EVGA Dummy OC), several dedicated read points to measure voltages with your voltmeter, and more.
Other boards -- specs of which you can check out here -- include the P55 Micro, P55 LE, P55 SLI, P55 FTW, and P55 FTW 200.
While you sit around and wait about another month for Intel's launch of Core i5 and new socket 1156-based Core i7 processors, PC builders living in China and Taiwan can already purchase the new parts, says news and rumor site DigiTimes. Citing un-named market sources, DigiTimes says Core i5 750, Core i7 860, and Core i7 870 processors along with P55-based motherboards are already available in small volumes in some retail channels in Taiwan and China, while the rest of us will have to wait until September 6.
Take these prices with a grain of salt, but at the current exchange rate, Core i5 750 (2.6GHz, *MB L3 cache) is selling for about $206. The Core i7 860 (2.8Ghz, 8MB L3 cache) comes to about $303, and the Core i7 860 (2.93GHz, 3MB L3 cache) is selling for around $575, the sources said.
On the motherboard front, P55-based boards from Gigabyte range anywhere from $165 to $280, with MSI is selling P55 boards for anywhere from $150 to $245 depending on features.