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Intel X79 specs leaked

Intel X79 specs leaked

These slides suggest that LGA2011 systems based around the X79 chipset will be supercomputers.

Chinese tech site IT.com.cn claims to have got hold of some leaked slides that detail Intel's forthcoming X79 chipset for LGA2011 systems. If the slides are genuine, then it looks as though X79 has a bazillion connections and could form the basis of a supercomputer.

According to the slides, the chipset supports up to 14 SATA ports, ten of which can support SATA 6Gbps while eight can support SAS (serial attached SCSI).

The slides also suggest that LGA2011 CPUs will have 32 lanes of PCI-E bandwidth, with either dual-16-lane or quad-8-lane graphics setups possible, while eight PCI-E 2.0 lanes connect the CPU to the chipset. There’s no mention of whether SLI and CrossFire will be supported, though, or whether the lanes will support PCI-E 3.0.

The latter isn’t too surprising, though, as it looks as though PCI-E 3.0 support won't turn up until the arrival of the Panther Point chipset for Ivy Bridge CPUs, and a second slide allegedly showing Intel’s roadmap suggests that the X79 chipset will pre-date Panther Point. Bizarrely, however, despite a cornucopia of internal high-speed connections, there’s no mention of USB 3 support yet.

According to the roadmap slide, the X79 chipset is currently scheduled to be launched in Q4 of 2011. We speculate that LGA2011 CPUs will be based on a super-charged Sandy Bridge design (hence the SNB-E codename), with 4- and 6-core models and quad-channel memory controllers. We presume it will also be fabricated using 32nm transistors like Sandy Bridge CPUs, as the next die-shrink isn't expected until the launch of Ivy Bridge.

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Intel's LGA2011 platform looks rather tasty if these details about its X79 chipset are true

So what say you? Is a 6-core CPU based on the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture overkill for anyone not running professional applications, or do you just want one anyway? Answers in the forum please.

Via VR-Zone.

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DrTiCool 1st April 2011, 11:30 Quote
Looks like Intel has lot in its sleeves to come. c'mon AMD, time to catch up.
DarkFear 1st April 2011, 11:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article
Is a 6-core CPU based on the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture overkill for anyone not running professional applications, or do you just want one anyway?

I don't understand the question... Why would you NOT want one? :p
the_kille4 1st April 2011, 11:34 Quote
so what would the LGA1356 be called?
3lusive 1st April 2011, 11:35 Quote
wow thats going to be some serious power.....overkill for most users but still wouldnt mind seeing some benchies
Pete J 1st April 2011, 11:42 Quote
You will be mine; oh yes, you will be mine.
Salty Wagyu 1st April 2011, 11:45 Quote
April Fools :(
perplekks45 1st April 2011, 11:46 Quote
Pete... how many mortgages on your house already? :p

And a review would be fun. Waiting patiently...
dec 1st April 2011, 11:54 Quote
List of things these will be good for

1.) 6 monitor eyefinity with 3D while encoding 2K H.264 video and running solidworks
2.) a second mortgage to buy it
3.) a third mortgage for the light bill to run number 1.)
3lusive 1st April 2011, 12:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by dec
List of things these will be good for

1.) 6 monitor eyefinity with 3D while encoding 2K H.264 video and running solidworks
2.) a second mortgage to buy it
3.) a third mortgage for the light bill to run number 1.)

or if your Wingsofredemption and keep your comp rendering 24/7

you dont have a 6th monitor by the way? ;)
l3v1ck 1st April 2011, 12:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Salty Wagyu
April Fools :(
That's what I was thinking too.
law99 1st April 2011, 12:35 Quote
I hate April. A "bazillion" connections...
Tech NoOb 1st April 2011, 12:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by the_kille4
so what would the LGA1356 be called?

A figment of your imagination?

You meant LGA 1336? It's called obsolete :)
TheLostSwede 1st April 2011, 12:57 Quote
It's not an April fools, this have been out for a few days already.
On top of that the LGA-2011 CPUs will have PCI Express 3.0 support and more than 32 lanes, as an extra four lanes will be connected to the X79 chipset to boost the performance of the eight SAS/SATA 6Gbps ports beyond Intel's DMI 2.0 interface which remains at PCI Express 2.0 speed.

