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    http://www.technologyreview.com/blog...s/25875/?p1=A3


    The Central Processing Unit (CPU)--the component that has defined the performance of your computer for many years--has hit a wall.

    In fact, the next-generation of CPUs, including Intel's forthcoming Sandy Bridge processor, have to contend with multiple walls--a memory bottleneck (the bandwidth of the channel between the CPU and a computer's memory); the instruction level parallelism (ILP) wall (the availability of enough discrete parallel instructions for a multi-core chip) and the power wall (the chip's overall temperature and power consumption).

    Of the three, the power wall is now arguably the defining limit of the power of the modern CPU. As CPUs have become more capable, their energy consumption and heat production has grown rapidly. It's a problem so tenacious that chip manufacturers have been forced to create "systems on a chip"--conurbations of smaller, specialized processors. These systems are so sprawling and diverse that they've caused long-time industry observers like Linley Gwennap of Microprocessor Report to question whether the original definition of a CPU even applies to today's chips.

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    Looks like we might be better off keeping the chips we have now. This is not the first time I have read this, I read that the new chips will suck for overclocking.

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    hopefully intel makes another $999 cpu to push the prices of the i7's down
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    The next new extreme chip should be the 990X, more than likely it will be released around Dec.

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    i dont believe it they will always find a way. havent we heard this kind of thing before? from what ive read soon they will be using photons instead of electrons. no heat and 100x faster than now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor_Death View Post
    The next new extreme chip should be the 990X, more than likely it will be released around Dec.
    I was just reading about those " Sandy Bridge CPUs" and its all good. Price will probably be very high but I wonder if they will be able to use the LGA 1366 mobo? 4.9GHz without an OC, unreal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alan1476 View Post
    I was just reading about those " Sandy Bridge CPUs" and its all good. Price will probably be very high but I wonder if they will be able to use the LGA 1366 mobo? 4.9GHz without an OC, unreal.
    I read LGA1366 is out and 1156 is in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drdeath View Post
    I read LGA1366 is out and 1156 is in.
    We have to get together soon if the new Sandy Bridge CPUs are going to use the 1156 then the 1366 mobos should come down in price along with the 980X. Whats your thought on this? I keep getting the two Dr Deaths mixed up.

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    Hi Alan

    No he's not me, that's jr lol I might have a 980X for you once the 990X is released and I should have an extra LGA1366 board, email me later. As far as Sandy Bridge the LGA1155 CPUs will have an integrated dual channel DDR3 memory controller using the same 1333 MHz memory

    Sandy Bridge E for extreme or enthusiast which features a huge LGA2011 socket will replace the current LGA1366 in Q3 of next year of course it's early so things can still change

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