Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:12 am

Very impressive, Sandy Bridge will absolutely be the CPU in my next build some time this year! I'm planning on the Core i7 2600. It will be a great jump from my Socket 939 Athlon64 X2 4200+!
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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:34 am

I have a question: why has Sandy Bridge NOT been released to the market yet? And where are the motherboards?! Newegg still does not have either of them available for sale.
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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:15 pm

riviera74 wrote:I have a question: why has Sandy Bridge NOT been released to the market yet? And where are the motherboards?! Newegg still does not have either of them available for sale.

The sales NDA does not lift until 1/9/11. Looks like Intel wanted a week of reviews out there to build demand.
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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:19 pm

When is Bulldozer actually expected to release? Am I right in expecting it to be about 6 months away, with the new laptop processors earlier?

SB certainly looks good as an upgrade from any socket 775 dual core. I haven't needed enough threads to justify upgrading to a 775 quad, or been willing to replace the MB and RAM too, though a i5-750 has looked tempting. But the combination of SB single threaded performance and the extra cores, look far more interesting than say an X6, and I don't know if I have the patience to wait for Bulldozer or Ivy Bridge.
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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:21 pm

mboza wrote:When is Bulldozer actually expected to release? Am I right in expecting it to be about 6 months away, with the new laptop processors earlier?

SB certainly looks good as an upgrade from any socket 775 dual core. I haven't needed enough threads to justify upgrading to a 775 quad, or been willing to replace the MB and RAM too, though a i5-750 has looked tempting. But the combination of SB single threaded performance and the extra cores, look far more interesting than say an X6, and I don't know if I have the patience to wait for Bulldozer or Ivy Bridge.


I was wondering the same thing about Bulldozer (i.e. when can anyone buy one?). As for Sandy Bridge, it does make the X6 look positively ordinary at best. Of course a new mobo is required with SB and that will probably be worth it alone.
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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:35 pm

riviera74 wrote:I have a question: why has Sandy Bridge NOT been released to the market yet? And where are the motherboards?! Newegg still does not have either of them available for sale.


Some boards seem to be listed already, although not at NewEgg yet.

For example, I was looking at the Gigabyte GA-H67MA-D2H and some places like ProVantage (not to mention smaller, perhaps iffy vendors) already have it up and available.
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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:46 pm

insulin_junkie72 wrote:I was looking at the Gigabyte GA-H67MA-D2H...
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It looks like we have to give up the H67's integrated graphics and go with P67 if we want to control the multiplier on the unlocked -K processors. Therefore, I'm now looking at the Asus P8P67-M Pro.

If i were still looking at H67 motherboards, I'd consider the P8H67-M Evo for its EFI BIOS, even though it does include an obsolete PCI slot.
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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:00 pm

OK, that is fine. There should be some ATX boards, not just uATX boards available now.
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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:24 pm

JustAnEngineer wrote:It looks like we have to give up the H67's integrated graphics and go with P67 if we want to control the multiplier on the unlocked -K processors.

Until next quarter (probably), yeah.

I'm not overclocking, so it doesn't bug me personally. I'm about at the end of my rope with my 790GX, so I'm likely moving my purchase time-table ahead, and putting my AMD stuff on eBay very, very soon.
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riviera74 wrote:OK, that is fine. There should be some ATX boards, not just uATX boards available now.

There are. Sticking with H67 boards (just because that's what I'm interested in), here's a Gigabyte GA-H67A-UD3H:
Provantage listing
Gigabyte product page

Had to be careful when looking; some of these vendor listings have the wrong (or probably "placeholder") pictures up for the 1155 boards, so I'm finding myself having to cross-reference with the manufacturer product page; not that that's a bad idea in any event.
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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:03 am

mboza wrote:When is Bulldozer actually expected to release? Am I right in expecting it to be about 6 months away, with the new laptop processors earlier?

Nobody knows. With Sandy Bridge, we knew months ago that it would be released at CES (IIRC the official announcement was in November, but every source was practically certain of it starting last fall). There were reviews of it as early as last summer (this one from AnandTech is the best and most famous, but there were others on various Chinese sites). If Intel so desired, they could have released them quite a bit earlier, this release was at a time of their choosing. Bulldozer is very different -- it's supposed to be released soon (some people say as early as April, others later in the summer), but we have no idea when exactly and no hints of its performance except from the architecture.
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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:33 am

JustAnEngineer wrote:If i were still looking at H67 motherboards, I'd consider the P8H67-M Evo for its EFI BIOS, even though it does include an obsolete PCI slot.


Hmm... the next step down in the H67 line, the P8H67-M LE looks pretty good for my needs. It also has EFI BIOS support.

Sticking with the few big sites that have listings for now (until official release, when all the big boys will have listings), $105 shipped from Buy.com seems not-horrible.
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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:49 pm

NewEgg has 38 socket 1155 boards listed as of now and seven CPUs listed (no i3 yet?)
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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:03 am

They're now available for purchase!: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductLi ... ge&x=0&y=0
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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:25 am

Ahhh... i3s aren't launching until February 20 (Intel i3-2100 page at Intel); no wonder I was having difficulty finding them.

I had overlooked that part about the launch (the not arriving for six weeks part). Oops!
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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:14 am

Wish I could afford one of these and the rest of the system to do it justice. Quick, someone give me a thousand pounds! :D
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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:35 am

Nutmeg wrote:Wish I could afford one of these and the rest of the system to do it justice. Quick, someone give me a thousand pounds! :D


Hands over a 1000 pound bag of bricks.
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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:56 am

Has anyone reviewed the S-series Sandy Bridge processors? 65W TDP is a better fit to my current system. It'd be interesting to see how much difference the lower default clock makes.
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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:54 am

codedivine wrote:
Nutmeg wrote:Wish I could afford one of these and the rest of the system to do it justice. Quick, someone give me a thousand pounds! :D


Hands over a 1000 pound bag of bricks.


Do Intel take payment in bricks? If so, thanks!
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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:30 pm

Yeah I'm tempted...but I am waiting, mainly because I want to be able to utilize the hw encoding acceleration in FreeBSD which means I have to wait until ffmpeg/x264 support it. Video encoding is 99% of what I use the CPU power on my q9550 for, so there's not as much ROI for me to go to Sandybridge until the hw encoder is supported. Sure, I'd get an incremental improvement since a 2nd generation Core i7 is going to encode faster than a q9550. But it sounds like instead of getting a 10-20% increase, it could be more like 40+ % with the hardware acceleration. So, I'll wait a bit, despite the allure of the 2600k via the EPP store :)
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Re: Intel Sandy Bridge CPU Reviews

Postposted on Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:21 pm

x264 will never support Quick Sync. There's a long debate thread on it out there, and Dark Shikari seems to be very much against the idea for some reason.
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