Maybe it has something to do with low grade cabin fever due to the record snowfall we've been getting where I live, but I feel a 'build' coming on!
From the looks of it, the new Intel Sandy Bridge architecture is THE way to go for most new Intel based PCs. Exceptionally good "bang for the buck" from what I've read.
Very nice rundown on this over at MaximumPC
. Looked good enough that I checked over at AnandTech
for a more info and reviews.
However, the new LGA1155 socket requires new mobo designs. Not a problem in itself, except it rules out all my previous favorite boards and brings me into virgin territory.
Has anybody done a PC with any of the new boards? I've generally heard good things about the ASRock socket 1155 mobos, but I don't know anybody who's actually used one.
Any insights or comments would be greatly appreciated.
has just reported a fly in the ointment with Intel's new 6-series chipsets:
Santa Clara, we have a problem. That's the message Intel engineers had to deliver to company execs after discovering a "design issue" in the company's 6-Series chipsets. The issue is severe enough that Intel decided to halt shipments while it implements a fix.
"In some cases, the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets may degrade over time, potentially impacting the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard disk drives and DVD drives," Intel said in a statement. "The chipset is utilized in PCs with Intel's latest Second Generation Intel Core processors, code-named Sandy Bridge. Intel has stopped shipment of the affected support chip from its factories."
Intel said it has already corrected the issue and has started making a new version of the support chip that doesn't have the design flaw. In addition, the Santa Clara chip maker says Sandy Bridge processors and other other related products are unaffected.
Looks like Intel has it under control, so I'm not going to worry about it.