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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  • hybrid2d4x4 - Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - link

    Seconding the good screen option on the Asus UL series laptops! 1600x900 is good for me, but if you can get me a screen that isn't glossy or overly dull (low contrast, color gamut), I'll live with 768p. No glossy plastics anywhere please! If you can do it on a netbook costing ~270 on sale (the 1001P...), you should be able to do it on a laptop under $1k (assuming similar feature set as the current version and yes, I'm perfectly willing to accept a $50-150 price hike to get a better screen). Keep using the big batteries and don't bother with bottom-of-the-barrel discrete cards- either go for midrange to higher-end or don't do it at all. The latter should be even more obvious with SB's on-die gpu.
  • freezervv - Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - link

    Ignoring exactly how quickly the PC will be outsold by mobile devices of various flavors ( ), it definitely does seem to represent a trend going forward (aka ubiquitous computing).

    Along the lines of Intel Wireless display ( ), what are Intel's thoughts on the support of ubiquitous-style technologies in their consumer chipsets? Do they see this interface being served solely by motherboard integration (add-on chips) or does it have a place inside Intel chipsets?
  • ilkhan - Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - link

    Why couldn't they launch a week before the most fun house LAN of the year for me instead of a week after?

    Are we going to see a 6c sandy bridge on s1155?

    How much performance is lost with single channel memory?
  • Stuka87 - Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - link

    What is Intel's timeline for integrating USB 3.0 support into one of their desktop and/or mobile chipsets? Can we expect SB chipsets to have this support?
  • Casper42 - Thursday, December 9, 2010 - link

    Intel has stated a few times already that SB related Chipsets will have 2 SATA 6Gb ports but NO USB3 Natively.

    I would expect that damn near every SB board from like Asus/GigaByte/MSI/etc will have a USB3 chip added though.
  • adonn78 - Thursday, December 9, 2010 - link

    How much of a percentage in performance increase will we see in games vs the current core I7? Will it be faster than the 1366 CoreI7 chips?
  • Threekings - Thursday, December 9, 2010 - link

    I want to know if ASUS has plans to compete with Dell in the 11-13" gaming/power laptop market. Dell has only one real product in this category right now, the Alienware M11x, and I would like to see a response from ASUS.

    I would like a slightly bigger 13.3" laptop though because a 11" gaming laptop is just too small for me. There is a lot of enthusiasm for a powerful, portable laptop in 13" range on Dell's Ideastorm website.

    This suggestion notes the pros of the M11x and makes suggestions for improvements in the proposed Alienware M13x:

    ASUS might find the suggestions in that link very useful if they intend to make a 11-13" gaming laptop. Just don't make a laptop that shouts "NEERRRRDDD!" from the rooftops. ;)
  • landerf - Thursday, December 9, 2010 - link

    Will 2011 have 4 or 8 ram slots?
  • Catalina588 - Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - link

    8 GB DDR3 DIMMs are expected by the time socket 2011 rolls out with 4 memory channels. So, 4x8 = 32 GB on a desktop. That's probably enough for 2012. Servers get more, and maybe some odd workstations would support more than 4 slots.
  • chemist1 - Thursday, December 9, 2010 - link

    What is Intel doing to future-proof its devices against SSDs that may soon saturate the 6 Gb/s SATA 3 standard? If I buy a Sandy Bridge-based computer in 2011, it would be nice if I could upgrade to a >6 Gb/s SSD in, say, 2013 and take full advantage of the performance improvement.

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