Finally all's well in the Sandy Bridge
camp, Intel exorcizing the demons and getting its current generation of hardware flowing smoothly. You know what that means: it's time for the next, a revision called X79 that will supersede the current X58 chipset sometime toward the beginning of 2012. According to the leaked slide above, X79 motherboards will feature 2011-pin LGA sockets for E-series CPUs, where 'E' stands for "Enthusiast" not "Elephant." 14 SATA connections are available, 10 of which will manage 6Gb/s, and another 14 USB 2.0 ports means you can have just about every USB-powered member of the Crapgadget Hall of Fame
connected simultaneously. That said, there's no mention of a single USB 3.0
port, something of a bummer for those hoping that standard would be, well, standard by 2012. Of course Intel's thrown its weight behind
Light Peak Thunderbolt
, but curiously there's no integrated support for that, either.