Taking A Long Look At Intel's Sandy Bridge

Anatomy Of A Tweaker

With its BG motherboard, Intel appeals to gamers and enthusiasts with more LEDs, including those illuminating the chipset (shown), CPU thermal unit and skull eyes that light up to indicate hard drive access. Other "extreme" features include (claims of) shorter boot times through BIOS changes and a numerical LED (top) that displays POST codes for debugging and for troubleshooting possible roadblocks to increases in system performance.

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