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So, I'm on an i7 920 @ 4.2ghz. Been like this for a while now and have been waiting for either Ivy Bridge or SB-E

Which one of those chips will be the "Enthusiast" chip like the original i7's and the X58? I've heard Ivy and I've heard SB-E..... and then I quit trying to stay updated and now I'm lost

Mind filling in what I've missed the past couple of months? I'm looking to upgrade my aging i7 920 to the next enthusiast platform unless it's going to be a long wait, then I'll just get the i7 2600K and be done with it.
     
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Sandy Bridge-E (X78) is the upcoming enthusiast chip. They're due out on 11/14/11.
    
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The next "Enthusiast" platform will be SB-E. You're going to be looking at boards packed with many more features, quad channel RAM, and this series of chips will actually contain an extreme edition processor, which is usually only part of the "Enthusiast" level chip set. These boards also are going to contain way more PCI-E lanes, where as most of the Sandy Bridge boards only go x8x8x8 at max.(with built in extra lanes via NF-200)

Ivy Bridge is a die shrink for the Sandy Bridge processors, these processors match up with the old 1156 line up(though they outperform it by leaps), and are thus considered more of the "Mainstream" line up. With price points around 200-300 dollars.

Now after the die shrink with Ivy Bridge, the performance of these chips is supposed to increase some 20%, making them very adequate for a part that is considered "Mainstream". Their performance and over clocking head room will be very adequate for any normal desktop use. But again most of the mother boards that support it will in my estimation be more mainstream oriented, with less PCI-E lanes and less over all features.

I'm guessing no body really NEEDS anything more than Ivy Bridge, and that the SB-E chips will probably perform on par or slightly better than the Ivy Bridge chips at a much higher price point.

But if you have the money, and you see yourself really capitalizing on the extra features involved in an enthusiast board, then SB-E will be your top choice when it arrives in the next few months.
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Thanks for the info -- I don't really need the performance, but I like having the latest when it comes to hardware.
     
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Thanks for the info -- I don't really need the performance, but I like having the latest when it comes to hardware.
It's really a toss up, both should be within a six month window here. For me it would come down to budget, if you have a lot of money to throw at a build then I'd pick up SB-E. It'll perform very well and the x78 boards will be packed with features. If price/performance is something you have in mind, then Ivy Bridge is where you're going to want to be looking.

Either way they're both going to perform admirably, and top your current set up. Good luck choosing .
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