Below, I've compiled a list of information regarding Sandy Bridge. The purpose is to place this information into one post/thread.
Prices for Sandy Bridge
2600K should be just over $300. The others should be below $300. But that depends on what they sell for.
i5 2400 up to i7 2600 are 95W
2600/2600K both have hyperthreading while others do not.
2600 series have 8MB
2500 sreies have 6MB
In general it is not recommended for Sandy Bridge. However some may get away with BLK up to 104-105. It will depend on the chip. It isn't clear if this is good for 24/7 operation though so err on the side of caution.
To use frequencies higher then 1333 MHz you need the K series. It is also suggested that if you increase core clock of the CPU you want to increase mem frequency also. For those using a "K" series SB it's good idea to get DDR3 1600 or better.
Z68 chipset uses onboard graphics + it allows for overclocking (it maybe possible to multitask both at some future date). Available in Q2 2011.
P67 chipset does not use onboard graphics but allows for decent overclocking.
H67 chipset uses onboard graphics but doesn't allow for overclocking.
Overclocking (in general)
Increase Turbo power threshold.
Increase vcore but don't exceed 1.38V. Keep it between 1.325V-1.350V max range.
Memory Voltage - Intel recommend 1.50v plus/minus 5%. This means you want ram sticks rated at 1.50V. I'm not sure about 1.65V unless many users reports no problem. It really depends on the silicon of the chip. But in theory you should be able to use 1.50V on 1.65V rated ram as they should be using newer IC's.
BLK Base Clock "Overclocking"- Strictly forbidden. Leave it at 100.
PLL Voltage - Do not exceed 1.9v
Increase the turbo multipliers.
Select a memory speed. If you have X.M.P the presets will be shown.
It is suggested to keep C1E and EIST enabled.
DON'T USE AUTO OVERCLOCKING as it might increase vcore, BLK, etc higher then recommended.
Sandy Bridge uses the same mounting hole configuration as 1156. So if you are interested in getting a HSF and it doesn't specifically say 1155 but 1156 that will work just fine. However, you do want to check for clearance, etc when mounting.
Temps at 5.1GHz on air: 26C, 35C, 34C, 34C idle,
Throttling (so far) seems to occur around 90C. I will update more about this as it becomes available.
The links below show that Sandy Bridge has a power consumption far less then most i7 competitors. Even though it performs on par with it.
Below are some reviews using the Sandy Bridge with current games.
SCII @ 1920x1200
Bad Company 2 @ 1680x1050
Civilization V @ 1920x1200
Call of Duty Black Ops @ 1680x1050
F1 2010 @ 1680x1050
Medal of Honor @ 1680x1050
Types of P67 Motherboards (not a complete list)
AsRock P67 Extreme
Biostar P67XE (This MB has 2 8-pin connectors).
This post will be updated when more information becomes available.
Edited by EastCoast - 1/11/11 at 12:33pm