According to news from Japan, the retail versions of the Intel Core i7-3770K, Core i5-3570K and other models goes on sale in Akihabara today.

Without much introduction, this new 3rd generation Ivy bridge is powered by 22nm manufacturing process. Basically, that means lower power consumption and better efficiency.

On top of that, the processor supports PCIE e3.0 and it’s integrated video is also updated to HD Graphics is upgraded to Intel HD Graphics 4000 and supports DX11. Quick Sync Video hardware acceleration is also improved to ver 2.0 which speeds up 2 fold in transcoding.

Although much emphasis is on the K processors, there are variants of it, they are the lower TDP versions 45W TDP “T” model and and 65W “S” models, both are in limited quantities and were sold out within hours.

A closer look at the spec printed on the box shows that it is rated 95W. Retailer claims that is it the rating of the heatsink and not the processor which doesn’t sound quite right.

So, could it be CPU rated TDP 77W but requires a heatsink that is meant for 95W. For me, i wouldn’t mind as I won’t overclock it using insane methods. Normal use should not be an issue at all.

Below are pricing of the new processors in Japan

Core i7-3770K (3.5GHz) 95W Y29,980
Core i7-3770 (3.4GHz) 95W Y26,980
Core i7-3770S (3.1GHz) 65W Y26,980
Core i7-3770T (2.5GHz) 45W Y26,480

Core i5-3570K (3.4GHz) 95W Y20,800
Core i5-3750T (2.3GHz) 45W Y17,980
Core i5-3550 (3.3GHz0 95W Y18,800
Core i5-3550S (3.0GHz) 65W Y17,980
Core i5-3450 (3.1GHz) 95W Y17,280
Core i5-3450S (2.8GHz) 65W Y17,280

Pictures courtesy of Akiba-pc