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Originally Posted by SpreadieThe E is for E-Peen.
Originally Posted by PookeyheadReally 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.
Originally Posted by RichCreedyi'm still on a core 2 qx6850 quad core @3Ghz, and does everything i need it too, although, it is showing it's age.
Originally Posted by xaser04Perhaps you could also look at a "used" i7 970 / i7 980 / i7 980x/990x as a stop gap upgrade?
Originally Posted by mattbaileyMy 920 does fine at stock on BF3, and I already have an SSD, SATA2 though. I'm thinking I need Nvidia 6xx for Christmas!
Originally Posted by GeorgeStormSadly there don't seem to be many about, since that's what I'm trying to do :(
Originally Posted by shaunster1011Ask yourself why you want to upgrade, that may help? You already have a fast CPU there :D
Originally Posted by true_gamerIB-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.
Originally Posted by debs3759I don't really care about compatability at the moment. I just want POWER!
Originally Posted by debs3759IB 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.
Originally Posted by Pookeyheadbut I'm wondering about cooling. Not much out there for it yet that specifies whether it would fit 2011.
Originally Posted by articleFinally, 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.
Originally Posted by LizardWe're putting a number of coolers through their paces in the lab this week, as:
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