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Monday, November 12, 2012
Intel Unleashes New "Extreme" 6-core Desktop Processor and Motherboard

Intel today made available the latest Extreme Edition Core i7-3970X processor and the Extreme Series Intel Desktop Board DX79SR codenamed "Stormville", both designed for enthusiasts.

This is Intel?s highest performance Extreme Edition processor with 6 Cores, Intel Hyper-Threading technology, 15 MB cache, and 4 Channels of DDR3 memory.

The Intel Desktop Board DX79SR, "Stormville" is Intel's highest performance Extreme Series Board designed for premium features such as 8 memory DIMMs, 64GB of memory, 3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 graphics connectors to support NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossfireX configurations, and full complement of controls targeted for performance tuning and overclocking.

The Overclocking Assistant provides single-step overslocking, while BIOS Vault technology protects the board and provides fault tolerant and secure firmware. Fast Boost also speeds through boot times and eliminates unnecessary dalays.

The motherboard is listed on Intel's website at a r ecommended customer price of $310.00.

DX79SR - Features and configurations

Form factor


AA# (Altered Assembly)


BIOS ID string



At product launch, this Intel Desktop Board DX79SR supports:

  • Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor series in the LGA2011 socket


  • Eight 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) sockets
  • Support for up to DDR3 2400+ O.C.  
  • Support for up to 64 GB of system memory


  • Intel X79 Express Chipset


Intel High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio) subsystem in the following configuration:

  • 10-channel (7.1+2 independent multi-streaming) audio subsystem with five analog audio outputs w/optical S/PDIF out port

LAN support

Dual Gigabit Intel® (10/100/1000 Mbits/sec) LAN subsystem using two Intel® Gigabit Ethernet Controllers

Peripheral interfaces

  • Six SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports (4 external ports, 2 via internal header)
  • 14 USB 2.0 ports (6 external ports, 8 via internal headers)
  • Eight Serial ATA ports: 4 internal connectors (6.0 Gb/s), 4 internal connectors (3.0 Gb/s)
  • Two IEEE 1394a ports (1 external port, 1 via internal header)
  • Consumer Infrared receiver and emitter

Expansion capabilities

  • Three PCI Express* 3.0 x16 bus add-in card connectors
  • Two PCI Express* x1 connectors
  • One PCI* Conventional Bus Connector


  • Wi-Fi/BT module included (BOX only)


  • 3-year warranty (BOX/BLK)
  • Standard Warranty Replacement (SWR)

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