Sandy Bridge-E was Officially Released on November 14, 2011
Intel’s new flagship processor, the Core i7-3960X, which is part of the family Sandy Bridge E was today officially launched on November 14, as we have mentioned earlier (November 15). Today we have access to different reviews published on various sites. Gathering of the information available on those sites, we have this information.
Only 6 cores enabled for Desktop versions
As we have said earlier, the new Sandy Bridge-E technically has 8 cores, but comes with only 6 cores turned ON. Whereas, for the corresponding Xeon series the other two remaining cores are enabled. The size of this piece of silicon is amazing, it’s too small though it is containing 2.27 billion transistors.
No Quick Sync in Sandy Bridge-E
Intel Sandy Bridge-E has some characteristics that may be strange. Intel prefers to have a massive L3 cache, which occupies a major portion of the die but at the same time, features such as Quick Sync, which comes from the hand of integrated video, have completely disappeared in these new exponents. One of the most noteworthy features in this new processor is the ability to operate with four 64-bit channels simultaneously. But officially, Intel said that it can run at 1600 MHz and can use only one memory module per channel, whereas if we wish to operate with all slots occupied then it’s aspired to be 1333 MHz. Now, this does not mean that everyone can raise the frequency of their memories, it’s just what the manufacturer claims what will work.
X79 Chipset lacks native USB 3.0 Support
Moreover, the X79 chipset brings support for SATA 6 Gbps ports for all, but yet we miss native USB 3.0 support.
Reviews from Other Reliable Sources
- Legit Reviews
- Overclockers Club
- Tom’s Hardware
- X-bit Labs