The Sandy Bridge Review: Intel Core i7-2600K, i5-2500K and Core i3-2100 Testedby Anand Lal Shimpi on January 3, 2011 12:01 AM EST
Power consumption is very low thanks to core power gating and Intel's 32nm process. Also, when the integrated GPU is not in use it is completely power gated as to not waste any power either. The end result is lower power consumption than virtually any other platform out there under load.
I also measured power at the ATX12V connector to give you an idea of what actual CPU power consumption is like (excluding the motherboard, PSU loss, etc...):
|Processor||Idle||Load (Cinebench R11.5)|
|Intel Core i7 2600K @ 4.4GHz||5W||111W|
|Intel Core i7 2600K (3.4GHz)||5W||86W|
|AMD Phenom II X4 975 BE (3.6GHz)||14W||96W|
|AMD Phenom II X6 1100T (3.3GHz)||20W||109W|
|Intel Core i5 661 (3.33GHz)||4W||33W|
|Intel Core i7 880 (3.06GHz)||3W||106W|
Idle power is a strength of Intel's as the cores are fully power gated when idle resulting in these great single digit power levels. Under load, there's actually not too much difference between an i7 2600K and a 3.6GHz Phenom II (only 10W). There's obviously a big difference in performance however (7.45 vs. 4.23 for the Phenom II in Cinebench R11.5), thus giving Intel better performance per watt. The fact that AMD is able to add two more cores at only a 13W load and 300MHz frequency penalty is pretty impressive as well.
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IanWorthington - Monday, January 3, 2011 - linkNot really: the board manufacturers seem to be adding usb3 chipsets w/o real problems. Good enough.
usernamehere - Monday, January 3, 2011 - linkSure, if you're building a desktop you can find plenty with USB 3.0 support (via NEC). But if you're looking for a laptop, most will still not have it. For the fact that manufacturers don't want to have to pay extra for features, when they usually get features via the chipsets already included. Asus is coming out with a handful of notebooks in 2011 with USB 3.0 (that I know of), but wide-spread adoption will not be here this year.
JarredWalton - Monday, January 3, 2011 - linkMost decent laptops will have USB3. ASUS, Dell, HP, Clevo, and Compal have all used the NEC chip (and probably others as well). Low-end laptops won't get USB3, but then low-end laptops don't get a lot of things.
TekDemon - Monday, January 3, 2011 - linkEven the netbooks usually have USB 3.0 these days and those almost all use intel atom CPUs. The cost to add the controller is negligible for large manufacturers. USB is not going to be the deciding factor for purchases.
DanNeely - Monday, January 3, 2011 - linkAre you sure about that? Newegg lists 99 netbooks on their site. Searching for USB 3 within netbooks returns 0 products.
TekDemon - Monday, January 3, 2011 - linkYour claims are pretty silly seeing as how USB came about in the same way that Light Peak did-Intel invented USB and pushed it to legacy ports like PS/2, and slowly phased out support for the older ones entirely over the years. It makes no sense for them to support USB 3.0, especially without a real market of devices.
But motherboard manufacturers will support USB 3.0 via add-in chips. I don't see how this anti-competitive at all, why should intel have to support a format it doesn't think makes sense? So far USB 3.0 hasn't really shown speeds close to it's theoretical, and the only devices that really need the higher bandwidth are external drives that are better off being run off E-SATA anyways. There's no real "killer app" for USB 3.0 yet.
BTW Light Peak will easily support adding power to devices, so it definitely does not need USB in order to provide power. There'll just be two wires running alongside the fiber optics.
DanNeely - Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - linkThe eSata + USB (power) connector has never gone anywhere, which means that eSata devices need at least 2 cables to work. Flash drives and 2.5" HDs don't need enough power to require an external brick, and 80-90% of eSata speed is still much better than the USB2 bottleneck. With double the amount of power over USB2, USB3 could theoretically be used to run 3.5" drives with a double socket plug freeing them from the wall as well.
ilkhan - Monday, January 3, 2011 - linkI've had my P67A-UD4 for almost 3 weeks now. Lets get the chips out already!
I'm confused, however. The fist paragraph talks of 4.1Ghz turbo mode and the chart on page 2 lists 3.8Ghz as the max for the 2600K. Is the chart talking about 4-core turbo or what?
Spike - Monday, January 3, 2011 - linkIsn't it an i7-2600k? The article title says "i5 2600k"... just curious...
Ryan Smith - Monday, January 3, 2011 - linkOh dear...
Fixed. Thanks for that.