CeBIT in Hannover, Germany is a big event. It’s not as big as CES, but it usually brings with it some hardware announcements and this year is no different. G.Skill was the first with a press release on high speed 4 x 8 GB memory kits that I posed on the forum – G.Skill Goes Crazy With High Density. Today, they’ve gone even faster with their 4 x 4 GB kits, even at decent timings – DDR3-2400 @ 11-11-11-30 and 9-11-11-31 and DDR3-2666 at 10-12-12-31.
Hot on the heels of Intel’s release of their Sandy Bridge-EP server chips, EVGA has announced the first dual-CPU motherboard for the new platform. Like its predecessor, it is a straight up monster.
The specifications are quite impressive to say the least. You can download the PDF right here (1.5MB). Presumably this means the SB-EP chips can, in fact, be overclocked or this would be a massive waste. VR-Zone couldn’t find a way to do it in their initial review, but they seemed at least a little hopeful. According to Jacob Freeman of EVGA, the board does support overclocking, but the CPUs…notsomuch. The current generation of SB-EP CPUs are multiplier-locked and don’t scale very high on BCLK alone.
Last, but certainly not least LAB501 has been to CeBIT and given us some lovely photos of motherboards we can expect with the coming Z77 chipset from Intel for Ivy Bridge. We’ll just let these photos speak for themselves.
(I’m not sure which watermark that is on the Z77A-GD55 and would love to give credit where it’s due, so if you know that watermark, please let us know! I got all of these photos after seeing them courtesy Nelly at The Raptor Pit.)
Well, there you have it folks, lots of CeBIT goodness. While you’re reading, Anandtech has posted an unsanctioned Ivy Bridge preview too, so be sure to check it out when you get a chance: The Ivy Bridge Preview: Core i7 3770K Tested. Can’t wait to get one on the test bench!