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Why did Intel release their next-generation CPU architecture sandy bridge if the performance is compared to or slightly greater than the first generation of the core architecture?

And what was the whole idea of giving it no DRM and a kill switch which I hear is 3G enabled?

The new graphics on the motherboards only work in 8x/4x mode,

and why a new socket? What was wrong with 1366 or 1156? Now if you want the new chip you need to buy a new mainboard to go with it and go through all the trouble of changing it out.
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Why did Intel release their next-generation CPU architecture sandy bridge if the performance is compared to or slightly greater than the first generation of the core architecture?

And what was the whole idea of giving it no DRM and a kill switch which I hear is 3G enabled?

The new graphics on the motherboards only work in 8x/4x mode,

and why a new socket? What was wrong with 1366 or 1156? Now if you want the new chip you need to buy a new mainboard to go with it and go through all the trouble of changing it out.
First off, more money. People will always want the newest thing, therefore Intel can make a decent amount of money off the CPU's. They're also 32nm I believe so its progressing technology.

The DRM/Kill Switch isn't really what you think it is, there is a thread explaining it all on here somewhere.

I believe the graphics PCIE lanes are on the CPU now, and run 8x/8x.

Not sure on the new socket though, I suppose its a way of making the motherboard manufacturers more money.
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Because the tick tock method they employ ensures that k8 isn't refreshed and reused for 5 years straight.

Don't worry about DRM or kill switch as neither affect anyone here.

Wrong, my board is x8x8 and is considered a "mid range" board, the high end boards are capable of x16x16 with the NF200 chip.

Because Intel changed a lot, even added a gpu inside the core so they couldn't make it work on the previous socket.
    
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Clock for clock SB is faster than previous generations, can the same be said for AMD who just gives clock bumps?

The x8/x8 has TWICE the bandwidth of the previous generation controllers, there is very little difference and the x8/x8 may even be faster in some situations.

They moved things like the PCI-E controller onto the die, it was necessary to move to a new socket.
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Even under the older architecture, there are numerous tests that confirm that there is virtually no difference in performance between 8x8x and 16x16x

These chips are far more power efficient than X58 i7 processors as well.
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Why did Intel release Sandy Bridge?
Why did Intel release their next-generation CPU architecture sandy bridge if the performance is compared to or slightly greater than the first generation of the core architecture?

And what was the whole idea of giving it no DRM and a kill switch which I hear is 3G enabled?

The new graphics on the motherboards only work in 8x/4x mode,

and why a new socket? What was wrong with 1366 or 1156? Now if you want the new chip you need to buy a new mainboard to go with it and go through all the trouble of changing it out.
Why? Money.

Some articles say there is no DRM in the Sandy Bridge Chips. Intel Insider is not DRM but something else. Previous CPUs do not have DRM.

The kill switch seems to be a feature so that the users have the option to set up their processor so that if their computer is lost or stolen, it can be shut down remotely. This of course does nothing to protect the data on your stolen hard drive.

Are you asking whether discrete a graphics card can run at in PCIe slot at x16?
The Asus P8P67 EVO LGA 1155 and many others say they can.
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)

Why a new socket?
Maybe they were too lazy to engineer the chip to fit the old socket. Or maybe they just could not engineer all the stuff in the Sandy Bridge in to an old package. There are a lot more transistors: as well as, different architecture inside.
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OP your post is full of fail.
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OP your post is full of fail.
It's the same butthurt crowd that shows up any time the new thing comes out and makes their hardware more outdated.

Inbefore ZOMG BULLDOZER WILL BULLDOZE SANDY BRIDGE!!!
    
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Why did Intel release their next-generation CPU architecture sandy bridge if the performance is compared to or slightly greater than the first generation of the core architecture?

And what was the whole idea of giving it no DRM and a kill switch which I hear is 3G enabled?

The new graphics on the motherboards only work in 8x/4x mode,

and why a new socket? What was wrong with 1366 or 1156? Now if you want the new chip you need to buy a new mainboard to go with it and go through all the trouble of changing it out.
They released it because they wanted to implement their new 32nm process. This set of processors is supposed to be a "mainstream" platform that is targeting the P55 platform.

As others have said dont worry about DRM and the kill switch, it wont affect you.

There are boards that run at x8/x8 which is the same as x16/x16 minus 1-2 fps at most. Also 1156 has the same PCI-e setup at 1155, no difference there.

Why the new socket? Because intel would like more of your money.

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Originally Posted by TickleMeElmo View Post
Clock for clock SB is faster than previous generations, can the same be said for AMD who just gives clock bumps?

The x8/x8 has TWICE the bandwidth of the previous generation controllers, there is very little difference and the x8/x8 may even be faster in some situations.

They moved things like the PCI-E controller onto the die, it was necessary to move to a new socket.
Huh? How? 1155 is using PCI-e 2.0 not 3.0. Therefore it is the same as 1156.
Also PCI-E has been on the CPU die since 1155, this is nothing new.

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Even under the older architecture, there are numerous tests that confirm that there is virtually no difference in performance between 8x8x and 16x16x

These chips are far more power efficient than X58 i7 processors as well.
^This.
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OP your post is full of fail.
Good controbution to the thread, I'm suprised no one gave you Rep for this. Yes OP your post is full of fail for asking a question, how dare you!
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Cos Intel is a big corporation, they WANT you to buy there new stuff...

SB is pretty good imo...
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