Based on the latest motherboards, they have been launched in JapanIt looks like some Japanese built to order (BTO) desktop PC makers really can't wait for the Ivy Bridge processor platform, having hurried to be the first to release computers equipped with the latest motherboards.
To get right to the point, some Japanese PC makers have launched systems powered by the Z77 high-end chipset.
Mouse Computer, SHG Galleria, G-Gear and EX Computer have all brought forth such desktop computers.
People shouldn't be too worried though, or enthusiastic, depending on one's view.
That the latest motherboards have been used doesn't mean that the companies jumped the gun on the CPUs too.
Instead, they chose to equip the systems with existing Sandy Bridge LGA 1155 central processing units.
Once the next-generation CPUs appear, the configurations will likely be updated to reflect their existence.
Spec-wise, Mouse Computer's machine has a Core i5-2500K chip as the standard option.
Secondly, the system from SHD Galleria boasts an Intel Core i7-2700K CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 graphics card for good measure.
Thirdly, the G-gear and EX Computer PCs have the same CPU as above (Intel Core i7-2700K) and the Radeon HD 7970 graphics card from Advanced Micro Devices.
The prices shouldn't be all that different compared to the Z68-based models, but this might change once Intel's new CPUs come into play.
We'll leave it to people looking for a new computer to decide if they really want one of these instead of waiting for a couple more weeks.
In the meantime, we'll contemplate the performance differences and the time it will take for the full Ivy Bridge line to be out and about.
Mainstream models will, indeed, be out by the end of this month, but laptop and high-end, workstation and server parts will come later. Only near the end of 2012, or the start of 2013, will all the products be up for sale.