So it looks like Sandy Bridge E series chips may just be released this week. Seems (price inflated) pre-orders are appearing over the web.
I think this is quite an interesting upgrade for DAW users to consider, especially comparing to both the 9xx series chips to the current SB i72x00 series.
For me, the biggest thing in memory slots. Finally, X79 based boards will give us up to 8 slots of ram. I personally find the 4 slots avaliable to current sandybridge chips not enough (yes, its for sample instruments, and even my old mac pro 3,1 is running 32GB ram!)
That, and being able to use 6 cores at a reasonable frequency rate (3.2 and 3.3 before turbo boost on both 6 core chips) makes this quite an interesting platform.
I’m looking forward to seeing DAW benchmarks revisited with this new platform. I know there are many who have stuck with their 9xx based i7s (which are fine chips by all accounts) rather than go with the 2600Ks (or 2700 now etc) - perhaps there is now an alternative.
I am building a test machine as a precursor to a new rig for composing (which will likely be 2xpowerful sample slaves, or 4 to 6 low level sample slaves… i am going to have one of each for testing, and then will try figure out a way to evaluate their workflow. It also needs to be light-weight, and able to be taken onto flights, so that is a HUGE constraint in what I’m doing. Whatever solution it is, it will not be standard!)
Has anyone else got any early news on these chips? Boards?