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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  • Venya - Thursday, December 9, 2010 - link

    Can I connect DualLink DVI monitors to Sandy Bridge integrated GPU using H67 based motherboards?
    I am waiting to upgrate my computer to Sandy Bridge and believe its integrated graphics will suit my needs as I don't play games, so I don't need discrete GPU anymore... The only open question is can I use my 30" Dell monitor with it (resolution 2560*1600).
    None of previous Intel-based motherboards was able to support dual-link dvi :-(
  • gookpwr - Thursday, December 9, 2010 - link

    First I also want to know about the UEFI BIOS and when Asus will be implementing that on their mobos?

    Also if I have a discrete gpu attached can I use the extra tdp for overclocking the cpu, and if so will that only apply to the K series CPU's?

    What is the official expected overclockability of the higher end SB chips?

    Will any SB boards have lightpeak, and if so when? If not how far away are lightpeak based boards?

    Thank you
  • prdola0 - Thursday, December 9, 2010 - link

    since the mobile Sandy Bridge seems to be a wonderful mobile CPU, I have a question for Asus. There is currently a dogma that small computers like netbooks have to be cheap and have weak CPU and graphics inside, slow hard drives and so on, compared to the full-sized notebooks. I wonder if, with the Sandy Bridge CPU near, Asus could introduce a small form factor mobile PC (10"), that could have a decent Sandy Bridge mobile CPU and a good Intel SSD? I am looking for a device that I could work and decently game on while on the go, but when I come to my office, that I could connect it to my bigger screen LCD and still work comfortably. Currently my only option is a device like the 1015PN (because it has matte screen and ION), which I have to upgrade to Win 7 Professional myself, have to disassemble it to insert a decent SSD, but still can't do much about the slow CPU inside. The point is that I don't really need a big screen notebook if I have a big screen at the office, but I do need the computing (and gaming) power of a notebook. A low-clocked Sandy Bridge CPU with the full 12 EPU graphics cores would be ideal for this.

    One more this for Asus: could you please make your specifications tab in the device descriptions on your website more detailes? Because if you for example just say your notebook has an SSD, I won't buy it. I will only buy it if I know what brand and type it is. This is true for all the components, not just SSDs.

    Best regards,
  • prdola0 - Thursday, December 9, 2010 - link

    I forgot to mention that at least 8 hours of real battery life (not idle at desktop, but for work) is a must for this type of device. I would be willing to pay as much as for a full-sized notebook for such a device and I think that there are many more people like me.

    Best regards,
  • ibudic1 - Thursday, December 9, 2010 - link

    Dude, get a spare battery.

    If the spare battery is too heavy start working out.

    If that is too hard turn down the brightness to 10% and get the UM version lowest clocked.
    If that does not work for you do everything by hand.
  • mindless1 - Sunday, January 9, 2011 - link

    Dude, we don't want to carry around a lot of separate pieces nor shut down to swap a battery just so some weakling can have the option of a device lighter when the anemic battery is in it.

    I too am rather annoyed at the notion that customers would rather shave a mere few cubic inches and half a kg off a device than have good runtime. I am very put off by the idea that I either need to be a slave to constantly plugging a portable device in to charge, or recall past usage and check charge level before I go anywhere with a laptop. This is not the case with my phone, MP3 player, etc.

    I propose that no portable device should need recharged within the same 8 hour work day, and consider swapping a battery the same difference because that is even MORE of a hassle because then you have to recharge 2 batteries, remembering to swap them around later to recharge both.
  • Oxyrus - Thursday, December 9, 2010 - link

    Will LGA 1155 support Ivy Bridge processors?

    Are there any plans on releasing more CPUs(Sandy B. or Ivy B.) for the 1366 socket?
  • iwodo - Thursday, December 9, 2010 - link

    Why no FMA ( Fused Multiply Add ) in Sandy Bridge? What is happening to it? Postponed to Ivy Bridge?
    Transistor Ratio between GPU, CPU and Cache?
    TDP Ratio between GPU and CPU?
    OpenCL for your GPU? OpenCL 1.1 Compatible?
    Are the GPU inside SB totally new? Any PowerVR Tech in it as you are one of the licensees?
    GPU hardware means nothing, without Decent Drivers it is nothing more then a pieces of useless Silicon. Are Intel going to do something about its Drivers? Like at least a constant update of drivers. Not a once per year event.
    Will all iGPU be 12 EU where the 6 EU version will be 12 EU with 6 EU disabled? Or will there be native 6 EU iGPU?
    Will Hardware Encoding be a fixed unit? i.e No used to X264
  • IntelUser2000 - Thursday, December 9, 2010 - link

    -You obviously never had to download Intel graphics drivers from the questions you ask. They update their drivers every 1-2 months or so.
    -Intel developers have mentioned multiple times before FMA will only appear with Haswell, the Tock after Ivy Bridge. They said adding FMA wasn't worth it in terms of die size and power efficiency.
    -I'm not sure why they'd suddenly go for PowerVR tech on their non-Atom chips since they never used it. They are starting to demonstrate that they can make decent graphics hardware in-house.
  • Catalina588 - Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - link

    Q. Will all iGPU be 12 EU where the 6 EU version will be 12 EU with 6 EU disabled? Or will there be native 6 EU iGPU?

    A. Only the 2500K and 2600K overclockable chips contain the Intel Graphics 3000 with 12 EUs. All the rest have 6 EUs.

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