By now you know that Ivy Bridge (due out in March - April of 2012) will be backwards compatible with some 6-series motherboards. The CPU itself has a PCIe 3.0 controller on-die, however MSI tells us that without modifications to existing motherboard designs you won't be able to properly support the 3.0 spec. 

MSI's Z68A-GD80 (G3) features new circuitry and switches between the CPU socket and the x16 slots that will apparently allow the motherboard to operate at PCIe Gen 3 speeds. The problem seems confined to the switches that motherboard makers use to automatically divide the 16 PCIe lanes coming from the CPU into 1 x16 or 2 x8. MSI claims that when Ivy Bridge comes out, the Z68A-GD80 (G3) will be fully PCIe Gen 3 compliant.

Of course MSI had a Socket-2011 X79 motherboard on display in addition to a pair of Socket-FM1 Llano boards. I'm hearing late summer for the desktop Llano launch at this point.

Those of you waiting for Bulldozer performance results from Computex, I'm afraid we're not going to see anything representative of final hardware. I did hear that the upcoming B2 stepping would restore performance to Bulldozer's original targets, however it's unclear how those compare to Sandy Bridge. The other thing I did hear at the show floor regarding Bulldozer was about its clock speed. Current B1 stepping parts are easily hitting 3.8GHz which is what the high end SKU may actually ship at (with turbo support up to 4.2GHz). I'm waiting for more confirmation but it sounds like Bulldozer will at least clock very high.

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  • Wiremaster - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    I like the memory slots on the X79 board. Unique.
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    What, the two per side? This will be the case with all X79 boards because of routing difficulties with four channels.
  • arthur449 - Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - link

    Four channel memory on the Supermicro single socket G34 boards simply lined up 8 slots above the socket.
  • shabby - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    Unique sure, but also annoying since now you have to worry about blocking tall dimm's on either side of the heatsink.
  • yelped - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    Thanks for the Bulldozer news.
  • DigitalFreak - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    Links in the gallery are broken.
  • AdamK47 - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    I got to them by copying the thumbnail image path and removing the "_thumb" part.
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    Anand put the "wrong" date in (except it is 6/1 where he is right now), so that was causing problems. Let me know if you're still experiencing issues; the galleries appear to work fine for me now.
  • carnachion - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    Anand, do you heard anything about AMD Interlagos processors?
  • henhaohenhao - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - link

    Come go and see, will not regret it Oh look

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