Originally Posted by PoopaScoopa
Intel does list it as 130W though.
Quad channel memory required, locked multiplier and no Quicksync or iGPU @ 130W? No thank you.
Listing a CPUs TDP is useless. The Celeron Dual Core E3200, 2.4 Ghz, 1 MB of L2 cache, 800 Mhz FSB has the same 65w TDP as the Core 2 Duo E8600, 3.33 Ghz, 6 Mb of L2 cache, 1333 Mhz FSB. Do you really think the Celeron uses the same amount of power as the Core 2 Duo ? The same can be said for the Core 2 Quad Q8200 versus the Core 2 Quad Q9650. 95w for both, meaningless otherwise. Intel just does it because it's easier to standardize cooler requirements, case requirements, etc for their partners and to also make room for variations between each CPU. Go look at how Intel did it in their Pentium 4 478 days. Each CPU speed has its own TDP.
The Core i7 920 also has the same 130w as the Core i7 965 Extreme Edition. They do not use the same amount of power at their respecitve clockspeeds, do they ?
What do you mean Quad Channel required ? You can use single channel, dual channel or triple channel if you like. You don't have to use the four channels.
There is no Quicksync because there is no IGPU. Quicksync makes use of the processing units in the GPU, so if you don't have the GPU you can't have QuickSync. Why would you need QuickSync or an integtrated GPU in an enthusiast platform ?
AMD already has the same funcionality in their new HD 7000 series, and Nvidia will probably have the same with Kepler. Besides, for anyone using a Z68 platform, using Quicksync along with a discrete GPU is a suboptimal experience. That whole Lucid Logix affair is a mess and it impacts gaming performance. Intel should allow you to use QuickSync without a monitor attached to the integrated GPUs output, that is, use the feature just as you can use MMX, SSE, AVX, etc.
Locked multiplier ? Did you even read the article ? It's partially unlocked up to 43x and on top of that you can adjust the BCLK strap. You can use 100 Mhz, 125, 166 and 250 Mhz, so you can reach overclocks similar to those of Sandy Bridge. Anand already said that in his review last year. He was able to get his sample stable at 4.75 Ghz.Edited by tpi2007 - 1/29/12 at 3:20pm