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Just curious for those in the know if Ivy Bridge when it is released early next year will be 1155/Z68 only? That would mean we are still limited to 16x PCI-E bandwidth to the CPU? Being PCI-E 3.0, will that double the bandwidth.

Just curious as if I wanted to go 4x new series graphics cards come the new year if I will have to go with SB-E and X79 for the PCI-E lanes or if Ivy Bridge will have some trick up its sleeve to allow quad-fire/quad-SLI.
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IB will have a new Chipset that will support Gen3 PCIe, also current Z68 motherboards that announced compatibility with Gen3 also have written on a side note that the PCIe Gen3 compatibility is only possible with an Ivy Bridge CPU.
I think it will keep the same lanes compared to SB.
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so does anyone know if it will work with p67 .... i hope so
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Check your manufacturer's site, it should have a list of IB supported mobos.
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I don't think Ivy mainstream will allow quad SLI, and I don't believe the NF200 chip supports the PCIe 3.0 bandwidth, so you'd have to get a new board, with a new chip from Nvidia just for tri.

 

 

Ivy will have better IPC and probably a higher OC ceiling than SBe, but I believe TRI is as high as it will go. Hopefully three next gen monsters will be enough to push that monster setup of yours.

 

 

Many P67 boards already have bios for 22nm chips, check your board website. I know my p67 pro has a bios revision for 22nm.

    
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The Z77 chipset will be for IB.
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The Z77 chipset will be for IB.

What?
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I found a really good article on the subject:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4830/intels-ivy-bridge-architecture-exposed

It looks like all IB chipsets will only have 16 PCI-E lanes. But they are PCI-E 3.0 so wouldn't that mean an 8x runs at today's 16x?

Definitely doesn't look like it will support quad-fire/quad-sli though. Interested in a quad setup as it is quite strenuous to run 3x 120Hz screens at 120 FPS. Maybe looks like I will be stuck with SB-E.
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For 4-Way you'll have to wait for IB-E to be honest, remember that IB is still only aimed at the mainstream.
 
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