LGA-1356 seems to be reserved for Intel's Xeon's and won't be used for a consumer platform afaik.
Oggyb 1st April 2011, 12:57 Quote
I'll have this write-up tomorrow please, today is just too risky for believing what people say. :)
kenco_uk 1st April 2011, 12:59 Quote
I think he meant LGA1366

It's still current btw, at least according to that 'roadmap' ;)
wuyanxu 1st April 2011, 12:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tech NoOb
A figment of your imagination?

You meant LGA 1336? It's called obsolete :)
he meant LGA1337
3lusive 1st April 2011, 13:03 Quote
http://www.techspot.com/news/43058-intel-x79-enthusiast-chipset-details-leaked-scheduled-for-q4.html

dnt think this has to do with april fools given it was leaked a few days ago.
leveller 1st April 2011, 13:22 Quote
14 USB 2.0 ports ... lol
GoodBytes 1st April 2011, 13:29 Quote
14 USB 2.0 make that 18 USB ports with your monitor. :D
BUT.. 0x USB 3.0... What the heck?!

Now, you would think that Intel didn't put USB 3.0 because they want to push Thunderbolt crap.
But nope, no Thunderbolt.

I guess that what happens with the lack of competition... looks like Intel is pulling another P4 crap, but this time on motherboard features.

I don't care in reality, as all our boards that we purchase have the NEC chip... but it doesn't push USB 3.0 out. So, no stuff (well almost) for it comes out as market share is too low.
PlayedStation 1st April 2011, 13:49 Quote
cornucopia - now there's an under used word.
Bloody_Pete 1st April 2011, 13:53 Quote
Could help me running my AI simulations in my 3rd year of uni...
azazel1024 1st April 2011, 13:59 Quote
I want.

Plain and simple.

Will I buy? Sadly probably not. I'll probably just go Ivy bridge when it comes out next year to upgrade from my sad, sad Wolfsdale. :(

Just can't justify more than about $1000 on a machine, which means maybe $500 on CPU and MoBo max with what I want to spend on other components. $500 these days seems like it might buy a decent MoBo about about a 2600/2600k. Something tells me that the 2011 boards are going to be more and the SB-E processors are probably going to start at the price of a 2600 minimum. I'd really love some hexa core goodness though.

Is it miserly/stupid/overly tree hugger of me if I would be turned off if the TDP is higher than the 95w that the quad core SB has? I wonder what IB-E would be?

Also, am I missing something? Or has it been announced on an Intel road map that they aren't stepping up to Octo core processors with SB-E? I had been hearing that SB-E was going to be a couple of quad core parts, a bunch of hexa core parts and later on some Octo core parts. Or is Octo core for Intel not coming until some Ivy Bridge Enhanced?
leexgx 1st April 2011, 14:08 Quote
high TDP would only happen if you was constantly maxing 2 or more cores out most of the time the CPU would be idle
Fingers66 1st April 2011, 14:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by PlayedStation
cornucopia - now there's an under used word.

It's Friday and they are playing buzz word bingo in the office killing time before heading to the pub... :D

Reminds me of the sportsmen (or women) having bets with their team-mates on who can insert the most obscure words or phrases into the post event interview. Bonus points if the interviewer doesn't pick up on it.

(not really a football (soccer) thing due to the lack of intelligent life forms)
Hakuren 1st April 2011, 14:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Salty Wagyu
April Fools :(

If you ignore the fact that this particular data is on the net for past 3-4 days, then yes it is April Fools.

Give me one. Gosh, waiting for ~6-8 more months will be torture.

I wonder if it will support any external RAID chip on motherboard. Would be cool to see even simple XOR chip, using part of RAM for cache to speed up operations on the array. RAID5 on soft is not exactly good idea.

6/12 core/threads isn't overkill if you can utilize that power on every day basis. And you can do that with minimum effort. Just install BOINC platform connect to any project you want and help the world. 6 core ONLY for games is as useful as snooze button on smoke alarm.
true_gamer 1st April 2011, 16:11 Quote
Cheesecake anyone?
Snips 1st April 2011, 16:56 Quote
"6 core ONLY for games is as useful as snooze button on smoke alarm" or a cock flavoured lollipop!
GoodBytes 1st April 2011, 17:13 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snips
"6 core ONLY for games is as useful as snooze button on smoke alarm" or a cock flavoured lollipop!

