German tech site PC Games Hardware had a chat with Intel at CeBIT and got to hear that the eight-core Sandy Bridge EP will arrive within about six months.
Here's some more Google translated info:
At Cebit was Intel the (Sandy) cat out of the bag: The 2011er platform with base R, Quad channel memory interface and up to eight CPU cores and 20 MiByte L3 cache is produced in six months (without iGPU!) so just in the third quarter - for the fourth, the availability then be given continuously. The CPU models are powered by Intel called the "Sandy Bridge EP ", which stands for Enterprise. Fits this was one Intel dual-socket system based on base R and ergo, two CPUs - details such as clock rates but did not mention Intel. But it was based on the Linpack benchmark on Linux the performance gain by AVX, which corresponds in this case the best-case, so a doubling of the Op / s. The average performance gain off this kind of show-case scenarios estimated Intel (already known) with 20 to 30 percent, matching software was expected for this year - especially since AMD's Bulldozer AVX also controlled..