At the latest IDF (Intel Developer Forum) in Beijing, Benjamin Gould and Dan Ragland from Intel discussed overclocking in the past, nowadays and what may come with Sandy Bridge for both stationary and notebooks. With a slide that looks very interesting they openly consider shipping Sandy Bridge-E with water cooling.
According to the slide, Intel is considering bundling the upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processors with liquid cooling setup such as Corsair H50.
Realistically speaking, there are only two companies who could land a contract of this magnitude: Asetek and CoolIT Systems. The picture in the slide shows Corsair's liquid cooling system designed and manufactured by Asetek, while CoolIT Systems recently announced cooperation with Corsair on future solutions. Regardless of who might get a design win (somebody from Far East?), companies involved cannot save a dime on the build quality of these parts - Intel bundling liquid cooling in their retail packaging could be a turning point for the liquid cooling industry as such, moving from high-end enthusiasts and people in the know to performance-oriented mainstream audience, a major sized market.
If we take a look at Intel's Desktop roadmap for the next several quarters, it is easy to see what potential impact could SNB-E have on the market. Intel plans to launch the LGA-2011 parts as both top-end, "Extreme" Core i7 parts and "Premium Performance" Core i7s.
SNB-E i.e. Sandy Bridge-Extreme will work out its way from the $370 all the way to $999 price bracket. Based on information given, Chipzilla from Santa Clara is preparing itself for the market and mind share impact of AMD's upcoming FX series of processors. Bulldozers are coming, can Intel flush them out?
Thanks Prakash. I have been looking at Sandy Bridge processors for my new build, so this is good to know.
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Thank you Prakash for covering the latest in hardware releases, much appreciated, as for the H50 it's not really water cooling in the true sense it only cools the cpu and on the X58 many Air coolers out performed the H50 Noctua DH 14 for example, if you overclock your cpu Intel will not give you warranty, so im wondering now do they allow for overclocking the Sandybridge chips and will they allow for OC if you burn your cpu. Corsair are a great company but i would rather skip the H50 as todate it's one area they need improvement.
welcome guys .I agree with jaycub .