Posts Tagged ‘PCI-E 3.0’

There has been a lot of movement in the media with the upcoming release of Intel’s 3rd generation CPUs, codename Ivy Bridge, and what’s better than teasing people with random (and doubtful) benchmark results? What about motherboards?

The green flag was lifted a couple of weeks ago, allowing the public announcement and retail of next gen motherboards compatible with Ivy Bridge. So far, only the Z77 motherboards have been released, though no word on the P and H series (if they actually plan on releasing those).

Do remember that this next generation platform will allow the use of PCI Express generation 3, with double the bandwith compared to generation 2 (example: 16x on PCI-E 3.0 is equivalent to running on a PCI-E 2.0 slot with double the bandwith. 8x PCI-E 3.0 is equivalent to running on a 16x PCI-E 2.0 slot), and a new version of LucidLogic’s Virtu, called Virtu MVP. This new one allows a better hybridization between the CPU graphics and the GPU, also allowing 2 new modes to the control panel.

Also, all Ivy Bridge motherboards are backwards compatible with Sandy Bridge processors, though lacking the core features such as PCI-E 3.0. So if you use a Sandy Bridge system and want to buy a new Z77 motherboard while you wait for the CPUs to come out, you have green light.

Apart from the new motherboards, there has been some rumors that the new generation isn’t as “innovative” as Intel said. Something similar to the “FAIL”dozer episode from AMD, making a new socket that ended up being more unstable than the previous generation.
Even though Intel has a free road ahead now that AMD is “out” of the CPU market, I still don’t see a logic point for them to release a new die so fast, while having no competitors. Also, people are expecting good stuff from Haswell, instead of Ivy Bridge.

There are some benchmark results out there in the internet, but since Intel hasn’t lifted the NDA on anything related to the CPUs, it’s kinda hard to believe on that data. But from the looks of it, it’s just a slight upgrade compared to Sandy Bridge, something similar to the PCI-E bandwith benefits (like 16x – 8x – 4x being nearly 2% better one from another). Anyways, there’s a rumored date near April 21st for Ivy Bridge comercial launch, but until then, time will tell if it’s worth the upgrade from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge or not (Let’s be honest. There are few PCI-E 3.0 GPUs out there, and you can only use the full 3.0 potential while using a capable CPU, since it’s not controlled by the chipset itself but the CPU).

Anyways, my PC build is still on hold, since Ivy Bridge got my attention, and I’m planning to get them no matter what (unless they’re worse than Sandy Bridge, of course). Also, certain Z77 motherboards are cheaper next to some Z68 boards. Right now, I’m focused on a new project with my air ventilation system, while learning about the positive and negative air pressure theories.