New details have surfaced regarding Intel’s latest X79 platform thanks to Chinese website, it.com.cn and subsequent analysis by VR-Zone.com. X79 will work with the “Sandy Bridge E” or enthusiast series CPUs on LGA2011 sockets, replacing the aging X58 chipset. According to this leaked roadmap, X79 should be released in Q4 2011, with Panther Point further down the road in the first half of 2012.
This is an enthusiast platform, and based on the speculation posted on it.com.cn, the X79 should outperform anything else on the market. The latest CPUs are rumored to have four or six cores, larger cache size and quad-channel DDR3 support up to 2666 MHz. The image below offers a glimpse into the specifications of the chipset:
With 32 PCI Express lanes (dual 16x or quad 8x) and 14 SATA ports (Ten native SATA 6Gbps ports), this platform should be able to handle just about everything you throw at it. One glaring omission is USB 3.0, which will likely be included via an external controller.
This information does not shed much light on the overclocking capabilities of X79, but the internal clock generator is rumored to be a part of the CPU. This is the same feature that limits BCLK overclocking on the P67 platform, so overclocking would be similar to the current socket 1155 based Sandy Bridge CPUs if the rumor is accurate. It is difficult to speculate how well the X79 platform will overclock, so for now let’s hope a sample shows up in the Overclockers.com labs later this year.
Please share your analysis, speculation and rumors about X79 and Intel’s roadmap.
– Matt Ring (mdcomp)