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Old 05-30-11, 11:10 PM   #1
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Default Sandy Bridge E motherboards exposed!

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.

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Old 05-30-11, 11:16 PM   #2
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whoa.
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Old 05-30-11, 11:34 PM   #3
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Not sure I like. Looks like we went back in time...
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Not sure I like. Looks like we went back in time...
it definitely does not look as appealing as regular setup..
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Old 05-30-11, 11:45 PM   #5
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Those boards are a work in progress they will have black pcb's and other stuff when finished.
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Old 05-30-11, 11:53 PM   #6
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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.
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Yeah you're right the setup is fugly.
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Old 05-31-11, 12:29 AM   #8
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I rather like it. Looks... retro.
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Old 05-31-11, 01:33 AM   #9
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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...
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Old 05-31-11, 03:44 AM   #10
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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...
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Apparently you do not see this beast ????????????????????????????????
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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.
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