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Intel X79-based boards to be at COMPUTEX 2011

Intel's upcoming high-end enthusiast chipset to be shown off at COMPUTEX 2011

By Anthony Garreffa from May 2, 2011 @ 2:14 CDT

Intel's X79 Express chipset is set to receive some love from motherboard makers at COMPUTEX Taipei 2011. Lucky SOBs will be able to catch a glimpse of demos running at stalls. Intel X79 boards are set to be ready as early as August and Sandy Bridge-E processors roughly one month later.


What is funny is that it doesn't bring a heck of a lot to the table, some stand out things are: PCIe Gen 3, Quad-Channel DDR3 - yet no USB3.0 support, shame.

Below, a run down of what the new desktop chipset and Sandy Bridge-E processors will offer:

Sandy Bridge-E CPU Feature Overview

Up to 6 cores and 12 threads
32-KB instruction and 32-KB data L1 cache per core
256-KB shared instruction/data L2 cache per core
Up to 15 MB L3 cache (up to 2.5 MB per core) shared among all cores
Up to 40 PCIe Gen 3 Lanes (2x16 & 1x8)
4 lanes of DMI2/PCI Express 2.0 interface
4 Channels DDR3-1600 (1 DIMM per Channel)
Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 (thermal control is the only limiter)
130W TDP
LGA2011 Socket

Sandy Bridge-E comes in 3 SKUs :

Sandy Bridge Extreme Edition : 6 cores / 12 threads, 3.3GHz clock, 15MB L3 cache (2.5MB per core), Max. OC
Sandy Bridge E : 6 cores / 12 threads, 3.2GHz clock, 12MB L3 cache (2MB per core), Max. OC
Sandy Bridge E : 4 cores / 8 threads, 3.6GHz clock, 10MB L3 cache (2.5MB per core), Limited OC

Intel X79 Express Chipset (Patsburg-HEDT) Overview

10 SATA 6Gbps ports with SAS capability
4 SATA 3Gps ports
PCIe 3.0 x4 uplink for dedicated storage bandwidth
8 PCIe 2.0 lanes
14 USB 2.0 ports
Integrated Gigabit Ethernet MAC (Lewisville PHY)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise 3.0
SAS RAID support (0/1/10)
SAS Expander support
SATA RAID support (0/1/10/5)
Write Journaling
Open Source Linux support
Supports processor, memory and chipset overclocking
Supports Intel Extreme Tuning Utility 3.0 (XTU)
8-layer PCB, 2oz copper recommended

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