Sandy Bridge E is right around the corner and the amount of Socket-2011 related emails we're getting is going up. The latest is from MSI - we got an email with pics of the company's X79 lineup including the ultra high-end Big Bang XPower II and the micro-ATX X79MA-GD45. Check out the gallery below for shots of all the boards.

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  • p05esto - Monday, November 7, 2011 - link

    Not bad, I like all the lead up to a new CPU release....especially when I'll be most likely upgrading from my current 1366 platform. I'll wait for the reviews and benchmarks on the 14th to determine what version of "E" to get, probably the midrange one at $560..... either that or wait till spring, but then I'm always waiting for something and I'd rather just build and have a nice computer. Although it's hard to complain about my i7 now, lol.

    Darn computers are too fast these days, I need a better excuse to upgrade. How sad is that? Remember the days of "waiting" on your computer to do tasks? Not anymore, now we get concerned over a few FPS and unnoticable synthentic benchmark differences. It makes me sad frankly, we need some software that brings these systems to their knees (and actually does something useful, not infinate loops, lol).
  • wifiwolf - Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - link

    I'd like to see that kind of software too, but all we'll see is a bunch remakes.
  • B3an - Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - link

    Try doing some actual serious work then kiddies. 3DS Max, Lightwave or Maya rendering, or using video editing software like After Effects with many effects added will bring this hardware to it's knees. Theres LOADS of software out there that will totally cripple these CPU's.

    My i7 980X @ 4.2GHz can take hours for some of my rendering work or even take over a whole day to complete with all cores at 100% load.
    If you really have nothing that makes use of your hardware then you shouldn't be buying this stuff in the first place because obviously a lower end system will be just as good for you.
  • otherwise - Monday, November 14, 2011 - link

    I don't think the 980X makes sense for those work loads because you're at a very awkward price point. For a lot less money you can get a normal i7. If the extra 20% is really worth $400 to you, and cores matter, for $400 more than the EE you can go with dual hex core Xeons at a lower frequency, but the extra 6 cores more than makes up for it.
  • jmelgaard - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - link

    I would think they same, you might have to pay about $200 more for the motherboard as well.

    But 2 x Xeon E5645 12 MB is fairly close to the price of one 980X (or 990X), at least from the retailers here.

    And after all... a true Dual Xeon system is that much more sexy ^o^...
  • xQuartzx - Friday, November 11, 2011 - link

    I can't wait for these to come out. The second Ironside Computers releases their sandy bridge - e computers I'm buying. WOOOHOOO!

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