blazarcher
2010-04-21T19:30:31Z

Intel is already planning on upgrading their already very successful Core i7 and Core i5 line of processors.

"Sandy Bridge CPUs will be based on the current 32nm, second generation High-k metal gate manufacturing process, but will include new architectural features such as AVX - Advanced Vector Extensions - and AES - Advanced Encryption Standard - acceleration and will arrive in Q1 next year, with possibly very limited products popping up late Q4, although depending on who we talk to the story changes."

They will be split into two markets:mainstream and enthusiast. LGA1156 = Mainstream, LGA2011 = Enthusiast

What this means to the end user is that you'll have EVEN more choices to choose from. 

LGA1156 --> LGA1155 Is not compatible with LGA1156 motherboards

LGA1366 --> LGA2011 is also not compatible with LGA1366 motherboards. Note how 2011 directly corresponds to the year that it'll come out.

We are now gonna be seeing Quad-and-Six core processors with integrated GPU capabilities. Not to mention Quad Channel DDR3 memory. 8 sticks of RAM anybody?

"The IMC [Integrated Memory Controller] will feature support for Quad Channel DDR3 with an estimated maximum capacity of 32 GB. This offers a significant performance increase, as current Westmere-based sexa-core, Core i7 980X comes with triple-channel memory controller which can yield up to 38.4 GB/s [using DDR3-1600]. With native support for DDR3-1600, Sandy Bridge processors will offer 51.2 GB/s of system memory bandwidth - an impressive feat."

Almost double system memory bandwidth, pricing is still not available but is believed to be very similar to the current Core i7's. At launch 300+ for the motherboard and probably a similar pricing scheme for the processors (300.500,999).

Here are some articles about the new line of processors...

http://www.brightsideofnews.com/news/2010/4/16/intel-shows-off-sandy-bridge-at-idf-2010.aspx

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/04/21/intel-sandy-bridge-details-of-the-next-gen/1

blazarcher
2010-04-21T19:34:43Z

I can't wait for the LGA2011 processors to come out. I still haven't upgraded to Core i7 yet lol and Intel is already stepping it up. 

I'm still gonna upgrade to Core i7 though and will be selling my EVGA X58 Classified E760, Intel Core i7 930, and Patriot Viper @2000mhz very soon. So if anyone interested in a year from now... xD

I hope these processors will break the CPU bottleneck that exist today. Even with 2 GTX 480's we are seeing a large bottleneck from the CPU side so these new processors should keep things interesting.. Imagine 100fps on Crysis.. Just imagine.

On another note, these new CPU's should also make the transition to tessellation in games much easier. 

bob_on_the_cob
2010-04-21T21:01:35Z

YAY More sockets!! [8-)]

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2010-04-21T21:25:16Z

blazarcher wrote:

I can't wait for the LGA2011 processors to come out. I still haven't upgraded to Core i7 yet lol and Intel is already stepping it up. 

I'm still gonna upgrade to Core i7 though and will be selling my EVGA X58 Classified E760, Intel Core i7 930, and Patriot Viper @2000mhz very soon. So if anyone interested in a year from now... xD

I hope these processors will break the CPU bottleneck that exist today. Even with 2 GTX 480's we are seeing a large bottleneck from the CPU side so these new processors should keep things interesting.. Imagine 100fps on Crysis.. Just imagine.

On another note, these new CPU's should also make the transition to tessellation in games much easier. 

Well this is good news indeed but what about the people who buy a CPU now. Won't they be shocked to find out that in 2011 a newer, even better CPU socket from Intel that can break the CPU bottleneck? It seems like I'll have to wait for 2011 to buy a new PC, or I can just buy one now and wait for 2011 when I have to buy new components which will probably cost a lot of money.

blazarcher
2010-05-03T01:17:24Z

Yeah because of this whole LGA 2011 talk, I'm dropping the EVGA X58 Classified for the LE version... Still gonna watercool it though xD

dlim783
2010-07-02T02:59:09Z

You know what that means? Sell your old motherboard and buy new motherboard that supports LGA 2011 Socket.