Exclusive: Sandy Bridge-E to ship without cooler (+ extreme power requirement + coldbug)

Strange news. Is Intel not confident that their own stock cooler will be able to cope with the heatload of this bad boy? Also, what's up with the extreme power consumption requirements. And coldbug drama? (ed: nah, it's already fixed in the newer silicon revisions)

I guess we'll just have to wait ...

The upcoming Core i7 processor from Intel, the 3820, 3930K and the 3960X will all ship without a cooler in the box. That said, Intel has decided to offer own brand coolers for the platform, it's just that they won't come in the box with the CPU. We can't really see why anyone would buy an Intel cooler over a third party cooler as not even Intel's high-end heatpipe cooler for its current and past Extreme Edition models were all that great. Some of the third party cooler makers will have products ready at launch, but worst case scenario, we might be looking at a cooler shortage at launch.

On top of this, we're hearing that although the rated TDP is 130W these beasts are consuming closer to 180W and that's without even overclocking them. In fact, according to PSU design guidance we've seen, Intel is telling power supply makers to make sure their Sandy Bridge-E PSUs can cope with a peak current of 23A on the 12V2 rail and based on an 80 percent or better efficiency rating of the PSU.

As such it might be a very good idea to invest in a water cooling kit if you're planning on going Sandy Bridge-E, especially if you're planning on pushing the boat out and overclock. The bad news for LN2 crowd is that at least early samples of Sandy Bridge-E is suffering from the dreaded cold bug, although this might have been fixed in later revisions of the processor.


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Belgium HybridChiller says:

All rumours, we will see when they are avalaible

Slovenia tiborrr says:

Hmm... if the production and tapeout process is the same as with SNB chips then yes, we're doomed to the coldbugged CPUs again.

United States Hondacity says:

hahahahah coldbug

United States dumo says:

Gotta keep temp. @ +2C?...Thats tough. Lol

Norway knopflerbruce says:

dumo said: Gotta keep temp. @ +2C?...Thats tough. Lol


Welcome to my world:D

Christian Ney says:

knopflerbruce said: Welcome to my world:D


No you are keeping it at +10C :p

Czech Republic OBR says:

its not true, will be version with box cooler and without ...

tiborrr - you are wrong, CB in Sandy-DT is because GPU inside, Sandy-E has no GPU, it is like a Gulftown ... overclockable under LN2

United States dumo says:

Hope it won't max @ 56X under LN2. Lol

United States Hondacity says:

OBR said: its not true, will be version with box cooler and without ...

tiborrr - you are wrong, CB in Sandy-DT is because GPU inside, Sandy-E has no GPU, it is like a Gulftown ... overclockable under LN2


more wikileaks please :D

Spain Predator says:

I remember DaCoSa had a San Diego with cold bug at + 35ºC :D , beat that xD about the news, i guess Intel assumed everyone will buy their coolers aside the CPU given the extraordinary efficiency of their heatsinks, we all know that :D

Germany SoF says:

Predator said: about the news, i guess Intel assumed everyone will buy their coolers aside the CPU given the extraordinary efficiency of their heatsinks, we all know that :D


Normal high-end air coolers need 400-500g copper, 3 fat heatpipes + 1000 RPM+ fan at least - intel will do it with 200g, one pipe and no fan :D

Finally some rumors about the new Sandy Gen - I am waiting for this new gen really badly...I am so tired of selecting CPUs and literally throwing them away one after the other after testing only 15min each when they are bad (and my last 5 chips haven't done 5.5)...

Wanted to buy a cascade finally but currently appart from some old GPUs it's just not worth it. I left 1366-area for quite a while now (spended enough time with it), lately found some fun in 01 with current and old cards but it's time to give 05 and 06 another shine...specially 05 became one of my fav benches due to it's cpu-limitation. also if you haven't noticed: we are so f****** cpu limited in many benches, we simply need moar raw cpu power for our old, beloved benches...

I hope Intel will always have an eye on the single core, performance per mhz and pure raw mhz itself - the oc community needs it for the good old benches...not just more cores, more features, more AEX or whatever - more clock, more eff more speeeeeed pls ;)

Finland Mean Machine says:

SoF said: I am so tired of selecting CPUs and literally throwing them away one after the other after testing only 15min each when they are bad (and my last 5 chips haven't done 5.5)...


You'll be excited to hear that the SB-E's are exactly the same then. :D

Belgium Massman says:

SoF said: we are so f****** cpu limited in many benches, we simply need moar raw cpu power for our old, beloved benches ...


:D

Intel marketing can claim whatever it wants; we've been CPU limited for a very, very long time now. They need to innovate, LOL.

Slovenia tiborrr says:

@OBR: That's a funny fact to claim without any proof. You could also say that IMC is causing the CB. And SNB-E has integrated IMC. Tapeout is tapeout, don't expect too much, at least cold-scaling wise.

P.S.: I'm with SoF on this train.

Australia Dinos22 says:

Lol :d

Germany SoF says:

Massman said: :D

Intel marketing can claim whatever it wants; we've been CPU limited for a very, very long time now. They need to innovate, LOL.


Or go back to the roots and merge the high-mhz design of prescott times with the eff of sandy - 8 GHZ sandy-p(r0n) should bring us some fun for a while :D

Hiwa says:

Damn how i can install os for testing ? bad intel

Belgium HybridChiller says:

Just if you use a stock intel cooler Hiwa ?

NOT hahahahaah :)

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