... and on the Sandy Bridge motherboard review ...I'm not sure how coldly analytical I can be about this, because the Core i7-2600K with Hyper-Threading is frickin' awesome and you should totally get one, but you're free to spend less if you want to wuss out like that.
I was actually surprised that Gigabyte dropped the ball this generation of motherboards. For the past few chipset generations I've been buying Gigabyte motherboards and have been very happy with them.The P8P67 PRO has a few niggling flaws, but they're easily balanced by all the things the board does right. Among the four, the PRO feels like the most refined attempt at a next-generation motherboard. If we were building a desktop system with a Sandy Bridge CPU, that's exactly the kind of motherboard we'd want.
I was initially surprised by the same thing--the ASUS UEFI reported the temperature almost 10C higher than AI Suite did once booted into Windows. It makes sense, however--no CPU power management is used when you're in the UEFI screens. This effect is particularly pronounced with Sandy Bridge CPUs due to their large ratio between idle and high-power states.I just upgraded my system to the i7 2600K + ASUS P8P67 Pro this morning, and it went well. However I was a bit confused with the idle temperature reading in the BIOS (44-53C) versus in Windows in AI Suite II (16-20C) but I read that the BIOS reading is not really an idle temperature. Regardless, I doubt I will be overclocking it but I still might buy a better cooler and replace the stock Intel cooler.
That's fine. The SATA controller doesn't care if its connected to a SSD, optical drive, or spinning rust.Question, the SATA6 connections, Intel or Marvell are designed primarily for data drives so what is the impact of using them for an optical drive - Blu-ray or DVD?