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First Details on Intel X79 Express Chipset

Crucial Expands Gaming Line with New Ballistix Sport Memory Series

Intel Ships Celeron B810 Processors

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First Details on Intel X79 Express Chipset

The source posted a few slides from an Intel presentation on the X79 Express chipset.

So, X79 Express is designed for high-end motherboards with the future Socket LGA 2011. The corresponding Sandy Bridge E-series processors, which are supposedly slated for Q4'2011, will feature built-in quad-channel DDR3 controllers and 32 PCI Express lanes.

As you can see on the second image, X79 Express will be somewhat of an I/O hub. It will offer 8 PCI Express lanes, an audio codec, 14 SATA and 14 USB 2.0 ports, and a Gigabit Ethernet interface. 10 of the 14 SATA ports are SATA 6Gbps, 8 will support SATA/SAS drives. Intel Rapid Storage technology will also support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 modes.

Compared with the P67 chipset using the DMI interface (PCIe 2.0 x4), X79 will be able to use 4 more PCIe 2.0 lanes by enabling the corresponding option in EFI. Considering the area of application, another important feature is support for CPU/memory overclocking.

Note that there's no mention of USB 3.0 or Intel's own Thunderbolt.

Source: it.com.cn

Crucial Expands Gaming Line with New Ballistix Sport Memory Series

Lexar Media today introduced the Crucial Ballistix Sport memory series designed for mainstream users, gamers, and general PC enthusiasts. The new memory supports latest AMD and Intel platforms, including 2nd Generation Intel Core (Sandy Bridge). The modules feature new heatspreaders and standard timings and voltages.

The complete Crucial Ballistix Sport series:

  • 2GB DDR2, 800MHz, CL5, 1.8V $38.99
  • 2 x 2GB DDR2, 800MHz, CL5, 1.8V $76.99
  • 1GB DDR3, 1333MHz, CL9, 1.5V $16.99
  • 2GB DDR3, 1333MHz, CL9, 1.5V $25.99
  • 2 x 1GB DDR3, 1333MHz, CL9, 1.5V $32.99
  • 3 x 1GB DDR3, 1333MHz, CL9, 1.5V $49.99
  • 2 x 2GB DDR3, 1333MHz, CL9, 1.5V $50.99
  • 3 x 2GB DDR3, 1333MHz, CL9, 1.5V $76.99

The Crucial Ballistix Sport series is backed by a limited-lifetime warranty and is available globally today.

Source: Lexar Media

Intel Ships Celeron B810 Processors

Intel started shipping Celeron B810, the first Celeron processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture. The novelty is intended for notebooks (e.g. Fujitsu Lifebook E751, S751, S761) and costs $86 in 1,000-unit quantities.

The 32nm Celeron B810 has two cores operating at 1.6GHz, 2MB of cache, a dual-channel memory controller supporting DDR3-1066/1333 and built-in graphics operating at 650MHz. The TDP is 35W.

Source: Intel

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