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Tuesday, 10 May 2011 09:54

X79 detailed ready for Q4 Sandy Bridge E

Written by Fuad Abazovic


No USB 3.0
Intel's chipset behind the most powerful six-core CPU is officially branded X79. It is the only chipset of choice for Sandy Bridge E CPUs hat are scheduled for appearance in Q4 2011 and fit in new socket LGA2011.

The chipset is all about overclocking and it brings a good overclocking support for both CPU and memory settings. It comes in a choice of two 16X PCIe or four 8X so some crazy boards will come with support for four graphics slots. The chipset does not support USB 3.0 and it copes with this lack of support with 14 USB 2.0 ports. We are sure that motherboard manufacturers can add an external USB 3.0 support via some chips like Marvell.

The chipset also supports Intel Rapid storage technology enterprise edition including (Raid 0/1/5/10) and a total number of SATA ports stops at 14 while ten of them can reach 6Gb/s, as well as SAS storage. This is hardly a surprise as this chipset was originally meant for server market.

The board has a PCI slot which is kind of surprising and it also comes with native Gigabit Ethernet.
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+8 #1 adv 2011-05-10 11:43
wth...
intels chipset business is like, screw you everyone, your not getting anything.
and I want to complain about amd, I guess I can't do that.
 
 
+19 #2 vaidasif 2011-05-10 12:23
Looks like intel knows only usb 2.0. Somebody needs to inform them that usb 3.0 is ready :-)
 
 
+28 #3 The_Countess 2011-05-10 13:23
Quoting vaidasif:
Looks like intel knows only usb 2.0. Somebody needs to inform them that usb 3.0 is ready :-)



they want to shove the expensive and incompatible thunderbolt down everybody's throats, and apple wants to help them.
 
 
+12 #4 bardenck 2011-05-10 15:00
originally intended for server market with 4 pci-e running at 8x? well no usb 3.0, at least we get a pci slot!!!!!
 
 
+14 #5 Otherbuns 2011-05-10 15:08
What the heck does Intel have against consistency these days? P35 -> P45 -> P55 -> ... P67? Looks like a freaking typo. And X38 -> X48 -> X58 -> ...X79? Are they drunk? What happened to X68?
 
 
+5 #6 bardenck 2011-05-10 15:54
does amd have a usb 3.0 board? bulldozer maybe? im sure intel will release the x69.5 with 3.0..... socket 2012 of course.
 
 
+10 #7 GeekLyfe 2011-05-10 18:16
I hope AMD brings a challenge to the table against Intel with their bulldozer. Intel needs to drop their prices on CPU which we all know that will not happen unless AMD gives them a run for their money.
 
 
0 #8 Naterm 2011-05-11 09:14
Too bad AMD isn't going to be able to compete on the high-end, else we might have gotten an eight-core. Intel isn't pushing USB4 3.0 because they have a competing technology. In all honesty, it's more promising long term. It's not like they're preventing OEMs from building USB 3.0 support into the motherboards, they're just not integrating it into the core logic. I don't see a big deal other than the $1 of extra build cost that's going to be passed onto consumers. I can handle that.
 
 
+3 #9 Naterm 2011-05-11 09:15
Quoting Otherbuns:
What the heck does Intel have against consistency these days? P35 -> P45 -> P55 -> ... P67? Looks like a freaking typo. And X38 -> X48 -> X58 -> ...X79? Are they drunk? What happened to X68?


There is a Z68 for the LGA1155 socket, that's where X68 went.
 
 
0 #10 deadspeedv 2011-05-11 14:25
Quoting Naterm:
There is a Z68 for the LGA1155 socket, that's where X68 went.




Well Z is right next to X so I can see the chance of a typo :P

14 SATA ports and 10 of them 6Gb/s. Coool
 

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