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Old 03-30-11, 06:06 AM   #1
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Exclamation Intel X79 Chipset

next platform for enthusiasts (successor to LGA1366, X58), will consist of a 2011-pin LGA socket, the Sandy Bridge-E (enthusiast) processor that features a massive quad-channel DDR3 memory controller and 32+ lane PCI-Express 2.0 hub, and the X79 chipset. Intel is looking to skip the 6-series chipset family with its next high-end platform chipset, and perhaps it makes sense since the platform is slated for Q4 2011. The X79 is a PCH (platform controller hub), like P55 and P67, since Intel has reorganized the platform. The beefy PCI-E hub housed in the X58 northbridge is relocated to the processor die, and the southbridge is given a much needed overhaul in terms of connectivity.

The X79 is much bigger than P67 in terms of connectivity and features. Differences start right at the interconnect. While P67 connects to the processor over DMI (physical PCI-Express 2.0 x4), X79 supplements this link with an additional PCI-Express 2.0 x4 link to the processor's PCI-E hub if the user chooses so, in the EFI setup program. The chipset bus hence ends up with 8 GB/s of bandwidth, and wait till you hear what will make use of it: a 10-port SATA 6 Gb/s RAID controller integrated to the PCH! That is a huge improvement in terms of storage connectivity, which is limping with 2-port SATA 6 Gb/s (next to four 3 Gb/s ports) on 6-series chipsets.
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Old 03-30-11, 08:10 AM   #2
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Now we are talking.
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Old 03-30-11, 08:54 AM   #3
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Yeah! This is what we've wanted
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They've finally done away with support for PCI. Good riddance.
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Old 03-30-11, 09:47 AM   #5
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USB 2.0? :s
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USB 2.0? :s
Manufacturers will undoubtedly add USB3.0. It's not really surprising, considering there really aren't many USB3.0 devices at present.
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They've finally done away with support for PCI. Good riddance.
I've often wondered who still uses PCI....
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I've often wondered who still uses PCI....
I do for my sound card
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I've often wondered who still uses PCI....
A lot of devices use PCI. Capture cards, sound cards, etc.

They should have left at least 1 PCI slot.
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I wish my mobo had more than 1 PCI slot (which is unfortunately occluded by one of my gfx cards)...had to buy a PCI-E soundcard rather than a cheaper PCI one.
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Here's hoping things will work out so I can upgrade to this come this year's end. And the only add-in card I have is my graphics card so I'm not too worried about PCI.
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Old 03-30-11, 12:32 PM   #12
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I think that even the P67 lacks native PCI support and that is only provided by a bridge chip (IT8892)
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