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AthlonXP1800
05-30-11, 10:10 PM
Sandy Bridge E motherboards could have issues with CPU coolers not able to fit due to DIMMs slots spilt to both sides of CPU socket.

ASUS CIX79 EVO (http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=ro&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Flab501.ro%2Fstiri%2Fcomputex-2011-implementari-intel-x79-de-la-asus-gigabyte-msi-si-asrock)

http://lab501.ro/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/asus_x79a-482x580.jpg

Gigabyte X79A-UD3 (http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-s-socket-2011-motherboard-at-computex/12430.html)

http://limages.vr-zone.net/body/12430/UD3_GA-X79A.jpeg.png

ECS X79R-A (http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-x79--ecs-x79r-a-sighted-at-computex/12428.html)

http://assets.vr-zone.net/12422/IMG_7855.jpg

ASRock X79 Extreme4 (http://vr-zone.com/computex/intel-x79--asrock-x79-extreme4-exposed/12436.html)

http://limages.vr-zone.net/body/12436/IMG_7964.jpg.png

Foxconn Quantum Force (http://vr-zone.com/articles/foxconn-quantum-force-is-back-with-x79/12437.html)

http://limages.vr-zone.net/body/12437/Foxconn_QuantumForce_X79_1.jpg.png

bob saget
05-30-11, 10:16 PM
whoa.

Bearclaw
05-30-11, 10:34 PM
Not sure I like. Looks like we went back in time... :wtf:

bob saget
05-30-11, 10:40 PM
Not sure I like. Looks like we went back in time... :wtf:

it definitely does not look as appealing as regular setup..

Rummy
05-30-11, 10:45 PM
Those boards are a work in progress they will have black pcb's and other stuff when finished.

Bearclaw
05-30-11, 10:53 PM
Those boards are a work in progress they will have black pcb's and other stuff when finished.

I could care less about those colors - It's the odd looking RAM slots that bother me.... ugh.

Rummy
05-30-11, 11:27 PM
Yeah you're right the setup is fugly.

Redeemed
05-30-11, 11:29 PM
I rather like it. Looks... retro. :)

Roadhog
05-31-11, 12:33 AM
the layouts on all of them suck.

ECS is the only one that you can have 3, dual slot gpus plus a pcie sound card...

Viral
05-31-11, 02:44 AM
No coolers on them yet that's why they look like they're from 10 years ago. Still, that's a huge socket with not much room around it because of the RAM slots...

italy2010
05-31-11, 02:47 AM
Apparently you do not see this beast ????????????????????????????????

Bman212121
05-31-11, 10:26 AM
the layouts on all of them suck.

ECS is the only one that you can have 3, dual slot gpus plus a pcie sound card...

Not like too many people have to worry about that in the first place... But I only see gigabyte UD3. They have 4 - 7 on sandy bridge so it's likely they will have a board with 7 PCI-E slots on it.


Guessing the reason for splitting the memory on both sides is because of the massive amount of wiring needed if they are running quad channel. That means that would need 2x as many wires on one side of the board as most other configs, and 33% more than even LGA1366. They would probably need at least another layer to make that happen. By doing it this way I'd imagine the latency could also be reduced some.

Another thing to consider is that DDR3 is noticeably shorter than DDR2 is. Other than the memory which has giant fins sticking out of the top of them most sticks will probably be short enough to fit underneath a lot of coolers.



Anyone catch how about half of the south bridge chips don't even have heatsinks on them? Guessing we're in for some very cool chipsets this time around.

bob saget
05-31-11, 10:39 AM
Apparently you do not see this beast ????????????????????????????????

needs moar sata ports.

hirantha
05-31-11, 01:21 PM
Oh my PCI X-fi sound card won't go to waste!! yay!!:D

DiscipleDOC
05-31-11, 01:33 PM
Apparently you do not see this beast ????????????????????????????????

Needs more RAM.

ViN86
05-31-11, 03:13 PM
/me scratches head

Splitting the DRAM slots like that is interesting...

Stoneyguy
05-31-11, 03:18 PM
Those boards are a work in progress they will have black pcb's and other stuff when finished.

Are they a work in progress? It seems odd that they would have the markings they do if they weren't final builds.

Sean_W
05-31-11, 03:56 PM
Yeah you're right the setup is fugly.

Yep, and WTF is it with the ram slots, ugh.... :headexplode:

Redeemed
05-31-11, 04:13 PM
I'm not so sure why ya'll are so turned off by the RAM slot placement. I mean, is motherboard layouts supposed to remain the same indefinitely? I think it looks kinda' neat. :)

One thing I'm looking forward to, is the form factor that'll replace ATX... with how crowded high-end PCs are getting now days we're going to need a different form factor to accomodate these beast-rigs before too long. I kinda' view this as a very small step in that direction. :)

ViN86
05-31-11, 04:17 PM
I'm not so sure why ya'll are so turned off by the RAM slot placement. I mean, is motherboard layouts supposed to remain the same indefinitely? I think it looks kinda' neat. :)


The idea behind a motherboard is not form over function. I don't care if it's the ugliest board ever, as long as the layout is properly done. :lol:

This layout could eliminate the use of some HSF's. Also, the PCIe slot layouts are pretty bad (with the exception of the ECS board) for anyone who plans to use more than one dual slot GPU.

Redeemed
05-31-11, 04:22 PM
The idea behind a motherboard is not form over function. I don't care if it's the ugliest board ever, as long as the layout is properly done. :lol:

This layout could eliminate the use of some HSF's. Also, the PCIe slot layouts are pretty bad (with the exception of the ECS board) for anyone who plans to use more than one dual slot GPU.

Well, you have any better layout ideas? :lol:

And as for HSFs, I think this will be easily over come. The PCI-e layout, however, is a chore unless you use something like e-ATX. We're reaching the limits of the current ATX form factor in my opinion. Untill a new one is agreed upon, we'll likely continue to have mobos where Quad SLi and Quad-Fire is difficult to accomplish.

Sean_W
05-31-11, 10:35 PM
I'm not so sure why ya'll are so turned off by the RAM slot placement. I mean, is motherboard layouts supposed to remain the same indefinitely? I think it looks kinda' neat. :)


Ugly. It makes no sense to put ram slots like that. They may as well put 3 PCI slots around the friggin board as well on opposite sides. :headexplode:

ViN86
06-01-11, 09:12 AM
Well, you have any better layout ideas? :lol:

And as for HSFs, I think this will be easily over come. The PCI-e layout, however, is a chore unless you use something like e-ATX. We're reaching the limits of the current ATX form factor in my opinion. Untill a new one is agreed upon, we'll likely continue to have mobos where Quad SLi and Quad-Fire is difficult to accomplish.

Sure I do. But what does that matter if I'm not designing the boards heh. Also what was wrong with the previous RAM configuration?

Intel17
06-01-11, 09:42 AM
Love these boards! Also, loving how huge the socket is. It's just so bad-ass. I think by the end of next year, I'll build myself a hardcore IVB-E rig with Tri-SLI 680's (or whatever Kepler's called)

Pennyboy
06-02-11, 04:39 AM
Is there a certain reason why they put memory slots on each side of the CPU??