Tuesday, June 14, 2011

X79 chipset for Socket LGA2011 and LGA1366?

Intel is preparing to release an x79 chipset for Socket LGA 1366, more than expected for Sandy Bridge processors who requests a Socket LGA 2011, according to Xbit Labs, which claims to have been in the hands of internal documents from Intel abundant in this direction. Specifically, Intel will launch two motherboards x79 Extreme Board.

The DX79TO would be known by the codename Thorsby, with embedded Socket LGA 1366 which is primarily intended to accommodate the processor Extreme Edition compatible, that is to say, the Core i7-965 and I975 architecture from Bloomfield engraved 45 nm. The answer to DX79SI codenamed Siler and should welcome Sandy Bridge-E, which are expected by the end of the year.

The DX79SI would have three PCI-Express 3.0 for a solution to three graphics cards. It would be the first card of its kind, to our knowledge. Boarding a also 12 SATA ports, 6 ports 6 Gb / s, 4 USB 3.0 ports, an 8-channel audio chip and module Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as well as two Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The other card is much less interesting cons, according to Xbit Labs. It integrate only two PCI-Express 2.0 x16, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 8 SATA connectors and Gigabit Ethernet. As pointed out by our colleagues, if the documents are correct, they would reflect a strange position on the part of Intel.

The reasoning behind a high-end motherboard LGA 1366 which would replace the X58 without really bringing anything new is difficult to understand. It is rare that a consumer wishes to update its high-end motherboard, without wanting to change the processor. ASUS has introduced two x79 cards at Computex.

The first had a Socket LGA 1366 and the second included a LGA 2011. It would seem that Intel is seriously considering to market such a solution. Xbit labs think it's a way to reduce the prices of x79 platforms. By focusing on this chipset, to the detriment of the X58, which will sell for a little while yet, Intel can produce more and lower production costs.

AMD should have an aggressive pricing policy with its upcoming Bulldozer. Intel could prepare against the attack (see "The prices for next Bulldozer Zambezi-FX"). For the record, the Sandy Bridge-E are high-end processors built on Intel's new architecture etched at 32 nm. They are expected by the end of the year at frequencies around 3.5 GHz (see "Three-E Sandy Bridge before the end of the year?").

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