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    sandybridge information

    when intel release sandybridge?
    is there any supermicro mobo support for sandybridge?

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    CES 2011 is only a few days away.

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    Sandy Bridge officially launches the second week of January (9th)... The current release of Sandy Bridge products will consist of the desktop lineup only.

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    CES is on Jan 5th. Sales are on 9th, I'd like an octacore.
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    so for server cpu it takes another week? or month?

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    Don't expect "Sandy Bridge" architecture-based server processors until later in the year... Check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_B...roarchitecture)

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    Intel will release Xeon E3-12xx series uni-processors (socket 1155 sandy bridge) next week at CES
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._.2832_nm.29_3

    incidentally, supermicro will announce X9Sxx series of single socket 1155 server boards as well:
    http://hardforum.com/showpost.php?p=...05&postcount=1

    judging from past experience, we prolly won't be able to actually buy them from distribution channels till mid-Jan.
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    Intel officially released sandy-bridge based i5-2xxx (quad-core + on-die graphic core):
    http://www.intel.com/products/proces...rei5/index.htm

    also, some socket 1155 desktop boards with H67 chipset were released too. these 2 boards look promising for rack server chassis:
    http://www.intel.com/products/deskto...L-overview.htm
    http://www.intel.com/products/deskto...F-overview.htm

    these CPUs/boards can be targeted for low-budget quad-core server builds to replace those old socket 775/DDR2 staffs. mind you that DDR3 price is at all time low, but DDR2 stays pretty high.

    it's been a long time coming! we couldn't put i5 lynnfield quad-core CPU on budget 1156 desktop board because you couldn't get a video port unless you install a standalone video card in 1U chassis. NOW you can do that with socket 1155 staffs because sandy bridge CPU has on-die graphic and H67 chipset provide a video port on board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cwl@apaqdigital View Post
    Intel officially released sandy-bridge based i5-2xxx (quad-core + on-die graphic core):
    http://www.intel.com/products/proces...rei5/index.htm

    also, some socket 1155 desktop boards with H67 chipset were released too. these 2 boards look promising for rack server chassis:
    http://www.intel.com/products/deskto...L-overview.htm
    http://www.intel.com/products/deskto...F-overview.htm

    these CPUs/boards can be targeted for low-budget quad-core server builds to replace those old socket 775/DDR2 staffs. mind you that DDR3 price is at all time low, but DDR2 stays pretty high.

    it's been a long time coming! we couldn't put i5 lynnfield quad-core CPU on budget 1156 desktop board because you couldn't get a video port unless you install a standalone video card in 1U chassis. NOW you can do that with socket 1155 staffs because sandy bridge CPU has on-die graphic and H67 chipset provide a video port on board.
    Nice. Good information as always.

    I'm not looking forward to figuring out which boards actually work well / reliable and with what ram on the new chips though
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    Quote Originally Posted by cwl@apaqdigital View Post
    Intel officially released sandy-bridge based i5-2xxx (quad-core + on-die graphic core):
    http://www.intel.com/products/proces...rei5/index.htm

    also, some socket 1155 desktop boards with H67 chipset were released too. these 2 boards look promising for rack server chassis:
    http://www.intel.com/products/deskto...L-overview.htm
    http://www.intel.com/products/deskto...F-overview.htm

    these CPUs/boards can be targeted for low-budget quad-core server builds to replace those old socket 775/DDR2 staffs. mind you that DDR3 price is at all time low, but DDR2 stays pretty high.

    it's been a long time coming! we couldn't put i5 lynnfield quad-core CPU on budget 1156 desktop board because you couldn't get a video port unless you install a standalone video card in 1U chassis. NOW you can do that with socket 1155 staffs because sandy bridge CPU has on-die graphic and H67 chipset provide a video port on board.
    so apaq, when you will start selling those supermicro provide with sandybridge?

