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Hello everyone,

Since I'm in college I have started to neglect the latest evolutions in both CPU tech. It happened a couple of years ago, so the last thing I really kept track of was the beginning of the X58 era, but after that I couldn't really find the time to keep track.

Now that I have a code 43 error (artifacts in the BIOS + Graphics card isn't recognised. It seems to be in some kind of safe mode and allthough I can get into windows with no artifacts, it refuses to start any directx or other intensive programs), I'm having a feeling that my loyal 8800gt is on it's way to the next dimension (**cough** DB-Z reference**cough**).

That's why I've been interested to start looking at some new PC configurations and maybe buy myself a whole new system this summer.
But for that I would like to be completely up to date so I can make the best decisions. (Can you believe that the upcoming games are the main cause for this! The witcher 2, BF3, Oblivion,...).

After plenty of looking around on the google, I thought I'd just ask.
Does anyone happen to know a good source that explains all the latest transitions in CPU architecture, chipsets, sockets,.... in an orderly fashion?

Thanks in advance
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There are many sites that have reviewed the latest processor architectures and the latest chipsets, and my favorite at the beginning was Xbitlabs because of the "scholastic" way they treat reviews, like they'd want to teach the reader about what they're reviewing.
You can start from whenever you feel you need; here are the links for the CPU & for the motherboard (thus chipset) reviews, you should find articles both about architecture and performance:
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mainboards/
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Well x58 was king till 1155 cpus came out, Intell had a glitch in the sata 2 (aka 3gb) connections And all 1155 mobos pulled. Now asus is shiping them out. The sb (sandybridge) cpus are king for now. Bulldozer are amd new claim to fame (not out) But ivybridge is comeing soon (we hope) Ivybridge can run on 1155 pin(not for sure but we all think so).
Now My system x58 @ 4 ghz Is ~ 400 watts, Sb is 4ghz is 200 watts, Thats why sb are king. But ivybridge will be new king. Amds am3+ 6 cores are nice but dont hold up to intels @ folding and Intell has Hyperthreading Witch turns 4 cores into 8. If your going to get new. WAIT pci-e 3.0 is comeing out soon i think with ivy, But realy no point 580gtx dose not max out pci-e 4 speed , But u know we want Fast.
Also as in most cases intell overclocks like a king. Like geforce.
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Thanks everyone , this really helped. Xbit seems to be a pretty decent explaining site.
Allthough one last favor: could anyone sum up the existing chipset starting from the p45 (LGA775) (from which I remember). That way I can check a list.
Or a link would be even better
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I haven't seen articles that sum up these things, I guess each one considers the reader pretty much knows what happened in the last generations.

Here's a (very brief) history of what newer chipsets brought:
*Intel P45 - FSB 1333, DDR2/3
*AMD 7xx - DDR2/3, support for Phenom II, Athlon II, PCIe 2.0 also in the SB
*Intel P55/H5x - support for LGA 1156, DDR3 only, the H5x allowed using the integrated graphics on the i3/i5 6xx CPUs; Intel moves the memory controller from the chipset to the processor
*Intel X58 - lga 1366, support for 3-channel DDR3, up to 6 core 32nm CPUs, IMC on the processor
*AMD 8xx - first with 6xSATA3, lower power consumption
*Intel P67/H6x - lga 1055 Sandy Bridge, the chipset is actually only a southbridge as the NB (as it was on the P45) is completely integrated on the CPU, along with the integrated graphics; adds 2xSATA3 and PCIe v2.0 in the southbridge (before Intel used 1.0 in SBs); the older 4xSATA2 ports are bugged which lead to Intel halting sells of all these sk 1055 chipsets.

My take is since P45, AMD kinda opened the roads by implementing PCIe 2.0 in southbridge (and thus offering full bandwidth to USB 3.0 controllers) and the 6xSATA3 ports; Intel came later, but executed better, albeit for a higher price. X58 is a dead end, at the beginning maybe Intel wanted to keep this chipset for enthusiasts having some fear that AMD may offer something competitive; AMD flopped and Intel didn't really update X58, won't offer SB derivatives for it. P45 evolved in P55 which wasn't much of an evolution - P55 supported dual core sk 1156 which weren't any good imho compared to AMD's offer, but Lynnfield quads were quite good. P67 and H55 are artificially limited (aside from being bugged), P67 can't use a part of the CPU called QuickSync while H55 can't OC at all. Z68 will bring the best of P67/H55, but we'd probably have to pay dearly for it.
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