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  • MySchizoBuddy - Monday, November 07, 2011 - link

    How many GPUs can it support?
    are these still PCIe 2 or v3
  • piroroadkill - Monday, November 07, 2011 - link

    Sandy Bridge E has a PCIe 3.0 controller, I'm pretty sure. Reply
  • CharonPDX - Monday, November 07, 2011 - link

    If you zoom in on the picture, you can see "PCI-E 3.0" silk screened on at least the all-black-slot board and the first two blue-slot boards. Reply
  • Gunbuster - Monday, November 07, 2011 - link

    Ugly and out of date looking. MSI needs to hire a new designer for the heatsink and stuff.

    They even look clunky compared to the MSI Z68 boards...
  • DanNeely - Monday, November 07, 2011 - link

    Some of the boards have 2 different style retention clips on the PCIe 16x slots.

    After seeing AMD Llano boards with quad back panel USB3, only 2 ports on these boards seems rather stingy.

    Is dual Lan going out of fashion?
  • softdrinkviking - Monday, November 07, 2011 - link

    bullet-shaped heatsink looks like a junior-high aged wet-dream. Reply
  • sarth - Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - link

    Thought they were crayons ;) Reply
  • Operandi - Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - link

    I thought they were stupid, and they are. Reply
  • Tormeh - Thursday, November 10, 2011 - link

    Seconded. Reply
  • GokieKS - Monday, November 07, 2011 - link

    These component makers sure love their gun motifs. Reply
  • p05esto - Monday, November 07, 2011 - link

    Not bad, I like all the lead up to a new CPU release....especially when I'll be most likely upgrading from my current 1366 platform. I'll wait for the reviews and benchmarks on the 14th to determine what version of "E" to get, probably the midrange one at $560..... either that or wait till spring, but then I'm always waiting for something and I'd rather just build and have a nice computer. Although it's hard to complain about my i7 now, lol.

    Darn computers are too fast these days, I need a better excuse to upgrade. How sad is that? Remember the days of "waiting" on your computer to do tasks? Not anymore, now we get concerned over a few FPS and unnoticable synthentic benchmark differences. It makes me sad frankly, we need some software that brings these systems to their knees (and actually does something useful, not infinate loops, lol).
  • wifiwolf - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - link

    I'd like to see that kind of software too, but all we'll see is a bunch remakes. Reply
  • B3an - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - link

    Try doing some actual serious work then kiddies. 3DS Max, Lightwave or Maya rendering, or using video editing software like After Effects with many effects added will bring this hardware to it's knees. Theres LOADS of software out there that will totally cripple these CPU's.

    My i7 980X @ 4.2GHz can take hours for some of my rendering work or even take over a whole day to complete with all cores at 100% load.
    If you really have nothing that makes use of your hardware then you shouldn't be buying this stuff in the first place because obviously a lower end system will be just as good for you.
  • otherwise - Monday, November 14, 2011 - link

    I don't think the 980X makes sense for those work loads because you're at a very awkward price point. For a lot less money you can get a normal i7. If the extra 20% is really worth $400 to you, and cores matter, for $400 more than the EE you can go with dual hex core Xeons at a lower frequency, but the extra 6 cores more than makes up for it. Reply
  • jmelgaard - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - link

    I would think they same, you might have to pay about $200 more for the motherboard as well.

    But 2 x Xeon E5645 12 MB is fairly close to the price of one 980X (or 990X), at least from the retailers here.

    And after all... a true Dual Xeon system is that much more sexy ^o^...
  • xQuartzx - Friday, November 11, 2011 - link

    I can't wait for these to come out. The second Ironside Computers releases their sandy bridge - e computers I'm buying. WOOOHOOO! Reply

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