G.Skill DDR3-2666, EVGA SR-X, Z77 Boards @ CeBIT – Plus Ivy Bridge!


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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.

Image Courtesy G.Skill
Image Courtesy G.Skill

Image Courtesy G.Skill
Image Courtesy G.Skill

Image Courtesy G.Skill
Image Courtesy G.Skill

Image Courtesy G.Skill
Image Courtesy G.Skill

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.

Image Courtsey EVGA
Image Courtsey EVGA
Image Courtsey EVGA
Image Courtsey EVGA

Image Courtsey EVGA
Image Courtsey EVGA
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.

ASUS

ASUS P7Z77i Deluxe
ASUS P8Z77-i Deluxe

ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe
ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe

ASUS Sabertooth Z77
ASUS Sabertooth Z77

ASUS Maximus V Gene
ASUS Maximus V Gene
ASUS Maximus V Formula
ASUS Maximus V Formula

Gigabyte

Gigabyte Z77-XD3H
Gigabyte Z77X-D3H

Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H
Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3

MSI

MSI Z77A-GD55
MSI Z77A-GD55

MSI Z77A-GD80
MSI Z77A-GD80

(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.)

Biostar

Biostar TZ77-XE4
Biostar TZ77XE4

ASRock

ASRock Z77 Extreme 4m
ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M

ASRock Z77 Extreme6
ASRock Z77 Extreme6

ASRock Z77 Extreme9
ASRock Z77 Extreme9

ASRock Z77 Professional-M
ASRock Z77 Professional-M
ASRock Z77 Professional
ASRock Z77 Professional

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!

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MattNo5ss

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DDR3-2666 is insane for stock clocks on RAM :shock:

I hope Intel decides to release some Xeons with unlocked CPU or gear multipliers, so the SR-X will have a purpose. Even 2x stock clocked 8c/16t Xeons would be ridiculous, but it's just not as fun when you can't OC much :p

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txus.palacios

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DDR3-2666... Ok. Now that's fast.

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Janus67

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DDR3-2666 is insane for stock clocks on RAM :shock:

I hope Intel decides to release some Xeons with unlocked CPU or gear multipliers, so the SR-X will have a purpose. Even 2x stock clocked 8c/16t Xeons would be ridiculous, but it's just not as fun when you can't OC much :p

completely agreed, otherwise the 'extreme-ness' really dwindles.

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EarthDog

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Sooooooooooooooo how many CPU's can actually reach those memory speeds?

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MattNo5ss

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Bulldozer, Llano, and maybe a REALLY good SB-E, but for 24/7 use which is the point of stock clocks, I dunno... :shrug:

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hokiealumnus

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It looks a lot like this box for the P8Z77-V Deluxe says "DDR3-2600 (O.C.)" on it...

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EarthDog

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It looks a lot like this box for the P8Z77-V Deluxe says "DDR3-2600 (O.C.)" on it...

Maybe IB can do it then... cool.

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MattNo5ss

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Meh... I wouldn't put any money on what a mobo box says. I mean, the X79-UD3 has a 32x RAM multiplier option for DDR3-3200, but that doesn't mean the IMC of the CPU can handle it :D

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EarthDog

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Of course... its all on the CPU, but here is to hoping?

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TheQuadFather

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well i remember corsair 2625 that had booted at 3000+ so i wanna see what these 2666 kits can do.

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