Intel Core i7-2600K and i5-2500K Processors Debut - HotHardware

Intel Core i7-2600K and i5-2500K Processors Debut

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To accompany the new Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 based processors, Intel is also introducing a whole family of chipsets—the 6-series.


Intel P67 Chipset Diagram

Above is a high-level block diagram of the flagship P67 chipset which is targeted at the performance and enthusiast segments, but there will be a number of other 6-series chipsets arriving as well, that target SMB and consumer segments. There will be mobile variants of each introduced coming down the pipeline too.

The P67 chipset is essentially an I/O hub, as all of the traditional Northbridge functionality has been integrated into the processor itself. As you can see, Sandy Bridge processors offer 16 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 connectivity and they feature integrated dual-channel, DDR3 memory controllers. The processors are linked to the chipset via a 20Gb/s interface and the P67 itself it outfitted with 8 more PCIe 2.0 lanes, along with various other I/O, like USB 2.0, SATA, etc. The 6-series chipsets have native support for SATA 6Gbs, but not USB 3.0. USB is only available through the use of a third-party controller.

The various 6-series desktop chipsets are listed above. They chipsets differ mainly in the number of USB and SATA 6Gps ports are supported, and in their support performance tuning, content protection, and RST 10 modes, but they are fundamentally very similar and all are actually based on the same die. Also note that the P67 does not support integrated display outputs, so Sandy Bridge’s integrated processor graphics is not available with the P67.

    

    
DH67BL (Bearup Lake - Left) and DP67BG (Burrage - Right)

We got our hands on a couple of Intel-built motherboards to test the new Sandy Bridge-based processors, the DH67BL (Bearup Lake) and DP67BG (Burrage). The DH67BL is a micro-ATX motherboard based on the H67 chipset, with full integrated display support. And the DP67GB is an enthusiast-class P67-based motherboard, sans display outputs. Both of the boards exploit all of the features inherent in the H67 and P67 chipsets and also feature NEC USB 3.0 controllers.

For all of our graphics-related Sandy Bridge testing, the DH67BL was used. And we’ve got a full run of numbers utilizing the DP67BG as well, along with a few more using motherboards from Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte.

 

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Amazing !! Truly amazing , the performance of the 2600k is quite Spectacular. Intel Rocks.

Awesome review, easy to understand, and well laid out...2 Thumbs up.  (brb later with some questions)

Edit: Props for the EFI Bios video demonstration on the ASUS board, that's gonna be a hot seller!!

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damn these CPUs look sexy

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Thanks folks. Marco did kick butt on this one and so did Intel!

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An excellent look at what's new from Intel. Thanks for all of the hard work and attention to details Marco.

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I blindly expect it from Marco now. Not to say that is good, or that his efforts are unappreciated, as that is not at all the case. Marco is just one of the kings of bench marking and product reviews :) Anyway; much like what I said on the mobile side of things, while very impressive I will still be looking at the next Tock before anything would be bought for me personally. I know Intel as always will amaze us on the next one to begin with, there are also things not included on this Tock that I would want. Things such as SATA and USB3 to begin with as well as there new BIOS product and there new COM specification which should be out on the next Tick I thin, and therefore optimized on the Tock as well. Technology is just moving both blindingly fast in at's capabilities today as well as in it's implementation/capabilities as well.

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DAM nice, i love the bios they made. Your hard works paid off Marco, Great Review.

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WOW what  great write-up ! Certainly the one we been waiting for.

I was really amazed to see what Asus did in the Bios & what kinda $$ these are going to be going for.

Thanks Marco !

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Nice read! I'm sure I will have to go back, there was a lot of info there. Msi890fxa-gd75? 990fx? I hope there's a review in order...;-)

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thars alot of info you must have had these for months ill have to read this agin the price is not as bad as i thought it would be but im with rapid1 ill have to wait. has evga made a mobo yet? good artical marco hope you and the family had a great holliday

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dadodgeson:

has evga made a mobo yet?

Yea, the EVGA P67 Classified, but it's strange that they haven't been marketing their P67 line-up.   Asus, Gigabyte, Asrock and Intel have been working hard on promoting their Sandy Bridge motherboards, but EVGA has stayed mostly quiet . One thing I do know and see, is that EVGA's cards are everywhere, so maybe they are cooking up some hot sauce ingredients for 1155 to dazzle @ C.E.S ....

 

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