ASUS and Intel are putting together a webcast that they've invited me to attend. The topic of discussion? Sandy Bridge. The webcast will air after Intel's official announcement of Sandy Bridge at 9AM PST on January 5, 2011 at CES.

The discussion will be a conversation between myself, Gary Key (former AT Motherboard Editor, current ASUS Technical Marketing Manager), and Michael Lavacot, an Intel Consumer Field Application Engineer. 

If you have any questions you'd like to see me answer on air or that you'd like me to grill ASUS and Intel on, leave them in the comments to this post and I'll do my best to get them addressed.

Of course we will also have our full review of Sandy Bridge around the same time. 

Update: Intel posted some of the videos from this webcast on its YouTube channel. I tried to answer as many of the big questions you guys asked as I could in the video or in our Sandy Bridge review

I'll add links here for more videos as they get posted:

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  • DanNeely - Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - link

    The same reason LGA 1156 only had 16 on the CPU die. To keep costs down for the 99% of systems that are sold which don't need more.
  • semo - Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - link

    Oh please. Intel can be considered a premium brand. Also look at their bewildering array of products... with all that supposed choice, there is no option for more PCIe lanes (x58 is a dodo so don't even mention it)
  • mlavacot - Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - link

  • mlavacot - Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - link

    More lanes means bigger package, higher cost, and higher power. We have more lanes in the X58 class platform. You can also expect us to refresh that class of product.
  • mlavacot - Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - link

    Sorry about not having the answer on the webcast. Next time I will make sure to get a copy of the questions before the webcast. No OpenCL offload to the graphics section with Sandy Bridge. You can bet we are working on it though.
  • piesquared - Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - link

    Who gives a shit about sandy bridge? DRM infested junk, and anand is shamelessly showing his paycheck from intel. where's the outcry about DRM like years past? intel tasting pretty good there anand? what a fraud lol
  • DigitalFreak - Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - link

    STFU troll
  • landerf - Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - link

    What? The streaming thing? Who does that even effect. Seriously who would rent a hd stream just to rip it. Do what every other pirate does, download a torrent.
  • ricin - Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - link

  • metafor - Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - link

    I'm curious about what the limitation is now with using both GPU's simultaneously for different data processing sets. Before, since the GPU resided on the motherboard and connected directly to the output driver, this was complicated to achieve.

    But it's part of the SB ring-bus now. Does SB drive the frame outputs on its own set of pins or does it send it over the bus to the north bridge? If the later, why could it not send it to the discrete GPU's framebuffer?

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