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Intel Sandy Bridge [Desktop] @ AnandTech  (Source: AnandTech)
Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture gets a thorough workout

Today is the big day for Intel's Sandy Bridge processor architecture, and our inboxes are already overflowing with the latest reviews from around the web. So here's the current stash of Sandy Bridge reviews from all of your favorite websites:



@ AnandTech [Desktop], [Mobile]
@ PC Perspective [Desktop], [Mobile]
@ Benchmark Reviews (1), (2)



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Same as before...
By Marlin1975 on 1/3/2011 8:31:49 AM , Rating: 2
Intel had really tied its hands and giving up most/all lowwer end to early mid level systems. Leaves a lot of room for AMD if they don't lock overclocking or gimp their lowwer end CPUs.

Not only that but only 8X+8X PCIe if running more than 1 video card on Intels new system. Of course I am sure their next socket will fix that and everybody will need new boards and cpus to get that fix. ;-)




RE: Same as before...
By AnnihilatorX on 1/3/2011 10:31:55 AM , Rating: 2
For more PCI-E lanes you'd have to wait for socket 2011 pun intended in Q4, or go AMD RD890.


RE: Same as before...
By randomly on 1/3/2011 10:53:13 AM , Rating: 3
8x+8x is not a bottleneck with PCIe 2.1.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/08/23/gtx_480_...

You only start to see an impact at 4x+4x
and even then only at very high resolutions like 5760 x 1200.
Even at 2560 x 1600 4x+4x makes almost no difference vs 16x+16x.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/08/25/gtx_480_...


RE: Same as before...
By Taft12 on 1/3/2011 11:10:13 AM , Rating: 2
Your link shows that's true for GTX480 in SLI (up to 2560x1600) but the industry has kept chugging along as it always does since that article's August publish date.

Performance has improved with GTX580 and 6970. The small differences will be amplified. How much is the question.

Back in the real world of course, 8x+8x is quite fine for all but the highest end systems.


RE: Same as before...
By randomly on 1/3/2011 12:26:41 PM , Rating: 2
The point stands.

There is substantial bandwidth headroom in an 8x+8x, more than enough to accommodate any current SLI or Crossfire setup.

8x+8x is not a limitation.


RE: Same as before...
By bug77 on 1/3/2011 12:10:24 PM , Rating: 2
I bet they're either trying to keep AMD alive (nobody wants to be an obvious monopoly) or making room for Atom or Atom-based chips for that market.


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