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Is “limited overclocking” supported by Ivy Bridge Xeon?

Intel Core i5 and i7 desktop processors in the Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge families support limited overclocking, where you can push the turbo boost multiplier to 4 bins above the standard. For ...
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Windows 7, SandyBridge -> IvyBridge update, windows won't start or install

I'm having trouble trying to replace an Intel Pentium G630 (2.7 GHz) CPU with an Intel Core i5-3570. The rest of my system is as follows: Windows 7 64-bit Motherboard: MSI B75MA-45P BIOS 1.10 ...
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6-core Sandy Bridge-E vs. 4-core Ivy Bridge [closed]

I am currently choosing between Intel Core i7-3770 (quad, Ivy) and Intel Core i7-3930K (6 cores, Sandy Bridge-E). This machine will be used for both work (Adobe, Autodesk software, graphic and ...
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How to force my laptop to use the discrete GPU?

My laptop (Asus X7BSV) is stuck using only the integrated GPU. It has a nVidia GT540M as well, but I cannot get it to work. I am using a Windows 7 x64 with latest drivers. This occurred after I ...
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Z77 Motherboard with i7-2600K cpu, what will not work?

I'm building a new system. So far I think I narrowed it down to Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H (Z77 Ivy Bridge chipset) motherboard. I was planning to get i5-3570K(Ivy Bridge) cpu, but now I can get ...
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How do I install HDMI audio driver for ASRock Core HT HTPC in Windows 8?

How do I install a functioning driver for the Intel HDMI Audio device in my ASRock Core HT HTPC in Windows 8? The PC is based on the Intel Sandy Bridge platform with HM65/HM67 chipset. Let me know if ...
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Can't get 1080i output from Intel integrated graphics card (Sandy Bridge) on Ubuntu 12.04

I just bought a Celeron G540 and an MSI H61M-P31 for my HTPC, currently running Ubuntu Precise. Previously, I had used an AMD card -- with some work, I got it to send 1080i output, the only thing my ...
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Computer Memory Configuration

So I currently have 4x 4GB Dimms of 1600Mhz memory (DDR3) in my computer, however one dimm has went bad. Now, my understanding is that they are dual-channel, which means they are ment to run in ...
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Explanation of the Intel 1155 “Sandy-Bridge” chipsets

Originally there was an H67 (with graphics), a P67 (for overclocking), and a z68 (for both). However, now it seems like there is a whole slew of alterations to this chipsets and I'm looking for an ...
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Media Encoder w\ Merge Files & SandyBridge Hardware Encoding Support

So i have a Z68 chipset that allows Quick Sync encoding on my i7 processor. I want a media encoder that supports both Hardware encoding and allows me to "merge files". My problem is Fraps breaks my ...
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Switching between intel sandy bridge GPU and discrete video card on the fly

Is it possible to disable the discrete GPU(s) without physically fiddling with the hardware, and run the system exclusively on intel sandy bridge GPU - in order to save power? Can one do the switch ...
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“poor” video encoding performance of the i5 2500k under Linux

I'm running Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty), with an i5 2500k (not overclocked) and a z68 board. I'm trying to encode DVD quality VOB files to the iPhone preset in Handbrake, but in mkv format. I'm currently ...
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Can you use the Sandy Bridge H67 IGP and an additional graphics card to drive 2 monitors via DisplayPort?

I'm going to build a new pc. I want it to be connected to my two monitors via DisplayPort because the other ports on the monitors are already in use by another computer. I'm thinking about going with ...
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Can I activate Smart Response Technology after installing my operating system?

I've already been using my Z68 Sandy Bridge machine for a few months now. Can I now install a SSD and activate Smart Response Technology to speed up my I/O rates, or is this something that must be ...
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How to avoid purchasing Faulty “Cougar Point” Chipset motherboard?

I plan on purchasing an Intel 2600K processor and am worried about my motherboard choice considering the faulty chipset ("Cougar Point" Chipset ) issues. What should I check to make sure I don't ...
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Can an Intel Sandy Bridge GPU run Starcraft 2?

Intel's Sandy Bridge GPUs are said to be a lot better than their previous ones. I'm curious about whether or not such a GPU (or maybe their second generation) can run a game like Starcraft 2 ...
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How can I control hard drive usage for some programs?

Is it possible to limit hard drive IO per process? I recently upgraded from a Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.8GHz to an i7 2600K @ 4.5GHz. It's a pretty big step from 2 slow cores to 4 fast cores. Also, I've ...
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Are there significant performance difference between chipsets?

I wanted to build a single PC to fit all my needs, but since hardware virtualization support (Vt-d specifically) is a huge problem, I decided to build multiple single-use oriented computers. In this ...
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Core i3-2100 with 65W power supply?

Did i totally screw things up on this build? I have a an Antek ISK 300-65 mini-itx case which has a 65w PSU on it. I bought a Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge (Not the 'T' version), an OCZ Vertex 2 ...
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GPU at >= 100% for Intel HD Graphics 3000

On my brand new Lenovo W520 (with Sandy Bridge, 2820QM) and with default settings and on battery power, the "Power Manager" status shows that the GPU usage is constant at 100% or larger. Is this ...
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Sandy Bridge: Would it cause CPU performance drop when using integrated GPU?

It seems that the GPU requires more memory bandwidth than the CPU. Discrete graphics all have dedicated fast memory on board. The integrated GPU shares the same system memory as the CPU. Would that ...
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Monitoring Turbo Boost / SpeedStep on 13" MacBook Pro

I have an early 2011 MacBook Pro 13" and I'm supposed to be able to turbo boost up to 2.9GHz until the processor begins to overheat. Does anyone know of a utility that can monitor the current ...
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Running Intel 3000 HD and a Discrete Graphics Card at the same time [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I enable onboard graphics AND dedicated card simultaneously ? i am building a new sandy bridge desktop. i want to run 3 to 4 monitors on this system, and would ...
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Optiplex 980 vs. Vostro 460? [closed]

I'm buying new PC's for a bunch of programmers; speed is important. I'm trying to decide between Optiplex 980 (core i5 650) and Vostro (some Sandy Bridge i3 or i5). The prices are similar, but the ...
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Hardware optimization with ffmpeg

I have a Linux box and would like to encode some videos with ffmpeg. I have heard that my CPU (a second gen core i5 processor) has hardware support for h.264 encoding. Is it possible to get ffmpeg ...