Hardware 29 – We are not Server Admins

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November 29, 2011 | 08:00

Tags: #bulldozer #fx #keyboard #sandy-bridge-e

Companies: #amd #intel

Now that both Intel and AMD have released their next-gen, super-fast processors, James, Clive, Paul and Antony gather in a dingy room to discuss the fall-out. We should stress that this isn’t a server room, so they’re still a bit disappointed by what amounts to a pair of server CPUs in consumer guise.
They discuss Intel’s Sandy Bridge E processor, naturally there’s also plenty of discussion about AMD’s FX-8150 and a bit about its Opteron counterpart. Listen in to see if whether the Bulldozer architecture is any better as a 16-core Opteron.

The chaps also talk about the new LGA2011 socket, which has some excellent additions such as the standard backplate and screw-holes. Mounting LGA2011 coolers is dead-easy (read Issue 101 of Custom PC to see which are worth buying and which will limit your overclocking).

Hardware 29 – We are not Server Admins Hardware 29 – we are not server admins
You need to cool the VRMs when overclocking
a Sandy Bridge E processor

However, the podcasters are a little concerned by the small space left for VRMs between the two banks of DDR3 memory sockets. We had to upgrade our thermal test rig to blow air across the VRM heatsink when testing LGA2011 coolers – we hope a motherboard manufacturer will invent a way to solve this, but considered the limited appeal of LGA2011, we’re not holding our breath.

As usual, we’ve also got a competition for you, with the staggeringly amazingly brilliant prize of an IDF 2011 rucksack (sold rather better this time than Clive manages in the pod itself). It might even be filled with goodies, depending on how generous we’re feeling. And yes, the question is about pins (there’s a clue). To enter, email podcast [at] custompc.co.uk.

As ever, the bit-tech hardware podcast features music by Brad Sucks, and was recorded on Shure microphones. You can download the podcast direct, listen in-browser or subscribe through iTunes using the links below. Also, be sure to let us know your thoughts about the discussion in the forums.
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