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Intel Sandy Bridge E Review

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stanonwheels 15th November 2011, 17:11 Quote
My old 950's been running virtually non stop on a 4Ghz OC since launch. I was hoping it'd explode in time to justify socket 2011, but now, not so much.

Cranking a 2600K to 5Ghz looks much more interesting anyway :)
MjFrosty 15th November 2011, 17:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by Spreadie
The E is for E-Peen.

lol!

I may upgrade from my 965 still.. just finding it hard to justify it:|
RichCreedy 15th November 2011, 18:28 Quote
i'm still on a core 2 qx6850 quad core @3Ghz, and does everything i need it too, although, it is showing it's age.
GiantKiwi 16th November 2011, 04:47 Quote
my lust for RAM is likely going to mean a jump up to SB-E just to have the 64GB option available, but will wait for the quad version to come out, in the hope it will be sub 400 quid.
Pookeyhead 16th November 2011, 08:37 Quote
Really unsure what to do now. Build 2011 and hope IB E is compatible. Build 1155 and upgrade to IB, or do nothing and way for the new Z77 chipset before I make up my mind.

Bollox. I thought this was going to be simple.
shaunster1011 16th November 2011, 11:28 Quote
Ask yourself why you want to upgrade, that may help? You already have a fast CPU there :D
xaser04 16th November 2011, 12:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pookeyhead
Really unsure what to do now. Build 2011 and hope IB E is compatible. Build 1155 and upgrade to IB, or do nothing and way for the new Z77 chipset before I make up my mind.

Bollox. I thought this was going to be simple.

Perhaps you could also look at a "used" i7 970 / i7 980 / i7 980x/990x as a stop gap upgrade?
Spreadie 16th November 2011, 12:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by RichCreedy
i'm still on a core 2 qx6850 quad core @3Ghz, and does everything i need it too, although, it is showing it's age.
Clock it up a bit, and give it a new lease of life. :D

Seriously, the vast majority of people with x58 or better would be better off looking at SSDs as upgrades. Overclocking your current chip is more than enough.
GeorgeStorm 16th November 2011, 12:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by xaser04
Perhaps you could also look at a "used" i7 970 / i7 980 / i7 980x/990x as a stop gap upgrade?

Sadly there don't seem to be many about, since that's what I'm trying to do :(
mattbailey 16th November 2011, 12:56 Quote
My 920 does fine at stock on BF3, and I already have an SSD, SATA2 though. I'm thinking I need Nvidia 6xx for Christmas!
yassarikhan786 16th November 2011, 12:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by mattbailey
My 920 does fine at stock on BF3, and I already have an SSD, SATA2 though. I'm thinking I need Nvidia 6xx for Christmas!

That would be for next Christmas I'm guessing :).
Waynio 16th November 2011, 15:41 Quote
Phew, was thinking it would improve gaming significantly & the price looks painful, not an average joe cpu.
xaser04 16th November 2011, 15:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by GeorgeStorm
Sadly there don't seem to be many about, since that's what I'm trying to do :(

Damn!

I suppose the big problem here is that most people with a Gulftown CPU don't feel an "upgrade" is worthwhile. Assuming it is clocked then SB is a side grade at most and SB-E isn't *that* much faster outside of the IPC increase clock for clock.
Pookeyhead 16th November 2011, 20:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by shaunster1011
Ask yourself why you want to upgrade, that may help? You already have a fast CPU there :D

I wanted 6 cores for encoding, and the extra memory bandwidth, but I dont want to invest in SB-E if IB-E will require a new motherboard in 12 months time.

I could go Gulftown, but it's still a reasonable cost and only a short term fill in. I could go 1155 and wait for IB, but there will be a new chip set to company that too, despite it being compatible with 1155, so Im baffled now.

I'm still leaning towards SE-E and hope IB-E is based on 2011.

Arrgh!
true_gamer 16th November 2011, 20:28 Quote
IB-E I believe will be Socket 2011 and will also have a 22nm die srink, so it maybe worth picking up a gulftown and save for IB-E in a years time, as they will have the 8 core processors out by then.
Pookeyhead 16th November 2011, 20:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by true_gamer
IB-E I believe will be Socket 2011 and will also have a 22nm die srink, so it maybe worth picking up a gulftown and save for IB-E in a years time, as they will have the 8 core processors out by then.

I will be willing to go SB E now if I can be reasonable confident I can drop IB E into it in a years time.
debs3759 17th November 2011, 00:27 Quote
IB will be socket 1155 and IB-E will be socket 2011. IB is just s die-shrink of SB, and likewise IB-E is a die-shrink of SB-E. That means IB(-E) will work on the same boards as SB(-E) as long as there is an updated BIOS to recognise them.

http://wccftech.com/ivy-bridgee-compatibility-lga-2011-x79-chipset-confirmed/
veato 17th November 2011, 00:40 Quote
"I'm happy with my...."

Why when any new (potentially better) tech comes out do people rush onto a forum to let the world know that they're happy with their past purchase, are glad they made it and aren't interested in the new thing for x, y and z reason?

Bollocks... something new has come out. I need to justify my current tech and reassure myself I don't need anything newer/better.
debs3759 17th November 2011, 00:49 Quote
I don't really care about compatability at the moment. I just want POWER!
bulldogjeff 17th November 2011, 01:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by debs3759
I don't really care about compatability at the moment. I just want POWER!

hooligan...lol
debs3759 17th November 2011, 02:16 Quote
LOL, well that's surely what the Extreme edition chips are about, power. The E doesn't stand for Easy-life, Economical, or any other E word :)
Pookeyhead 17th November 2011, 06:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by debs3759
IB will be socket 1155 and IB-E will be socket 2011. IB is just s die-shrink of SB, and likewise IB-E is a die-shrink of SB-E. That means IB(-E) will work on the same boards as SB(-E) as long as there is an updated BIOS to recognise them.

http://wccftech.com/ivy-bridgee-compatibility-lga-2011-x79-chipset-confirmed/


Ok.. that'll do for me. SB-E for me! Just waiting for Scan to get stock now :(

I think I'll go for the Asus P9X79 Pro board. 3930K, but I'm wondering about cooling. Not much out there for it yet that specifies whether it would fit 2011.
shaunster1011 17th November 2011, 09:12 Quote
I thought the coolers had the same fitting as X58 boards?

Anyway the frio must fit, OCUK are doing a bundle with x79 boards and the frio for cooling.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-197-MS&groupid=701&catid=5&subcat=2174
Lizard 17th November 2011, 09:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pookeyhead
but I'm wondering about cooling. Not much out there for it yet that specifies whether it would fit 2011.

We're putting a number of coolers through their paces in the lab this week, as:
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Finally, before we dive into the CPU reviews themselves its worth pointing out unlike other retail boxed CPUs, Sandy Bridge E chips don't include a cooler as standard. Instead, you'll need to go out and buy your own LGA2011-compatible cooler. Due to the significantly higher TDP of Sandy Bridge E (130W versus 95W) and larger socket, many coolers cannot cope with Sandy Bridge E processors.

Equally, while some LGA1366 coolers physically fit onto LGA2011 motherboards, they may not provide enough clip pressure to ensure sufficient contact between the pins in the processor socket and the pads on the bottom of the CPU, potentially killing the CPU and motherboard.
Pookeyhead 17th November 2011, 21:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lizard
We're putting a number of coolers through their paces in the lab this week, as:

Arrgh!.. maybe too late. Tell me though... will the Corsair H100 be in the test?
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