Back in January Intel released their Sandy Bridge platform to some very positive reviews. The performance of the CPUs and the overall platform was excellent and there were a number of very impressive feature packed motherboards available. Unfortunately sales of the new platform ground to a halt when a chipset issue was identified which required a hardware fix and since then the world has been waiting for new boards to appear.
Today we have one of the B3 revision motherboards on our test bench, a mini-ITX model from Gigabyte, which packs a whole load of features into a tiny PCB. We’ll be putting that model through its paces, along with the low energy 2100/2500T CPUs, in a selection of synthetic and real world tests to find out how they perform with a mini-ITX Fusion system included as a performance baseline.