Sandy Bridge has landed! The latest "Tock" in Intel's "Tick-Tock" roadmap brings a new microarchitecture based on a 32 nm manufacturing process. Along with a new range of CPUs, Intel has developed new chipsets to cater for everyone from the super high end enthusiast crowd, to low the powered mobile market.
Today, we'll be taking a look at the Asus P8P67 Deluxe motherboard, based on the P67 chipset, it is a mid to high end board, with a list of features that are only surpassed by the much more expensive ROG models.
There has been much chatter and rumour mongering regarding Sandy Bridge's overclocking capabilities, the truth of the matter is, that if you want to overclock more than a couple of hundred MHz, you'll need to buy a "K" model CPU. The entire system bus is fixed around 100MHz, which means that more than a few MHz of an adjustment would end up with other on-board devices running too fast and out of sync, so to get round this fixed bus design, and keep the overclocking fraternity happy (well, kind of), Intel have launched the"K" model CPUs which feature an unlocked multiplier. This will obviously bring a whole new set of overclocking rules for this platform, for which we have put together a complete guide.