Intel Desktop Sandybridge E 2 Makers To Demo Intel X79 Boards at COMPUTEX 2011

 

Since Intel Z68 Express chipset is coming out around the corner, motherboard makers has turned their attention to the X79 Express chipset and planned to showcase the boards during COMPUTEX Taipei 2011. If you are lucky enough, you can catch some running demos somewhere. Intel X79 boards will be ready as early as August and Sandy Bridge-E processor about a month after. Let's take a closer look at what this high end desktop chipset and Sandy Bridge-E processor have to offer.

Intel Desktop Sandybridge E 2 Makers To Demo Intel X79 Boards at COMPUTEX 2011

Since Intel Z68 Express chipset is coming out around the corner, motherboard makers has turned their attention to the X79 Express chipset and planned to showcase the boards during COMPUTEX Taipei 2011. If you are lucky enough, you can catch some running demos somewhere. 

Intel X79 chipset is codenamed Patsburg-HEDT PCH and its processor is codenamed Sandy Bridge-E and together they form the Waimea Bay platform, a two-chip solution. Intel X79 boards will be ready as early as August and Sandy Bridge-E processor about a month after.

Let's take a closer look at what this high end desktop chipset and Sandy Bridge-E processor have to 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 (2×16 & 1×8)
  • 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
  • 100MHz BCLK
  • Supports processor, memory and chipset overclocking
  • Supports Intel Extreme Tuning Utility 3.0 (XTU)
  • 8-layer PCB, 2oz copper recommended