Sandy Bridge-E launching with reduced platform feature set?

By Jos
Jul 18, 2011
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  1. A couple of weeks ago rumors started circulating that Sandy Bridge-E, the chip powering Intel's next-gen enthusiast platform, had been delayed from Q4 2011 to January 2012. Initial speculation suggested…

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  2. Thought I would point this little typo out :)

    "next-gen enthusiast platform, had been delayed from Q4 2001 to January 2012".
  3. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 422   +48

    Maybe I am rude, but they did not have support for PCI Express 3.0 because no one else launched it yet.
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,917   +684

    Yes... Yes you are...
  5. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 359   +42

    dumb. I've been waiting for this platform. I want to get rid of my x58 machine.
  6. Stonos

    Stonos TS Rookie Posts: 29

  7. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,631   +431

  8. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Some added info (courtesy of DonanimHaber) on the initial CPU offerings:

    Core i7 3960X....3.3GHz (3.9GHz turbo) 6 cores/12 thread, 15MB L3 cache....unlocked multiplier
    Core i7 3930K....3.2GHz (3.8GHz turbo) 6 cores/12 thread, 12MB L3 cache...unlocked multiplier
    Core i7 3820.......3.6GHz (3.9GHz turbo) 4 cores/8 thread, 10MB L3 cache...locked multiplier.

    Unlike the P67/Z68 Sandy Bridge CPU's/chipset, the clock generators are not linked, so "conventional" overclocking via baseclock (BCLK) adjustment -as with the X58- is still an option
  9. Hmm. Me thinks the hex-cores will not be affordable to us normal folks. Kind of bummed to see the only affordable is the locked quad-core. Having an unlocked CPU makes overclocking much more convenient and simpler. Like AMD's unlocked black edition CPUs, which do pretty good OCing.

    I would love to see an unlocked quad-core from Intel at the same price range as the SB 2600k.
  10. So are the Sandy Bridge-E based Xeon processors going to be first to the market or the consumer ones.. Anyone know ?

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