IDF Intel 2010: Intel overclocks Sandy Bridge CPU to 4.9GHz, outpaces 12-core AMD Opteron

IDF Intel 2010: Intel overclocks Sandy Bridge CPU to 4.9GHz, outpaces 12-core AMD Opteron

Summary: Intel has been providing dribs and drabs of information about its forthcoming Sandy Bridge processors during this week's Intel Developer Forum. For instance, we now know that the integrated GPU will not support many DirectX 11 features, and it will automatically get disabled when a discrete graphics card is added to a PCI Express slot.

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Intel has been providing dribs and drabs of information about its forthcoming Sandy Bridge processors during this week's Intel Developer Forum. For instance, we now know that the integrated GPU will not support many DirectX 11 features, and it will automatically get disabled when a discrete graphics card is added to a PCI Express slot.

Meanwhile, the chip giant held a session where it did some Sandy Bridge overclocking, though the assembled journalists weren't permitted to divulge many details. Here's what we know (via TechRadar and APCmag.com): a new CPU that is analogous to the current quad-core Core i7 875K -- the "K" referring to an unlocked multiplier -- was overclocked and tested running Cinebench R11.5. Though the test system was just air cooled, the processor ran at 4.9GHz, and Intel said that it outperformed a 12-core AMD Opteron "by a pretty healthy chunk." That particular Opteron easily outscores a Core i7 960 CPU on the Cinebench benchmark, so this could mean a very, very healthy performance jump over the first generation of Core processor.

As encouraging as Intel's results are, we still need to get some independent benchmark scores before we can really know just how much of a leap Sandy Bridge represents -- and just how much of a leap new Core i3s, i5s, and i7s each get, whether overclocked or not. It doesn't appear that we'll need to wait too much longer for those first evaluation processors to reach the benches, so stay tuned.

Topics: Intel, Hardware, Processors

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  • Intel overclocks Sandy Bridge CPU to 4.9GHz, outpaces 12-core AMD

    The one question I have though is for the users with descrete graphics are pretty much losing a core off the bat? Sounds like Intel is sort of bullying GPU makers knowing that people will be displeased they really are getting a 3-core CPU for their PC where others are getting the whole shibang. If possible when these come out I would benchmark them vs their predisesors. I would like to see what real gains you would be getting by going with the new setup.
    audidiablo
    • RE: IDF Intel 2010: Intel overclocks Sandy Bridge CPU to 4.9GHz, outpaces 12-core AMD Opteron

      That comment didn't make sense.
      Gigahurt
  • Audidevil, is a dumb dude.

    Audidiablo,

    Lay off the retard sandwiches and ditch that moniker on silicon forums, childish anyway. Hate to be snarky, but it seems like your understanding of technology lies elsewhere. And, by that, I mean, elsewhere, as in, not in, your possession, yet. Lot's of commas, so, you won't get, confused...
    DASGOGOFUX
  • Until they are out

    It's duke nuke'em 3D
    Alan Smithie
  • RE: IDF Intel 2010: Intel overclocks Sandy Bridge CPU to 4.9GHz, outpaces 12-core AMD Opteron

    Amd Will not wait till 2012 but it will release its weapon in early Q1 2011, even with that intel could not manage to stand with http://goo.gl/Euo6
    inspirearun
  • RE: IDF Intel 2010: Intel overclocks Sandy Bridge CPU to 4.9GHz, outpaces 12-core AMD Opteron

    I guess I am not seeing the purpose of this. Is Intel now telling us that it is now alright to overclock our Intel cpus to meet a competitive goal? All before, overclocking from Intel has been a No No.
    jjjjbbbb
    • Since when?

      @jjjjbbbb Intel has done extremely well at overclocking since the Core 2 duo was released. And Intel has released unlocked CPUs specifically for over-clocking.
      DevGuy_z
  • RE: IDF Intel 2010: Intel overclocks Sandy Bridge CPU to 4.9GHz, outpaces 12-core AMD Opteron

    no matter how powerful the CPU will be ... the Windows will always spin the spinning wheel of WAIT PLEASE
    dcdavy