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First past the post system appears on UK site with 3570k

While a double first in any set of track-n-field events this summer will mean that the victor is lauded, applauded and smothered in gold and kisses, going early with some of the latest processors might not achieve the same result. Certainly not in the Swindon/Portland areas. Purely by chance, we came across a double first for a GB team and thought we'd share.

Ivy Bridge has been one of the strangest and most protracted launches in living guru memory.

First you can't say the code name, then you can – but don't refer to part numbers.

Then you can admit that the part numbers exist, but even though Intel's own site indicates a Q1 2012 launch, you can't repeat that.

Finally, there are mainboard reviews – but with last generation processors.

Eventually, we are allowed to put all of the pieces together, but under threat of death – whatever you do – please don't let anyone place an order.

While hunting for an old processor image earlier, one of our researchers accidentally came across a pair of Ivy Bridge systems. Now it's entirely possible that this was a result of a ‘server date incorrect' issue or maybe the information flow from Intel to the system builder in question was not smooth/efficient enough.

In either case, the Ivy Bridge kitten seems to have taken its first step out of the bag, down the long winding road toward the consumer and it's return to the dark cloth seems unlikely.

Spec and price seem real - so the chance of this being a 'test system' is unlikely. Click for details if the page is still live.

KitGuru says: Without checking, it's possible that the system builder in question was never told the actual date for system launch – and just assumed that it was ‘just after the reviews went live on 23rd'.

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