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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  • mlavacot - Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - link

    Sounds like you should be in the graphics architecture business… There are Hybrid graphics solutions for Laptops in the market today. There are various implementations being done and some are really clever. For desktop, it is a bit trickier. The standard Desktop model is adding a discrete graphics card that has its own display connector. So now you have two graphics connectors on the back of your desktop. One solution might be to use clone mode for both outputs and plug them into the same monitor using two separate cables. You would then have to change the monitor input (usually just a button on the monitor) to switch between them. Outside of that, some tricks need to be done to pass graphics information on the PCIe bus between the add in card and the Processor graphics. It can be done as we have seen in some Laptops, it just does not exist yet in Desktops. I think you will see some progress in the near future.
  • Hulk - Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - link

    didn't seem to know much about SB. I mean he seems like a very nice guy and quite intelligent but Anand seemed to know more about SB than he did. Most questions were answered with "maybe" or "I'm not sure."

    Would have been great for Anand to speak with an actual SB engineer that knows the design details inside and out.
  • mlavacot - Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - link

    Yeah, if I had known the types of questions that were coming, I could have prepare a bit better or brought in an architecture guy. Have you ever had an exam and studied the wrong material? Next time…
  • MeanBruce - Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - link

    Any new details on Sandy Bridge Enthusiast LGA-2011 platform?
  • mlavacot - Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - link

    Just not quite ready to comment.
  • Shadowmaster625 - Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - link

    Will it be possible to use all 4 cores (8 threads) to software transcode video while simultaneously using Quicksync? Are any developers working on maximizing output from both parts of the cpu?

    I dont know about anyone else, but I'd feel pretty silly if I spent $300 on a cpu just to have it sit mostly idle while it plugs away at my video. Even if a tiny little portion of the chip is built for transcoding, I'd still want to push my cpu cores to the maximum possible limit. Also, what about using the EU's to help? If you could encode a clip using x86 in 3 minutes, and if you could also encode that same clip using Quicksync in 2 minutes, then at least in theory you could use both to encode the clip in 80 seconds. And if you used the EUs, you could theoretically push that time down to around 70 seconds or so. So now we're talking about roughly doubling the output of Quicksync by fully utilizing the entire cpu.
  • mlavacot - Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - link

    Sounds logical to me, but I am not aware of that happening today. Will see if I can find anything to share.
  • ricin - Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - link

    I'm not upgrading my Q6700 until I can get one. BTW, Avinash says, "Hi!"
  • Postoasted - Thursday, January 6, 2011 - link

    Totally agree. Still using C2D 6300 on a 965P motherboard. We need AMD to put some serious pressure on Intel before we get what we really want. As it is now, Intel is just drip feeding us with these slow incremental die shrinks with goofy on die gpus which only make the NB makers happy. Can't blame them though, it's always been about the dosh.
  • mlavacot - Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - link

    Hi Avinash - No specific comments yet for unannounced products but we do have plans for the X58 replacement platform space.

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