Ivy Bridge Extreme and Intel Core i7-3970X release dates
Intel Ivy Bridge incoming in Q3 2013, Haswell in Q2 2012
The newest client platform road-map leaked by VR Zone Chinese shows that the next-generation high-end desktop (HEDT) platform will be released not sooner than third quarter of 2013. More over the Ivy Bride-E looks to follow the release of Intel's new Core "Haswell" processors based on the LGA 1150 socket in second quarter of 2013 . The Ivy Bridge-E will be built on the same 22 nm process as the current Ivy Bridge performance and mainstream processors and will utilize the LGA 2011 socket. Though not all details are known, the Ivy Bridge-E should feature more processing cores, memory channels, cache, and be a PCI-express 3 certified system. Current X79 chipsets are not fully certified for PCIe 3.0
We have no indications though if Intel will release a brand new chipset, along with the release of the Ivy Bride-E processors. If history repeats itself, expect Intel to release a new chipset with Ivy Bridge-E to replace the Sandy Bridge X79 chipset. As with the current Ivy Bridge, Intel released a new chipset with the transfer to the Ivy Bridge processor, though it made certain current LGA 1155 chipsets were compatible and co-op ready. We would like to see the new chipset to be fully PCIe 3.0 certified, along with other features being implemented with the Lynx Point Chipset on the "Haswell" platform.
Its not over yet as the graph shows we have a Intel Core i7-3970X proccessor incomiong in Q4 2012 . Somewhere near Christmas I think. A perfect gift, nothing more to say.