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Wednesday, 12 October 2011 11:04

X79 chipset ships in November

Written by Fuad Abazovic



For $73


Intel's high end X79 chipset is going to sell for a saucy $73 when it becomes available in November. Intel's Z68 remains the runner up chipset with $48 while the old X58 is out of the focus.

Since X58 stayed in operation much longer than many expected Intel has decided that X79 is a better codename considering that Sandy Bridge E successor probably won’t ship before earliest Q4 2012.

The $73 price tag is not exactly cheap for a USB 2.0 only chipset but Intel is winning to give you 10 SATA 6Gb/s ports, PCIe 2.0 for graphics and PCIe 3.0 dedicated for storage. Not what top gamers had in mind but what can you do. Naturally the chipset supports 1Gbit internet as well as an SCSI controller.

If you look at the spec deep enough, you will realize that this is a workstation chipset and CPU that will just get launched as an extreme PC part that likes overclocking.

Even with the quad-core Core i7 3820 that works at 3.6GHz you can get to 3.9GHz with turbo and with top Core i7 extreme 3960X a six core 3.3GHz clocked Sandy Bridge E CPU, you can get to 3.9GHz with turbo, and this probably means some serious performance.

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+2 #1 robert3892 2011-10-12 12:24
Don't forget this also supports quad channel memory instead of the tri channel memory of the X58. Looking forward to November!
 
 
0 #2 Blue Fear 2011-10-12 15:15
Quoting robert3892:
Don't forget this also supports quad channel memory instead of the tri channel memory of the X58. Looking forward to November!

Is Sandy Bridge E required to take advantage of Quad Lained Channels?
 
 
+1 #3 Captain828 2011-10-12 20:09
Since the Intel Nehalem mirco-arhitecture (read: introduction of Core i7 in 2008) the memory controller has been integrated with the CPU, so yes, you will need a Sandy Bridge E CPU + new X79 chipset + a quad channel memory kit to take advantage of the increased bandwidth in quad channel memory.
 
 
+2 #4 dicobalt 2011-10-13 03:53
Both the motherboard and CPU need to support quad channel in order for it to work. Any CPU that fits in socket 2011 will have a quad channel memory controller on it. All socket 2011 motherboards are made to support quad channel. Now all you need to do is make sure you buy multiples of 4 sticks of ram and put them in the correct slots.

4 memory slots
http://assets.vr-zone.net/13563/X79_UD7_1.jpg

8 memory slots
http://assets.vr-zone.net/13563/X79_UD5_1.jpg

People who build monsters like this aren't likely to give a damn about a mere $73 chipset.
 
 
0 #5 The_Countess 2011-10-13 10:57
Quoting robert3892:
Don't forget this also supports quad channel memory instead of the tri channel memory of the X58. Looking forward to November!


and someone would care about that why?
if tripple channel didn't add anything to desktop performance why would quad channel?

in fact because of the lower speed of intels tripple channel (1066mhz max) current dual channel CPU's will have just about as much bandwidth using 1600mhz memory.
quad channel memory is a useless and expensive white elephant on the desktop.

unless you want to get a 6core (which would have worked perfectly well in s1155) s2011 is a bad choice, designed to take your money and offer nothing in return but e-penis bragging rights.
 
 
0 #6 pogsnet 2011-10-13 11:38
Quote:
Naturally the chipset supports 1Gbit internet

.

Is it necessary be supported by a chipset?
 

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