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Why Wait? Sandy Bridge CPUs Are On Sale Now

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 72 comments

No need to wait for CES, Sandy Bridge is here!

The next generation of Intel Core processors, also known as Sandy Bridge, is set for a grand reveal at next year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. There we expect to see tons of new computers using the new processor technology.

If you don’t want to wait two weeks for that, however, you may be able to build your very own in your home if you happen to live in Malaysia.

Malaysian computer retailer Compuzone posted on its Facebook page that it now has stock of the new Sandy Bridge processors as well the requisite P67 motherboards from Asus.

Although it appears that the pictures are no longer available on the Facebook page, Lowyat.net has captured a few that show the new products in the wild, including this one showing a trio of the new LGA1155 chip in retail edition.

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    christop , December 21, 2010 10:41 AM
    I'm ready for some benchmarks..
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    oxxfatelostxxo , December 21, 2010 9:34 AM
    something along the terms of rebranded comes to mind reading this..
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    painis , December 21, 2010 9:34 AM
    This was on 4chan days ago quoting "U jelly?"
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    alhanelem , December 21, 2010 10:19 AM
    damn you malaysia
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    Tamz_msc , December 21, 2010 10:35 AM
    Intel chips are made in Malaysia, so its not too surprising.
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    christop , December 21, 2010 10:41 AM
    I'm ready for some benchmarks..
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    ethaniel , December 21, 2010 10:49 AM
    So, everybody looks ready to change platforms... again...
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    dalta centauri , December 21, 2010 10:56 AM
    Everytime you ask, "Is this real?"
    You can just read the box on the lower right of them.
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    babydevil05 , December 21, 2010 10:56 AM
    Haha. really? i live in Malaysia!! time to upgrade the whole mo-bo!
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    servarus , December 21, 2010 11:36 AM
    The price is kinda cheap too...
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    alikum , December 21, 2010 11:42 AM
    No rebranding involved. I've visited the store and seen it with my own eyes. The i7 2600 (not K version) is RM980 / 3.135 = ~US$312
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    kartu , December 21, 2010 12:01 PM
    Don't forget to kiss overclocking goodby, before buying these CPUs, as majority of them has killed any kind of overclocking.
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    kansur0 , December 21, 2010 12:55 PM
    Before you get too excited about this new processor...do your research on the "remote kill switch" which is included as a "security feature" in these processors. The question is...how do you turn off the processor? and who has access to the big red button. Read the article on the UK banning certain illicit content and you can see where I am going with this. If they don't like what you are doing with your machine...could they just shut you off remotely?
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    dalta centauri , December 21, 2010 1:05 PM
    Quote:
    Before you get too excited about this new processor...do your research on the "remote kill switch" which is included as a "security feature" in these processors. The question is...how do you turn off the processor? and who has access to the big red button. Read the article on the UK banning certain illicit content and you can see where I am going with this. If they don't like what you are doing with your machine...could they just shut you off remotely?

    It's supposed to be a personal kill switch in the case of a stolen laptop (apparently desktops as well.)
    Saying that, we could have an update where they decide to tell people that their cutting down on illegal activity and will warn you before shutting you down remotely. This could be a problem, so I don't see them doing this though.
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    kelemvor4 , December 21, 2010 1:13 PM
    It requires a separate transceiver to work remotely as advertised since that feature isn't integrated into the chip. Unless you buy a system with one of those, you only have to worry about the viruses that will probably now be able to physically "damage" your hardware.
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    cookoy , December 21, 2010 1:29 PM
    funds are low, debts are high
    have to go slow on spending and wait more
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    Anonymous , December 21, 2010 1:55 PM
    @kansur0

    well you know just in case some rough state decides to use one of these babies in one of their unsanctioned nuclear program......
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    noblerabbit , December 21, 2010 1:57 PM
    I was running in my sandles, from the beach to the store, in Malaysia, and I wiped out on the Sandy footBridge
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    lradunovic77 , December 21, 2010 2:34 PM
    Let me get this straight. Intel does not allow CPU to overclock except if you buy K series. Is this true? They do offer Turbo Performance which is the most retarded technology i have seen in the last 10 years. I overclock CPU by myself the way i want, like running the current i7@4000Mhz on all 6 cores. Don't think Turbo Option will ever do this.
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    lradunovic77 , December 21, 2010 2:36 PM
    So why would people buy this crap and replace motherboard??? I don't think Sandy Bridge offers anything revolutionary and having integreated graphich chip in CPU is another stupid idea.
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    coldmast , December 21, 2010 2:56 PM
    lradunovic77So why would people buy this crap and replace motherboard??? I don't think Sandy Bridge offers anything revolutionary and having integreated graphich chip in CPU is another stupid idea.

    Especially when (uneducated) consumers don't know, and you have it on the same product line. Check out newegg to see how many people complain about buying an i5 750/760 and a motherboard with a video ports... only to not have video.
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