Wednesday, March 30th 2011

Intel X79 Enthusiast Chipset Sketched in Roadmap

Intel's next platform for enthusiasts (successor to LGA1366, X58), will consist of a 2011-pin LGA socket, the Sandy Bridge-E (enthusiast) processor that features a massive quad-channel DDR3 memory controller and 32+ lane PCI-Express 2.0 hub, and the X79 chipset. Intel is looking to skip the 6-series chipset family with its next high-end platform chipset, and perhaps it makes sense since the platform is slated for Q4 2011. The X79 is a PCH (platform controller hub), like P55 and P67, since Intel has reorganized the platform. The beefy PCI-E hub housed in the X58 northbridge is relocated to the processor die, and the southbridge is given a much needed overhaul in terms of connectivity.

The X79 is much bigger than P67 in terms of connectivity and features. Differences start right at the interconnect. While P67 connects to the processor over DMI (physical PCI-Express 2.0 x4), X79 supplements this link with an additional PCI-Express 2.0 x4 link to the processor's PCI-E hub if the user chooses so, in the EFI setup program. The chipset bus hence ends up with 8 GB/s of bandwidth, and wait till you hear what will make use of it: a 10-port SATA 6 Gb/s RAID controller integrated to the PCH! That is a huge improvement in terms of storage connectivity, which is limping with 2-port SATA 6 Gb/s (next to four 3 Gb/s ports) on 6-series chipsets.

Out of the 10 SATA 6 Gb/s ports, eight can be configured as SAS (serial-attached SCSI) by motherboard manufacturers. In RAID mode, the controller supports RAID 0/1/5/10 modes. Unfortunately, there's no talk of an integrated USB 3.0 controller, the PCH still features 14 USB 2.0 ports. Perhaps Intel is pushing Thunderbolt, but there's no evidence of that integrated with the chipset, either. The PCH itself features an 8-lane PCI-Express 2.0 hub to drive the x1, x4 slots on the motherboard and onboard PCI-E devices. It features an Intel GbE interface (physically PCI-E 2.0 x1 at 50 MHz), to drive a Lewisville gigabit Ethernet PHY chip. Lastly, X79 is geared for extreme overclocking of the processor and memory. That's expected of this platform.Source: it.com.cn
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53 Comments on Intel X79 Enthusiast Chipset Sketched in Roadmap

#2
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Many Thanks to Duckula for the tip.
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#4
_LEGendARY_
P55 .. P67 .. H67 .. H61 .. B65 .. Z68 .. and now, X79

OMG Intel , enough with the weird nomenclature .. P55 .. P67 .. H67 .. H61 .. B65 .. Z68 .. and now, X79.
I got my X58/i7 930 a year ago .. and I will upgrade next year when things get clearer about the new Enthusiast platform .. bugs fixed .. any cracked chips and so on.
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#6
D4S4
:twitch: quad channel

:rockout:

i may upgrade to this even though i don't really need it :D
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#8
Wile E
Power User
So, will this controller actually support port multipliers?
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#9
csendesmark
by: legends84
I have no money left..:(
No Problem!

You can gather money in the next half year!:laugh::toast:
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#10
Fourstaff
by: hayder.master
where is USB 3.0 ports????
Not native in this gen, I think even AMD will not have them native. That said, Intel is trying to push LightPeak, so its completely sensible for them not to introduce USB3.0. 3rd party controllers are so cheap that even a budget 870 board sports them nowadays, so you don't have to worry.

I am quite worried by the quad channel, assuming that we have the standard 4 ram slots, it means that we have to populate all slots at once, leaving no room for future upgrades.
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#11
erixx
mouth wide open!

I am still newly married with my P55 so I'll come back in at least 1,5 year, my normal mobo cycle. But it looks like it is the F**k ALL platform!
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#12
csendesmark
by: erixx
mouth wide open!

I am still newly married with my P55 so I'll come back in at least 1,5 year, my normal mobo cycle. But it looks like it is the F**k ALL platform!
What did you expect?
Intel changes mainstream platforms like a girl changes clothes.

Buy High-end Intel or get AMD
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#13
Bundy
Hmmm, I've been waiting for the x68 as the upgrade for my x48 rig. I don't know what to say but perhaps I'm underwhelmed. Maybe with some more info available it will all seem better.
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#15
Fourstaff
by: MikeMurphy
Any word on LGA 2011 CPU prices?
Expensive. I would think it will start where the 1155 ends, perhaps with minimal overlap.
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#16
MikeMurphy
Hopefully its similar to 1366. $320 to start as long as the E-editions at that price range have unlocked multis, would make them a reasonable deal.

I don't need quad channel memory controller but the idea of having all those memory slots is attractive.
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#17
tigger
I'm the only one
No light peak, sorry apple, thunderbolt. I am suprised at that.
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#18
MoonPig
Fucking hell Intel, STICK TO A FUCKING SOCKET.

How come they made LGA775 last so long, then in the last 3 years or so we've had 1156, 1336 and 1155.
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#19
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: MoonPig
Fucking hell Intel, STICK TO A FUCKING SOCKET.

How come they made LGA775 last so long, then in the last 3 years or so we've had 1156, 1336 and 1155.
Maybe they didn't like it when people used high end CPU's on dirt cheap motherboards or something. It's pretty darn annoying nevertheless.

Like the chipset though, I wonder how the good the RAID chip is.
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#20
mmaakk
I'm very happy with my X58. Actually for now the new AMD FX is what I'm curious at.
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#21
micropage7
by: MoonPig
Fucking hell Intel, STICK TO A FUCKING SOCKET.

How come they made LGA775 last so long, then in the last 3 years or so we've had 1156, 1336 and 1155.
yep. intel must be drunk how come the have so many sockets at the same time
they think we have money tree?
quad channel? you must be kidding
it looks intel push their product pretty far and push the market accept that and you know the rest...
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#22
Yellow&Nerdy?
Still no native USB 3.0? That's disappointing. And what happened to X68? I thought that was supposed to be the next "Enthusiast" platform.
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#24
Paulieg
The Mad Moderator
I'm even getting sick of the rapid platform changes, and I willingly change hardware as often as a girl changes clothes. I love my Sandy Bridge setup, but I might just have to make a move to Bulldozer when available, just so I don't have as many excuses to upgrade so often. LOL
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#25
tigger
I'm the only one
Just pass all you old shizz onto us poor people :)
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