Intel Sandy Bridge E launches

Intel Sandy Bridge E launches

LGA2011 motherboards use a revamped heavy duty socket, which is very substantial

Intel has launched its long-awaited Sandy Bridge E processor today, which sport six Hyper-Threaded cores and a quad-channel memory controller.

The new CPUs are priced between £455 and £815 inc VAT ($555 to $990 ex tax) with the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition demanding top dollar for its unlocked multiplier and 15MB of Level 3 cache. Combined with motherboard prices mostly in excess of £200 and a quad-channel memory kit, an LGA2011 system is a pricey PC.

The cheaper Core i7-3930K also has an unlocked multiplier, but only has 12MB of Level 3 cache rather than the 15MB of the Extreme Edition. It's also clocked at 3.2GHz (Turbo Boosting up to 3.8GHz) rather than 3.3GHz (Turbo Boosting to 3.9GHz).

A third LGA2011 CPU will launch in the first three months of next year too. Dubbed the Core i7-3820, it will be a quad-core Hyper-Threaded CPU clocked at 3.6GHz (boosting to 3.9GHz) with 10MB of Level 3 cache.

LGA2011 motherboards are also worth talking about too - to cater for the CPU's quad-channel memory controller, the DIMM slots are now located either side of the CPU socket in four- or eight-socket configurations. The large, 2,011-pin CPU socket has a metal backplate with threaded holes to provide a firm fit for CPU coolers; push-pins are finally banished.

However, this also means that most CPU coolers aren't compatible with Intel's new socket. We can confirm that Corsair's H80 and H100 coolers will work, in addition to Akasa's Venom Voodoo, Zalman's CNPS12X, Thermaltake's Frio Advanced and the Be Quiet! Shadow Rock Pro.

Intel Sandy Bridge E launches
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Intel Sandy Bridge E launches
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Be Quiet! has told us that it will be offering free LGA2011 compatibility kits that mount to its existing coolers (seen above), worth bearing in mind if you currently own one of it's Dark Rock coolers and plan to upgrade to LGA2011. We'll have more information, including who to contact at Be Quiet! in the next few days.

Check out our Intel Sandy Bridge E review.


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Siwini 14th November 2011, 12:08 Quote
Full review please!
scott_chegg 14th November 2011, 12:14 Quote
Erm. the last paragraph says the review will be up soon mate.
Noob? 14th November 2011, 12:16 Quote
Reviews will defo be good, well I hope but prices will match I guess.

Anyway, isn't the i7-3820 releasing at launch? Pricing seemed to be around that of Core i7 2600k/2700k?
tad2008 14th November 2011, 12:22 Quote
"As ever, we'd rather be accurate and a teensy bit late than publish incomplete of inaccurate information. "

incomplete of inaccurate? should that not be "or" and not "of"?

Seems like a contradiction in terms, lol
feathers 14th November 2011, 12:29 Quote
I guess it will still be i5 2500k for me then. I need new CPU and motherboard.
Cei 14th November 2011, 12:34 Quote
Worth "baring" in mind - penultimate paragraph. Time to get naked!
YEHBABY 14th November 2011, 12:39 Quote
Originally Posted by Siwini
Full review please!

For the impatient.

Here is a review on Tomshardware
GeorgeStorm 14th November 2011, 12:40 Quote
Quite a few reviews up around the web.
I'm not really bothered, slighty performance increase, nothing major, nice price hike.

Seem to be poor for extreme oc (in terms of consistency and clock speed)
With only being useful for a few benches.
favst89 14th November 2011, 12:47 Quote
Seems somewhat like a consumer workstation to me. For most people 1155 offers more than enough, especially when you look at the prices. The interesting one for me would be the 3820, though doesn't seem to offer much over the 2700k other than memory bandwidth, though we will see in a few months time.
coolmiester 14th November 2011, 12:47 Quote
Dwarfer 14th November 2011, 12:56 Quote
Are the Sandybridge-E backwards compatible with SB 1155?
Claave 14th November 2011, 13:01 Quote
Originally Posted by Dwarfer
Are the Sandybridge-E backwards compatible with SB 1155?

Nope, totally different socket, so no compatibility at all.
r3loaded 14th November 2011, 13:02 Quote
It seems like regular Sandy Bridge is still good enough for the vast majority of people. Only people who run workstation-type loads with lots of threads and lots of RAM can really justify the expense of SB-E.
Instagib 14th November 2011, 13:25 Quote
How many chips are coming to england? Is this going to be a 'paper release' that nVidia and AMD are so fond of pulling?
xxxsonic1971 14th November 2011, 13:30 Quote
will h70 cooler work on this board please anyone know?
t.y.wan 14th November 2011, 13:37 Quote
It's a complete mystery to me that people would use air coolers with extreme edition cpus... kind of hard to think that one would spent $990 and not stress it...
mejobloggs 14th November 2011, 13:41 Quote
The top end air coolers can be pretty amazing though
Redbeaver 14th November 2011, 14:00 Quote
damnit i cant even afford to get a new GPU...
GuilleAcoustic 14th November 2011, 14:05 Quote
the_kille4 14th November 2011, 14:12 Quote
the only thing worth buying is the K chip. if i'm buying the limited multiplier one (ie the cheapest), i will just wait around for Ivy Bridge. Still in the end the Rampage IV Gene is not available till the end of the year so that means that I will only think about building one then. In the mean time I will stock on 2TB/3TB hard disks before they run out.
NethLyn 14th November 2011, 14:16 Quote
Originally Posted by Instagib
How many chips are coming to England? Is this going to be a 'paper release' that nVidia and AMD are so fond of pulling?

