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  • Fallen Kell - Monday, January 10, 2011 - link

    So with the current fail group of chipsets for Sandy Bridge CPU's, we can either have overclocking or Quick Sync. Looks like I won't be upgrading as soon as I thought I would. Glad I didn't pull the trigger on the CPU over the weekend with the deals that MicroCenter has been having. What was Intel thinking? Reply
  • Fallen Kell - Monday, January 10, 2011 - link

    Also, by the time the Z series is out, I might as well wait for the next gen CPU's which have direct X11 and require yet another different socket, since it will only another 3-6 months. Reply
  • vol7ron - Monday, January 10, 2011 - link

    Kind of in agreement. Plus, I've learned my lesson in buying a new mobo too early. Better to wait for improved batches of them too. Reply
  • mczak - Monday, January 10, 2011 - link

    There are some hints though indicating Ivy Bridge could be socket compatible with Sandy Bridge - at least still seems to use same socket, if it will run with the "old" chipset and old boards I wouldn't want to bet money on it given intel's track record in that area but it might be possible... Reply
  • vol7ron - Monday, January 10, 2011 - link

    You forgot to mention that the Core i5 makes more sense for an HTPC, but it still has the old on-die gpu. People that get the i7-2 will probably be using discrete graphics and have less of a need for the HD3000.

    QuickSync is the only exception, but I'm not sure HD3000 is required for that.
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  • vol7ron - Monday, January 10, 2011 - link

    I forgot to add: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4113/lucid-enables-q...

    P67 Quick Sync
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  • micksh - Monday, January 10, 2011 - link

    You added link to H67 Quick Sync, not P67 Reply
  • vol7ron - Monday, January 10, 2011 - link

    Well crapp. Z68 can you come a little sooner? Reply
  • Wiggy McShades - Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - link

    this only works with certain intel wifi adapters that are made for notebooks only, so unless you can find a desktop board with a mini pci-e slot you'd be out of luck anyway. WiDi is a laptop feature, if you cant move your desktop why would you need a wireless connection between it and the pc? Reply
  • Wiggy McShades - Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - link

    it and the TV* Reply
  • therealnickdanger - Monday, January 10, 2011 - link

    1080p video and lossless audio? No compression? Reply
  • vol7ron - Monday, January 10, 2011 - link

    This is one of the things I was curious about, which I wrote you in an email (not sure you got)?

    Still curious about the OLEDs that were at the CES last year, especially the 6mm (Samsung?) one. Curious if any vendor has had any input on the longevity/improvements of the technology.
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  • BugblatterIII - Monday, January 10, 2011 - link

    The previous version was a bit pointless at 720p, at least for me. Competing solutions required plugging stuff into your laptop, which again was pointless (might as well plug in an HDMI lead).

    This could finally be useful; have the laptop wirelessly on my lap and still use my monitor or TV as a second screen. Not a big deal but a nice-to-have.

    Thing is I'm not sure how many people actually want this, apart from the geek-appeal. I was looking for a laptop with it for my gf and even the laptops that had it barely mentioned it; it's certainly not seen as a killer feature.
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  • vol7ron - Monday, January 10, 2011 - link

    Are you kidding? I'd get it for YouTube/Netflix/Hulu alone. Does it stream audio though? Reply
  • hybridE4t - Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - link

    I'd like to know what the CPU overhead is of streaming the desktop to the TV. Ideally I'd like to be able to play games on my future SNB laptop and use my HDTV as a monitor. Wireless streaming is appealing to me but not if it will noticeably impact performance. Reply

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