Computex: Intel Sandy Bridge 6-series motherboards make appearance
Subject: Motherboards | June 4, 2010 - 08:05 AM | Ryan Shrout
While we know quite a bit about the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge CPU architecture we have yet to see much about the platform it will run on. The processor socket might look the same but we are told this LGA1155 (vs the LGA1156 for Lynnfield and Clarkdale) change will not allow the CPUs to swap spots. Because the Sandy Bridge CPU will have pin outs for video headers and will actually be electrically different, you'll be buying a new board if you want to upgrade.
Speaking of those upgrades, we did see a handful of motherboards on display calling themselves either "Intel Sandy Bridge" motherboards or "Intel 6-series Chipset" motherboards.
Other than these details it is hard to get any more information simply based on motherboard pictures and basic spec lists. It doesn't look like the 6-series will integrate SATA 6G though but because I don't see any USB 3.0 chips on the board it's possible Intel has added USB 3.0 to the next series. We will likely find out in September at the Intel Developer Forum or at least when we hit the launch period in Q1 2011.