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    sandy bridge Xeon E3-12xx series hasn't been officially released by Intel yet. hopefully it will be in next few days. supermicro X9 socket 1155 boards should be announced immediately after.

    usually from product announcement/release to the actual availability in distribution channels takes a while, anywhere from 1-week to 1-month I guess...
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    words from our vendors are i5 2xxx sandy bridge CPUs and intel socket 1156 desktop boards will be all over the places comes next week.

    street price for i5-2500 (3.3Ghz quad-core, 6M L3, 32nm, 95w TDP, no HT) will be around $220 which is the best price/performance chip and a good candidate to outdate i5-750/760 chip.

    still no firm release date on Xeon E3 sandy bridge stuffs other than supermicro will have some engineer samples of X9SCM-F/X9SCL-F 1155 boards available by end of Jan.

    socket 1155 boards, either Intel desktop boards or SM server boards, will support 6G/s SATA-III as well as 5G/s USB 3.0, both should be supported by the upcoming (maybe in 2 weeks?!) CentOS 6.0 stock kernel.
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    How do those new chips perform compare to X3400 series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eiv View Post
    How do those new chips perform compare to X3400 series.
    the fair comparison shall be Xeon E3 sandy bridge 1155 v Xeon Lynnfield X34xx 1156, but you just can't find any published benchmarks on Xeon UP platform of any kind!

    anyway, according to published benchmarks found on web, i5-2500 sandy bridge (3.3Ghz quad-core 6M L3 no HT no ECC) performs anywhere between 50%~80% better than i5-750 lynnfield (2.66Ghz quad-core 8M L3 no HT no ECC) on desktop/workstation apps, yet i5-2500 costs just ~$25 more. it's very likely we will see the same performance/cost spread between said Xeon E3 1240 (3.3Ghz quad-core 8M L3 HT ECC 95w) v Xeon X3440 (2.66Ghz quad-core 8M L3 HT ECC 95w). Xeon E3 sandy-bridge will have substantial performance gain over Xeon lynnfield per dollar.
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    http://l2.microcentermail.com/C2L/er.aspx?k=nX9AweyGi0wYCWMlpQ3ZhCc8B7S8U5Fk44igSb6oTNUyEzkZUitoZg$$
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    the "K" version of i5 2xxx means the on-die clock multiplier is officially "unlocked" so that you can basically "overclock" (or turbo boost), with Intel's blessing, the processor all you want providing that all other components on the platform can provide a stable systems. generally speaking, you don't really want to do so on a production server!

    was it me, I would stay with i5-2500 or 2600 w/o "K", and they are much cheaper as well.
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    Any word yet? I was looking to build a 1156 server but SB came a lot quicker than I thought.

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    any word on what? they have just barely been released and this thread is only a few days old.
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    5 days since last reply, just anxious heh

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    firstly, still no firm release date of Xeon E3 series. as far as I know, it will be at least another 4~6 weeks before we can have an operational platform based on Xeon E3 installed on supermicro X9 socket 1155 server board.

    we did get a chance to test core i5-2500 installed on Intel DH67CF desktop board (mini ITX board, 2x DDR3 DIMM, H67 south bridge, Intel 82579V Gb NIC), but CentOS 5.5 installation was not so swift:
    1. there is no working driver (either kernel built-in nor 3rd party) for Intel 82579V NIC port, Intel yet to release an updated e1000e driver nor any new source code to include 82579 chip! thus, can't even compile a workable ".ko" driver for any linux distro.
    2. you must use ACHI mode for any SATA drives attached. can't use "IDE" mode due to the new ICHx controller inside H67.
    3. no graphic mode installation, neither "linux VESA" will work! you must do "linux text" install.
    4. socket 1156 cooler/heatsink works just fine for socket 1155 board. we use Dynatron K2 active blower/heatsink for the intel 1155 board.

    although we didn't test it, but I don't really anticipate issues for windows installation. for CentOS installation, the only work-around is to install a standalone PCI-E based NIC card for Linux installation before Intel releases updated source code for e1000e driver.

    "cat /proc/cpuinfo" does identify i5-2500 as "sandy bridge", it detects "3.3Ghz", and sees all 4 cores.
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    Asrock (rebranded Asus) H67M (2x DDR3) or H67M-GE (4x DDR3) can be good candidates for budget socket 1155 servers:
    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=H67M
    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=H67M-GE
    both comes with Realtek RTL8111E Gb NIC port (the same NIC found on Intel D525MW Atom baord) which is supported by CentOS 5.5 stock kernel

    newegg is selling H67M for $89
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157220
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    Will those fit in 1U? Seems like it wont due to higher audio and nic ports?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CGotzmann View Post
    Will those fit in 1U? Seems like it wont due to higher audio and nic ports?
    judging from the picture of rear IO ports shown on Asrock's page, it will fit 1U rear panel.

    just about the only make among major brands you can't use in 1U chassis is MSI which still uses tall audio ports on all their desktop boards.
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    what about the i/o panel? is it necessary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGotzmann View Post
    Will those fit in 1U? Seems like it wont due to higher audio and nic ports?
    You can always use pliers to rip the back off your i/o panel on the cases
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