Intel already has more than a year, the first Sandy Bridge processors and presented it covers all areas of the processor market, all is not quite correct, because the high-end segment, Which had been the six-core processors, codenamed Gulftown the say what not initially provided with the new socket and the revised architecture. Meanwhile, Intel has made up with this and Sandy Bridge E is the desktop counterpart to the server processors Sandy Bridge EP / EN along with a new socket (LGA 2011) presented, four or six real cores (up to 12 threads) with a high clock speed, up to a whopping 15 megabytes of L3 cache and a quad-channel memory interface, the new flagship of Intel to offer. However, this course had the integrated graphics unit for the enthusiast and Malthus for the target group of high-end processors anyway probably unlikely to be of interest.
Intel has with the introduction of Sandy Bridge E processors not only catapulted the Sandy Bridge architecture in the high-end sector, but also changed the base platform properly, sun all based Sandy Bridge-E models on a new socket
with 2011 pads. It is the established and proven technology of the land grid array (LGA) was used and was fitted with a new locking mechanism, during the previous processor generations have been backed by a comprehensive framework, including lever, at Sandy Bridge are now two such e-lever appearance.
The Sandy Bridge Intel processors I paired with the X79 chipset (code name: Patsburg), which is manufactured in a 65nm process, compared to previous versions X79 offers no new features and is more or less congruent with the known P67. The chipset, consisting of a single-chip solution (platform controller hub, briefly PCH), is connected via DMI 2.0 with the CPU, features include among others, Intel HD audio, eight PCI Express 2.0 lanes, 14 USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and a total of six SATA ports.
The Extreme Series DX79SI it's done and provides four USB 3.0 ports, also interesting is the official support of three PEG slots for PCI Express version 3.0, the disposal of the Sandy Bridge E processors only unofficially.
Sandy Bridge-E was designed for high-end oriented to server CPUs and accordingly has to offer quite a bit of power, in addition to the Extreme Edition with six cores and 15 MB L3 cache rich, it also offers better family members on Sandy Bridge E basis, the variants include, for quad-core CPUs with 10 MB L3 cache and six-core with 12 MB L3 cache.