Intel has released their Ivy Bridge Series Chipsets (Also known as Intel 7 Series Chipsets) as the current line of Motherboards and CPU, augmenting and eventually replacing the Sandy Bridge Series Chipsets (Also known as Intel 6 Series Chipsets) Some, but not all of the Sandy Bridge Chipset motherboards will be able to support Ivy Bridge CPU's with Firmware, BIOS and Driver updates.
As you can see in the picture above, The Z68, P67, H67 and H61 Chipset boards will support Ivy Bridge, and the Z68, P67 and H67 Chipsets will be replaced by the Z77, Z75 and H77 Chipsets, respectively. The H61 Chipset will continue as a "Value Line" for the Ivy Bridge CPU's as there is no direct upgrade path.
If you currently have Q67, Q65 or B65 Chipset based motherboards you will not have the ability to upgrade to the Intel Ivy Bridge CPU's, you will need to move to the Q77, Q65 and B75 Chipset boards to be able to use Ivy Bridge CPU's.
Information on the update process for compatible boards is available here.
Please note that in order to get advanced features in the Ivy Bridge Chipsets (Such as full PCI Express rev 3.0 support) you MUST use an Ivy Bridge Chipset Motherboard with an Ivy Bridge CPU. In order to use Intels vPro Technology, it must be supported by both the Motherboard and the CPU, and as of this writing the only 2 vPro Ivy Bridge CPU's we have in stock are the i5-3550 and 17-3770.
Contact your EDI Sales Executive for more information.
Special thanks to Greg Mann for the information.
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