“The Daily News Pulse” (http://macte.ch/HwCnp) says Intel will present a new chipset, the X79, in the fourth quarter of the year.
The article says that the X79 fully supports two PCIe x16 lanes, has 14 SATA ports and possesses eight ports that support SAS. There are 14 USB 2.0 ports, but no mention of USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt ports. PCI x1 support is eliminated.
The X79 chipset will purportedly consist of a 2011-pin LGA socket and will seat the Sandy Bridge-E series CPUs that will feature a quad-channel memory controller and a 32+ lane PCI-Express hub. “Intel has decided to skip the X68 naming scheme altogether and has instead chosen a rather odd naming convention,” says “The Daily News Pulse.”