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Sandy Bridge and P67 Prices Revealed

 

Sandy Bridge & P67 Prices Revealed

In case my fellow British readers haven't noticed, its woefully cold outside. The last fortnight has seen temperatures plummet into single and negative figures, which is only made worse by wind chill and regular doses of rain. As I glance through the office window today, I see tufts of snow floating to the ground and One Canada Square firmly in the clouds. Yes, its dark, cold and murky outside but the change in climate can only mean one thing; its Christmas time.

While the general public swarm Oxford Street in hoardes in an attempt to buy their loved ones Christmas gifts, the more "technically influenced" individuals will be comfortably sat behind their computers in a 20*c+ room ordering the same online. So what exactly do you want for Christmas? A shiney new 3D TV? A Macbook Air? Or perhaps you are looking to upgrade your own Desktop?

Those who are hoping to overhaul their computers this Christmas will have a tough decision to make; do I, or do I not wait for Sandy Bridge?

I'm sure that findings over the last few months have helped influence people's decisions but until now we have had little to no knowledge about the products available within future processor families. Now armed with the missing pieces of the puzzle, lets have a brief chat about the all new Pentium, Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 range.

Model
Core/Threads
 Freq/Turbo          
CacheTDPPrice / $ | £
Release Date
Core i7 2600k
 4/8
 3.4/3.8GHz8MB95W317 | 244.99
09/01
Core i7 2600
 4/8
 3.4/3.8GHz8MB95W294 | 229.99
09/01
Core i5 2500k
 4/4 3.3/3.7GHz6MB95W216 | 167.99
09/01
Core i5 2500
 4/4 3.3/3.7GHz6MB95W205 | 159.99
09/01
Core i5 2400
 4/4 3.1/3.4GHz6MB95W184 | 144.99
09/01
Core i5 2300
 4/4 2.8/3.1GHz6MB95W177 | 139.99
09/01
Core i3 2120
 2/4 3.3GHz3MB65W138 | 109.99
20/02
Core i3 2100
 2/4 3.1GHz3MB65W117 | 94.99
20/02
Pentium G850
 2/2
 2.9GHz3MB65W86Q2 - 2011
Pentium G840
 2/2 2.8GHz3MB65W75Q2 - 2011
Pentium G620
  2/2 2.6 GHz8MB65W64Q2 - 2011
Core i7 2600S
 4/8
 2.8/3.8GHz6MB65W30609/01
Core i5 2500S 4/4
 2.7/3.7GHz6MB65W21609/01
Core i5 2500T 4/4 2.3/3.3GHz6MB45W21609/01
Core i5 2400S 4/4
 2.5/3.3GHz6MB65W19509/01
Core i3 2390T 2/4
 2.7/3.5GHz3MB35W19520/02
Core i3 2100T 2/4
 2.5GHz3MB35W12720/02
Pentium G620T 2/2
 2.2GHz3MB35W7027/02

Source - Expreview

...and there we have it. As promised, the new processor families will replace all existing LGA1156 Pentium, Core i3, i5 and i7 processors on the market today. While the extensive processor details are courtesy of Expreview, our own sources have been able to confirm British retail prices for a number of these products.

To break things down, there should be 6 conventional and 4 energy efficient processors available from the first few weeks of January, of which all are Quad Core. At $177, you would be spending roughly as much as one of today's Core i5 750/760 processors for the new technology, however the big spenders should expect to drop nearly $320 or ~£250 for the range topping (and Multiplier unlocked) Core i7 2600k.

The pricing itself seems reasonable on the basis that you will gain an integrated GPU, architectural tweaks as well as generally higher default clock frequencies across the board for the same money.

As previously mentioned, we were informed that these processors are heavily Base Frequency limited and for most of the part, overclocking is limited to the CPU Multiplier only. Out of all of the 10 processors available in January, there are two "K" series processors which offer Multiplier overclocking; the i7 2600k and i5 2500k.

We suspect that the Core i5 2500K will be the pick of the bunch for value for money overclocking with a British price tag of £167.99, inclusive of 2011's 20% VAT. But even though Intel have set these guideline prices, it is not unlikely that retailers may inflate the premium of these multiplier unlocked models.

So it would seem that there is something for everyone in terms of processors...but how much will a P67 motherboard cost? Turn over to find out more...



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Gigabyte P67 Motherboard Prices & Specifications


We also learnt a little more about Gigabyte's P67 lineup as well as the pricing of each motherboard. As Gigabyte's P67 lineup is similar to other brands, it doesn't take a lot of effort to deduce the prices of other boards as well.

