Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Latest Processor to Build a Gaming Computer

By Joseph Robertson

Everyone in the pc gaming world who likes to build computers always has their eye on the latest processor. The latest processor to be released was Intel's Sandy Bridge E series processors - they were released in early November of 2011. The Sandy Bridge E processors represent the final result of the Sandy Bridge line of processors, and are the most expensive and potent processors available to the buyer.

The Sandy Bridge line a processors provided a CPU that had in depth power, but also integrated graphics control. This made allowance for quicker performance in 3D graphics as the on board CPU controller provided a closer information processing for the CPU. The closer something is to the CPU the quicker the data is processed. So Sandy Bridge CPUs proved to be far better for PC gaming than the rest. Even the lower level CPUs outpaced the top end AMD processors.

Now we have Intel's latest processor, the Sandy Bridge E. The Sandy Bridge E took the best of everything in the Sandy Bridge Line and wrapped it up into one large processor. Physically it's really much larger than the standard Sandy Bridge Processors. There are two reasons for this. First, the top end Sandy Bridge E currently available is a 6 core processor. 2nd, the Sandy Bridge E offers a very giant L3 cache. The top end Sandy Bridge E offers a 15 MB L3 cache, while the next one down offers a 12 MB. Cache is one of those components of a CPU that's frequently ignored, but having a bigger cache like that helps improve performance enormously.

Included in the release of the latest processor, Intel also released the chipset platform to support it. The X79 chipset turns out to be quite an awesome feat of engineering. As well as supporting the supreme Sandy Bridge E, the x79 chipset also boasts quad channel memory and 40 lanes of PCIe 3.0. This suggests that the performance increase from exploiting Sandy Bridge E isn't just in the processor itself, but much greater memory and pcie bandwidth capability.

At the end, the latest processor by Intel has demonstrated to be a tour de force. No other patron processor out there can match it's performance, and Intel's next processor likely won't even touch it. All this performance comes at a sizeable price , but for those folks that want to have the final gaming machine, there is not any wiser choice.

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