FinalWire just put the finishing touches on version 2.00 of its AIDA64 application, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool that now supports LGA2011 Intel Sandy Bridge-E processors. Looking ahead to future platforms, the latest build also adds preliminary support for AMD Krishna and Wichita APUs, Intel Atom Cedarview processors, and Ivy Bridge and 7-Series chipsets.
Many of you are waiting with bated breath for Intel to release its upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processors and can't wait to build an LGA 2011 system. If you choose not to, however, it won't be for lack of motherboard options, especially if you're a fan of Gigabyte. After posting spy shots of its G1.Assassin 2 motherboard, Gigabyte just sent us an email loaded with images of each and every X79 motherboard it currently has on tap. Photo gallery after the break.
We've seen a whole lot of teaser shots of soon-to-be-released motherboards built around Intel's X79 (Sandy Bridge-E) platform this week, culminating earlier today in EVGA's dual-socket Super Record 3 (SR3) mainboard. How do you follow something like that? You don't, really -- it's kind of like that scene in Great Balls of Fire! where Jerry Lee Lewis (played by Dennis Quaid) finished his crowd pleasing set by lighting his piano on fire and quipping to Chuck Berry, "Follow that, killer!" But just as Chuck Berry is a legend in his own right, ECS wants to remind everyone that it too knows a thing or two about motherboards.
This will go down as the greatest week ever for anyone who can never get enough sneak peeks of upcoming motherboards. EVGA joins Gigabyte and MSI in uploading pictures of slabs of silicon built around Intel's X79 chipset for Sandy Bridge-E processors, and it's the only one out of the three to equip its board with not one, but TWO LGA 2011 sockets!
If the sight of Gigabyte's G1.Assassin 2 motherboard left you jonesing for more bare naked shots of upcoming LGA 2011 (Sandy Bridge-E) motherboards, you're in luck. MSI's X79A-GD65 8D appeared bareback in front the camera and it's glamor shots are now all over the Web where you can check out its 8D frame (8 DIMM slots).
Noctua seems to understand that a grumpy customer isn't always a repeat customer, and if you want to keep buyers coming back, throw them a bone every once in awhile. Better than a bone, Noctua is giving away NM-I2011 mounting kits to Noctua cooling customers so they can port their existing heatsink/fan solution to Intel's upcoming LGA 2011 (Sandy Bridge-E) platform.
We rarely advocate playing the waiting game when it come to upgrading hardware. The simple reason is that there's always something newer, better, bigger, faster, and just plain more awesome right around the corner, regardless of when you buy. All that said, should you wait for Sandy Bridge-E? That depends on if you have $294 to plunk down on a processor.
It's been rumored that Intel plans to ship its upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processors without a cooler, leaving it up to enthusiasts to choose their own cooling solution, including ones designed by Intel. Serving as evidence that this will probably be the case, the chip maker is showing off its "Intel Thermal Solution RTS2011LC" cooler it designed in collaboration with Asetek.
Intel and AMD have a history of tackling the same problem with different solutions. Remember Intel's Netburst architecture? It was all about extra long pipelines in pursuit of ever-increasing frequencies. AMD went the efficiency route and branded its processors with model numbers intended to denote performance, a marketing trick designed to wean consumers off of GHz ratings. Now the two chip makers are one taking opposite approaches to their upcoming processors, with AMD seriously considering bundling a liquid cooling system (LCS) with its top-flight Bulldozer chip, and Intel reportedly telling Sandy Bridge-E system builders to bring their own coolers.
Intel is being somewhat coy with the launch of its Sandy Bridge-E processors for enthusiasts and still hasn't announced an official release date, leaving it up to the Web's many rumor mills to fill in the blanks. The latest word comes from Turkish website Donanimhaber, which managed to get its hands on leaked slides showing an updated roadmap for Intel's desktop platforms, including Sandy Bridge-E.