Ivy Bridge and X79, it might not be great news but now you know

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2011 - 10:53 AM |
Tagged: Ivy Bridge, x79, Waimea Bay, sandy bridge-e

It almost seems as if AMD is the only company managing to keep up to their schedules, though you could argue that they don't have a CEO cracking the whip and pushing forward release dates.  First NVIDIA's GPU woes and now thanks to VR-Zone we know that the X79 Waimea Bay chipset won't be made available until November, which significantly reduces the chances of it being under your Christmas Tree.  It should get them to major manufacturers in time for them to consider the platform when they release their 2012 lineup, but as system builders we can only hope that someone pushes out a product as quickly as possible, so we can pick it up and spend January dealing with the inevitable bugs you get from pushing something out early.

View Full Size

But wait, that's not all ... how does an Ivy Bridge processor locked at a 100MHz base clock strike you?  It seems that is what Intel is planning on releasing with both Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge-E, with a less than useful exception.  Both chip architectures will be theoretically overclockable, but not in the single MHz steps that we have become used to.  Instead Ivy Bridge will offer you the ability to jump from 100MHz to 133MHz, no stops in between.  Sandy Bridge-E will offer higher stops but again it will limit you to only those frequency jumps, something the overclocking community is not going to appreciate. 

View Full Size

"We don't like to be the bringers of bad news, but it's come to our attention that Intel has decided to change its high-end consumer Waimea Bay platform one more time before it launches. The only good news is that we've managed to pin-point which month the platform is expected to launch and that is November and there are several reasons behind this choice."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

Source: VR-Zone
August 1, 2011 | 12:35 PM - Posted by Macabre215 (not verified)

For me this makes Sandy Bridge to be the likely choice for a new build in a couple months, unless Bulldozer is impressive. If the main function of your desktop is gaming then Ivybridge will likely be a waste.

August 1, 2011 | 12:59 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

I wouldn't totally dismiss it, but for overclockers the X58 has some serious staying power. Bulldozer is on time, we should start seeing the chips by Fall, which will give us a much better idea as to their performance.

August 2, 2011 | 05:49 AM - Posted by Prodeous (not verified)

So it looks like they are bringing back the FSB :) Full circle.

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <blockquote><p><br>
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.

More information about formatting options

By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.