Sandy Bridge

Apple Sandy Bridge testing tips huge CPU/GPU refresh

Apple Sandy Bridge testing tips huge CPU/GPU refresh

Apple's future processor and GPU plans are the subject of numerous leaks today, with sources revealing that the company has been testing Intel Sandy Bridge Core iX chips for several months now, ahead of including them in future MacBook Pro and Mac Pro models, among others. Meanwhile, the company is also tipped to be considering solely using Sandy Bridge integrated graphics in its entry-level notebooks and ultraportables, while higher-end machines would switch from NVIDIA chips to AMD's Radeon range.

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Intel Sandy Bridge Processors Confirmed for January Debut

Intel Sandy Bridge Processors Confirmed for January Debut

Despite the fact that November is quickly coming to a close, and there's plenty of celebration to be had between now and the beginning of the new year, there are a few people out there who are already looking forward to January for an entirely different reason: CES 2011. And with that giant event, companies from all over the globe are going to be showing off new designs, and new ideas. Intel, one of the companies to watch at the event, has confirmed that they will be showing off their brand new Sandy Bridge processors at the event.

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Intel tips incoming Sandy Bridge processors

Intel tips incoming Sandy Bridge processors

It's always a great time to be a computer geek when new products are inbound from Intel. The entire ecosystem of hardware including mainboards tends to be updated when new processors are coming and the Intel Sandy Bridge offerings that are inbound are bringing other cool hardware like mainboards with them.

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ASUS Sabertooth P67 and ROG Maximus IV Extreme Sandy Bridge motherboards break cover

ASUS Sabertooth P67 and ROG Maximus IV Extreme Sandy Bridge motherboards break cover

We've already shown you Gigabyte's offerings for Intel's upcoming "Sandy Bridge" Core 2011 processor refresh; now ASUS is tipping its hand. The company has been showing off its Intel P67 chipset based 'boards, including the TUF Series Sabertooth P67 - which has a so-called "Tactical Vest" that forces cool air across all the essential motherboard components - and the overclock-hungry Republic of Gamers Maximus IV Extreme.

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More Gigabyte Sandy Bridge motherboards revealed, including monster P67A-UD7

More Gigabyte Sandy Bridge motherboards revealed, including monster P67A-UD7

A further five Gigabyte 6 Series motherboards intended for Intel's second-gen "Sandy Bridge" Core processors have emerged, after we showed you the first three models (the P67A-UD3R, P67A-UD3 and H67MA-UD2H) back in October. The Gigabyte P67A-UD7, P67A-UD5, P67A-UD4, P67A-UD3P and H67A-UD3H all get USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps support, together with an Intel 6-series chipset for LGA 1155 processors.

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Gigabyte’s Sandy Bridge P67A-UD3R, P67A-UD3 and H67MA-UD2H motherboards previewed

Gigabyte’s Sandy Bridge P67A-UD3R, P67A-UD3 and H67MA-UD2H motherboards previewed

Gigabyte has come clean on its upcoming 6 Series motherboards, designed for Intel's "Sandy Bridge" second-gen Core processors.  Three new 'boards have been previewed - the Gigabyte P67A-UD3R, P67A-UD3 and H67MA-UD2H - each with an Intel 6-series chipset for LGA 1155 processors; there's also USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps as standard, and CrossFireX graphics support.

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Intel Developer Forum: Day 1 Highlights on ‘Sandy Bridge’

Intel Developer Forum: Day 1 Highlights on ‘Sandy Bridge’

After the first day of IDF 2010 keynotes the big discussion of the day is around Intel's latest microprocessor architecture code named 'Sandy Bridge.'  Intel revealed more details about this new architecture today and highlighted the increased emphasis on performance in both primary CPU as well as performance around integrated graphics.

The primary performance boost of Sandy Bridge is due to its 4 cores which will be able to process 8 threads simultaneously as well as a new feature named Turbo 2.0.   In essence Turbo 2.0 is an intelligent automatic over-clocking feature which can automatically boost the core CPU performance for a short amount of time in order handle complex tasks.   This feature manages the time the boost is applied to the CPU in order to make sure it does not overheat.

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Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs getting early release

Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs getting early release

Intel has announced that it will launch its next-gen 32nm processor architecture - known as Sandy Bridge - earlier than previously expected, thanks to a "very strong reception" to the new design.  Speaking on the company's financial results call, during which Intel reported over $4bn in operating income, CEO Paul Otellini said that Sandy Bridge chips should arrive late in 2010.

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Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs detailed; not backward-compatible with current motherboards

Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs detailed; not backward-compatible with current motherboards

Details of Intel's Sandy Bridge 32nm processors have leaked, the successors to the current Core i3 and Core i5 chips, and anyone hoping for a straightforward upgrade is out of luck.  According to documentation acquired by Bit-Tech, the new mainstream Sandy Bridge CPUs will use a new LGA1155 socket, one pin short of the existing LGA1156 sockets, and not be backward compatible.  Meanwhile Intel's Sandy Bridge "E" (apparently either "Enthusiast" or "Extreme") "Patsburg" CPUs will get a new LGA2011 socket, with plenty of extra pins for its four channel DDR3 memory controller and 32 lane PCI Express 3.0 support.

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