I recall the same thing being said when I got my dual core CPU (back in the days where Intel was still stuck with the P4, and AMD released this crazy Intel massacre CPU called the AMD Athlon 64 X2 on socket 939). "It s a gimmick", "Nothing uses or will ever use dual core", "Provides 0 benefits", are examples of people comments said on forums.... ahh good times. And since Intel jump ship to dual core non-server CPU's with the Core 2 Duo.. now it's an absolute must.

But, we just got Quad Core essentially. Market share for quad core is slowly increasing to a point that most CPU hungry software are still dual core optimized. The demand for multi-core CPU isn't as great as when we got the dual core. So unless you plan to keep your computer for 5 to even 7 years, I don't think it's a good investment, UNLESS you are using multi-core intensive software(s).

What will make multi-core CPU shine the most, like GPUs are right now, is, I believe, when we would be able to (in some way or another) make software that is optimized on no mater the number of cores it has. What I mean, is for CPU intensive programs, to essentially have them to use properly and in optimized mater, the maximum number of cores, no mater how many you have.
Simplified example, a task you perform with a software execute 4 instructions to the CPU (let's say), and all 4 are not based on the result of the other, so have each instruction execute on each processor. If you have 2 cores, that would be 2 instructions per core, if you have 4, 1 instruction per core.

Anyway.. I am off topic.
Hawkest 1st April 2011, 17:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snips
"6 core ONLY for games is as useful as snooze button on smoke alarm" or a cock flavoured lollipop!

And what about the latest thread on crysis 2 and how a good CPU impacts on fps! Can only see a 6 core Intel helping to pump even more out!
Madness_3d 1st April 2011, 18:49 Quote
saving up to drop a bomb on my system when I go to uni. Want to make it last for a good few years. Thinking LGA2011 + GTX600 series :D
the_kille4 3rd April 2011, 11:17 Quote
still no news of lga 1356:(

http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/img/pcw/docs/363/357/2.jpg
http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/img/pcw/docs/363/357/3.jpg

anybody know anything?

P.S. you should all notice that the X79 has two QPI links and that definitely hints at a server application...
Nexxo 3rd April 2011, 17:55 Quote
Quote:
So what say you? Is a 6-core CPU based on the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture overkill for anyone not running professional applications, or do you just want one anyway?
What's with the "or"?
Mankz 3rd April 2011, 19:07 Quote
I've purposely held off on upgrading to SB as I really want to see what the performance of these chips will be when rendering, as that's what I'll be needing them for.

Otherwise, bar e-peen, I'd see no reason not to save cash and get an SB chip.
slothy89 4th April 2011, 01:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by 3lusive
Quote:
Originally Posted by dec
List of things these will be good for

1.) 6 monitor eyefinity with 3D while encoding 2K H.264 video and running solidworks
2.) a second mortgage to buy it
3.) a third mortgage for the light bill to run number 1.)

or if your Wingsofredemption and keep your comp rendering 24/7

you dont have a 6th monitor by the way? ;)

never thought i'd see the day that WoR was brought up in bit-tech forums.. lol.. but your reference is spot on! Pity he jumped the gun and already has a 2600k
3lusive 4th April 2011, 09:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by slothy89
never thought i'd see the day that WoR was brought up in bit-tech forums.. lol.. but your reference is spot on! Pity he jumped the gun and already has a 2600k

Haha, Iv watched him for over a year and a half. Yes hes got the 2600k OC to 5ghz. He's happy with it I think - he's rendering hd vids in minutes.
Snips 4th April 2011, 10:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snips
"6 core ONLY for games is as useful as snooze button on smoke alarm" or a cock flavoured lollipop!

Sorry guys and gals, I was just giving an alternative to a "snooze button on smoke alarm" rather than agreeing with his statement on 6 core gaming.
Denis_iii 4th April 2011, 10:51 Quote
thats a shame, i'm not going to outlay over £200 for a m/b without usb3 and or pcie 3.0
Anirudh 21st April 2011, 10:32 Quote
April fools
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