Gigabyte P67A-UD3 - £99.99

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Features:
1. Onboard SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps to deliver impeccable data transfer speeds.
2. GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 3 design with 2x Copper PCB to provide the stability, reliability and longevity essential to meet the power needs of high-end processors and other components running today’s most demanding applications and games.
3. Unique GIGABYTE 3x USB Power design with On/Off Charge USB ports to offer faster battery charging for iPhone, iPad and iPod devices.
4. CrossFireX™ support for ultimate graphics performance
5. GIGABYTE patented DualBIOS™ technology delivering the highest level of failure protection.

Brief Specifications:

CPU Support: LGA 1155 Intel® 2nd Generation Core Processors
Chipset: Intel® 6-series Chipset
Memory:  4 DIMMs
Dual Channel DDR3 2200/2133/1600/1333/1066 / 800
Expansion slots: 1* PCI-e x16
1* PCI-e x4, 3* PCI-e x1
2* PCI
Storage:  4* SATA 3Gbps , 4* SATA 6Gbps
4* USB 3.0, 14* USB 2.0
Audio: 8-Channel Audio
LAN: 1* PCI-e GbE
Form Factor: ATX
Others: DualBIOS™, Ultra Durable™ 3, On/Off Charge, 3x USB Power,

 

So it would seem that entry level P67 boards are likely to be available from prices just shy of £100 inc VAT. Sadly you will have to pay a premium if you want a motherboard featuring Gigabyte's Matt Black theme. Regardless, the baby P67 of the range offers a feature set that caters to most people's needs. Do note however that you will be limited to 16x/4x CrossfireX.

Gigabyte P67A-UD4 - £149.99

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Features:
1.    Industry’s leading 12 phase power design for maximum power delivery.
2.    Onboard SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps to deliver impeccable data transfer speeds.
3.    GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 3 design with 2x Copper PCB to provide the stability, reliability and longevity essential to meet the power needs of high-end processors and other components running today’s most demanding applications and games.
4.    Unique GIGABYTE 3x USB Power design with On/Off Charge USB ports to offer faster battery charging for iPhone, iPad and iPod devices.
5.    New Matte Black color PCB offering a stylish new outlook that blends itself to decoration and case mods.
6.    CrossFireX™ and Nvidia® SLIsupport for ultimate graphics performance
7.    GIGABYTE patented DualBIOS™ technology delivering the highest level of failure protection.

Brief Specifications:

CPU Support: LGA 1155 Intel® 2nd Generation Core Processors
Chipset: Intel® 6-series Chipset
Memory:  4 DIMMs
Dual Channel DDR3 1333 / 1066 / 800
Expansion slots: 2* PCI-e x16 ( 1x16 or 2x8)
3* PCI-e x1
2* PCI
Storage:  4* SATA 3Gbps , 4* SATA 6Gbps
4* USB 3.0, 14* USB 2.0

 

Audio: 8-Channel Audio
LAN: 1* PCI-e GbE
Form Factor: ATX
Others: DualBIOS™, Ultra Durable™ 3, On/Off  Charge, 3x USB Power,

 

 

The P67A UD4 brings a 12 Phase Power design, a Black PCB and also SLI support to the table. At £149.99, the more premium UD4 is priced similarly to the cheapest LGA1366 X58 motherboards, including Gigabyte's own X58 UD3R.

It is expected that there will also be a P67A UD3P motherboard that should bridge the price gap between the aforementioned products. If however you are only interested in Gigabyte's finest then please turn over...



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Sandy Bridge and P67 Prices Revealed

 

Gigabyte P67A UD5 - £209.99

 

Sandy Bridge and P67 Prices Revealed

Features:
1. Industry’s leading 20 phase power design for maximum power delivery.
2. Onboard SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps to deliver impeccable data transfer speeds.
3. GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 3 design with 2x Copper PCB to provide the stability, reliability and longevity essential to meet the power needs of high-end processors and other components running today’s most demanding applications and games.
4. Unique GIGABYTE 3x USB Power design with On/Off Charge USB ports to offer faster battery charging for iPhone, iPad and iPod devices.
5. New Matte Black color PCB offering a stylish new outlook that blends itself to decoration and case mods.
6. CrossFireX™ and Nvidia® SLIsupport for ultimate graphics performance
7. GIGABYTE patented DualBIOS™ technology delivering the highest level of failure protection.

