Waiting for Intel to launch Sandy Bridge-E before overhauling your system? According to the latest online chatter, you'll have to hang tight until November as Intel works ferociously to tweak its Waimea Bay platform at least one more. It appears Intel is a bit concerned about AMD's FX processor refresh coming in early 2012, VR-Zone says, but at the same time will make cuts to its X79 chipset in order to get a shipping product out the door in 2011. More on this and Ivy Bridge overclocking woes after the break.
We'd like to tell you we donned our ninja suits, infiltrated Intel's facilities, and made off with a bunch of secrets all without getting caught, but none of that actually happened. Lucky for us, we didn't have to take things that far, because a Turkish website -- the same one that reported AMD's delayed Bulldozer launch -- is serving up details on a trio of upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processors.
Intel isn't planning to launch its Sandy Bridge-E series of processors until later this year, but if you absolutely, positively, really want to get your hands on one, come hell or high water, there's a chance you can grab one. That is, if you're willing to part with around $1,400 (with shipping) in exchange for a CPU that won't fit in any of your motherboards.
A week ago today, a leaked roadmap revealed Intel's future desktop processor plans, including the launch of the chip maker's high-end Sandy Bridge-E platform in the fourth quarter of 2011. Other than providing some rough launch estimates, the slides didn't provide much in the way of clockspeeds or other specifications. As luck would have it, yet another slide has made its way to the Web, and this one's a little more revealing than the last.
One of the most frequently asked questions would-be builders ask is whether to buy parts now or wait for what's just around the corner. Generally speaking, you're usually better off building something new when your current gear is no longer able to get the job done, but it never hurts to at least take a peek at what products are in the pipeline. To help you do that, a leaked Intel roadmap is making the rounds. Let's have a look.