Depends, maybe things will go back to normal for Intel which usually means ramped up stock by the end of January. Whether that replaces last year's batch depends on if they feel the need to cut prices of the current stuff.
Hakuren 14th November 2011, 14:28 Quote
From few initial reviews, it is not so spectacular failure as AMDs Bulldozer, but very disappointed. Difference between S1366 and S2011 is very negligible if any. Very happy with that. No need to switch. Can wait next 3-4 years and save $$$. Said for a long time that X79 will not be a worthwhile investment. If you want cheap&powerful gaming system go X58. Some of hardware is really dirt cheap when compared to brand new X79. Buying X79 for gaming is absolutely ludicrous - unless of course you need e-penis enlargement, then go ahead.
mediapcAddict 14th November 2011, 14:55 Quote
nother review here

basically it's a server chip tarted up for the home pc market.

V. few people need quad channel memory and all that pci-e bandwidth ( desirable yes neccessary no ) or 6 cores especailly when it comes at such a price premium. In 4 months time 22nm 1155 chips are on their way which should be more overclockable ( and have native usb3 and quicksync). it really makes no sense what so ever to anyone but the most specialist of power users( even then I don't see anyone saying it will support ecc memory). I suspect intel has finally priced themselves out of the market. but if you need lots of cores then it's better than bulldudzer probably.
yassarikhan786 14th November 2011, 14:57 Quote
I've read a few reviews on the 3960X and it is an amazing CPU. Intel have done it again. If I had the money though I would go for a 3930k and a Rampage IV MB.
GuilleAcoustic 14th November 2011, 15:02 Quote
I'm still in 775 (Q6600) ... and, depending on Ivy bridge price / perf I might go for 2011 of Ivy. Any way, it won't be before at least 6 months.
HandMadeAndroid 14th November 2011, 16:00 Quote
they will bring out an entry level 6 core part in the next six months, I'm not paying early adopter prices
yassarikhan786 14th November 2011, 16:18 Quote
Originally Posted by HandMadeAndroid
they will bring out an entry level 6 core part in the next six months, I'm not paying early adopter prices

Agreed! :)
SirFur 14th November 2011, 17:04 Quote
I'm glad I went for my system when I did...already got a good deal out of it and had I been waiting for this I'd have been very disappointed with the rpicing/perfomace. I might have saved some cash with the older system due to price cuts but I am glad they haven't meant I am back in the stone age with the new rig I have, like it could have been so many times in the past, but I've always managed to jump into the market for a new system at the right times!! :)
Farfalho 14th November 2011, 21:01 Quote
Originally Posted by Claave
Originally Posted by Dwarfer
Are the Sandybridge-E backwards compatible with SB 1155?

Nope, totally different socket, so no compatibility at all.

"Backwards Compatibility?! What is that?!" - Probably what an Intel spokesperson thought when reading your comment xD
BlackMage23 14th November 2011, 21:46 Quote
Nice, but still gona wait for Ivy Bridge - Which should also be cheaper.
UltraNEO* 14th November 2011, 23:26 Quote
Speaking of compatible heatsinks, does anyone think Thermalright will bring out a bracket for their Ultra Extreme 120's??? Or won't it be enough to keep this chip cool?
PingCrosby 15th November 2011, 06:58 Quote
Aaaaaaaah.....Sandy.... I loved that song in Grease, I didn't know her second name was Bridge though. Eeee well, tha learns summat new every day.
l3v1ck 15th November 2011, 08:19 Quote
Given these prices, I'm betting people who bought LGA1366 early on are laughing now. A sound investment at the time.
damien c 15th November 2011, 15:34 Quote
Well I upgraded for X58 to a Sandy Bridge, 2600K but had to sell that beast of a pc and now I have a 2500K and honestly for gaming I will see no improvement but I would on Video work by upgrading to Sandy Bridge E but it's not worth I don't think.

I am still saving for my next build at the moment, but will have to see what the new revision's of these chip's bring when I have the money saved otherwise it will be Ivy Bridge for me.
Fizzban 17th November 2011, 20:28 Quote
Wait, wait, wait.
DirectOverkill 3rd December 2011, 18:26 Quote
lol at comment
Jericho84 5th December 2011, 09:51 Quote
Just bought this cpu with ASUS Sabertooth X79,
Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz 24GB,
cant wait to try it out :D
thehippoz 5th December 2011, 16:48 Quote
if you got it like that jericho =] tell us how it goes..

I like they got rid of push pin mounts.. seems a whole lot smarter to go that way- beats drilling holes in backplates to make coolers fit
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