Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs surface in Biostar CPU support list
Biostar published CPU support list for socket 1155 motherboards, which includes a number of upcoming Core i5 and Core i7 Sandy Bridge microprocessors. Processor frequency and Thermal Design Power characteristics in the published data match those from the earlier reports, that appeared months ago. The list references Core i5-2300 processor, that we first reported on three days ago. The support list also reveals QDF (S-Spec) numbers for Sandy Bridge qualification samples. These are:
Core i5-2300 - Q1HG
The list does not link yet to socket 115 Biostar motherboards, but it's not difficult to guess what motherboards it will link to. It's well known that Biostar plans two socket 1155 boards, TH67XE and TP67XE.
The TH67XE is based on Intel H67 chipset, and supports Core i3 / i5 / i7 microprocessors with TDP up to 95 Watt. The board includes 4 memory slots, and may work with DDR3-1066 and DDR3-1333. Maximum amount of supported memory is 16 GB. The Biostar TH67XE provides 1 PCI, 1 PCI-E x1 2.0, and 2 PCI-E x16 2.0 Slots, SATA2 / SATA3 / eSATA connectors, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, IEEE 1394 interface, 1Gbit LAN controller, 8-Channel HD Audio, and integrated video. The motherboard is manufactured in micro-ATX form factor.
The Biostar TP67XE is based on Intel P67 chipset, and is produced in ATX form factor. The board includes a number of improvements over the TH67XE: it is not limited by processor's 95 Watt Thermal Design Power, it supports memory up to DDR3-2200 in overclocked mode, has additional PCI and PCI-E x1 slots, and two extra USB 2.0 ports. This board does not come with integrated graphics.
Update (Nov 17): CPU support data is now linked from TP67XE and TH67XE specifications pages. As we expected, each listed processor model references both motherboards. To see the list of supported processors for each board click on the "CPU Support" tab on the motherboard page.
Jan 09: Intel launches new desktop and mobile CPUs
Jan 06: Intel launches Sandy Bridge micro-architecture
Dec 02: Prices and launch dates of desktop Sandy Bridge CPUs
Nov 13: Part numbers of desktop Sandy Bridge CPUs emerge on Intel website