Brief Specifications:

CPU Support: LGA 1155 Intel® 2nd Generation Core Processors
Chipset: Intel® 6-series Chipset
Memory:  4 DIMMs
Dual Channel DDR3 1333 / 1066 / 800
Expansion slots: 2* PCI-e x16 ( 1x16 or 2x8)
1* PCI-e x4, 2* PCI-e x1
2* PCI
Storage:  4* SATA 3Gbps , 4* SATA 6Gbps
8* USB 3.0, 10* USB 2.0
3* IEEE1394
Audio: 8-Channel Audio
LAN: 1* PCI-e GbE
Form Factor: ATX
Others: DualBIOS™, Ultra Durable™ 3, On/Off Charge, 3x USB Power,


Note that the UD5's cooling solution seems to be covering an area of the motherboard that was otherwise empty on the similar UD4 motherboard. This could possibly hint towards a third party nF200 chip for additional PCI-Express lanes.

Aside this, overclockers are treated to a staggering 20 phase power design.

Gigabyte P67A-UD7 - £249.99

Sandy Bridge and P67 Prices Revealed

Features:
1. Industry’s leading 24 phase power design for maximum power delivery.
2. GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 3 design with 2x Copper PCB to provide the stability, reliability and longevity essential to meet the power needs of high-end processors and other components running today’s most demanding applications and games.
3. Onboard 10 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports (total of 18 USB ports including USB 2.0) and 6 SATA 6Gbps to deliver impeccable data transfer speeds.
4. CrossFireX™ and Nvidia® 3-Way SLI support for ultimate gaming experience.
5. New Matte Black color PCB offering a stylish new outlook that blends itself to decoration and case mods.
6. Dual Gigabit LAN with Smart Dual LAN technology offering hassle free, zero downtime and high speed network connectivity
7. Unique GIGABYTE 3x USB Power design with On/Off Charge USB ports to offer faster battery charging for iPhone, iPad and iPod devices.
8. GIGABYTE patented DualBIOS™ technology delivering the highest level of failure protection.

Brief Specifications:

CPU Support: LGA 1155 Intel® 2nd Generation Core Processors
Chipset: Intel® 6-series Chipset
Memory:  4 DIMMs
Dual Channel DDR3 2200 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 / 800
Expansion slots: 4* PCI-e x16 ( 2x16 or 4x8)
1* PCI-e x1
2* PCI
Storage:  4* SATA 3Gbps , 6* SATA 6Gbps
10* USB 3.0, 8* USB 2.0
3* IEEE1394
Audio: 8-Channel Audio
LAN: 2* PCI-e GbE
Form Factor: ATX
Others: DualBIOS™, Ultra Durable™ 3, On/Off Charge, 3x USB Power


Last but most certainly not the lease, behold the range topping P67A-UD7 motherboard, which we recently previewed here. The UD7 boasts a fully USB 3.0 back panel, 6 SATA3 ports and an obsene 24 phase power design. This will set you back a jaw dropping £250, but when your ambition is to break 3DMark records on the Core i7 2600K processor, you would only want the best.



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Preliminary Thoughts

 

To conclude, there is a lot to look forward to with the release of Intel's new product family. While overclockers may feel as though they've walked into a McDonalds that is purely vegan, except for two burgers priced at £5 and £7, we don't think you'll be too disappointed regardless. Given that there has been evidence of these processors reaching up to 5GHz on air, there is inevitably very little room to complain. Much like how certain processors in a given family become the overclocker's choice, we expect that the same will hold for the upcoming 2500K and 2600K processors, because they will perform so well. Simply ignore that it is your ONLY choice and you will be as happy as Larry.

Its not all bad in terms of motherboards either. An entry level motherboard will set you back just short of £100 while performance variants can be had from £150 upwards. One interesting thought is that we may see certain consumer attention moving away from the "extreme" motherboards. As these processors are not made for BCLK overclocking, you needn't worry about causing as much strain on your motherboard either. For example, we regularly dismiss motherboards that fail to reach the magic 200MHz BCLK mark today, however next year it wouldn't even matter. Indeed we still need motherboards with reasonable enough power phase design, but assuming this criteria is met, one could argue that the importance of the motherboard has just been compromised somewhat. Will this hold in practice? Only time will tell.

Clearly there is still much more that we would like to find out but there is no denying that the new LGA1155 generation is looking mighty promising. So for those who continue to bleet "do I or do I not wait for Sandy Bridge?", the answer is WAIT.

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