What is the "Sandy Bridge"?
Can anyone tell me what it is.. and is it a cpu?? mobo? or whats the whole new thing about it?
It is intel's next generation of CPUs. The first ones are coming out in the U.S. on January 9th and are aimed to replace socket LGA 1156 CPUs and motherboards. Sandy Bridge processors will require a new socket for the motherboard, so new motherboards are being released by its side. Ivy Bridge is the generation that will follow Sandy Bridge, and will replace the enthusiast level processors (socket LGA 1366).
Adding to Great Reb: Sandy Bridge puts a graphics processing unit into the cpu, for better integrated graphics than intel usually produces. It is Socket LGA 1155, which as he said requires a new motherboard.
It's what happens to a bridge if you run too quickly from the beach without cleaning your sandals.
It is a socket type, LGA 1155. The processors running on this architecture are supposed to be significantly smarter, and therefore faster, than the current i-core line. Example, they put a sort of twist on Turbo Boost (1 core can use resources from another, unused, core to make it faster) where the CPU will be able to draw more power than it's TDP (total draw power) - basically supercharging the CPU. Later in the year they should be releasing a super high-end desktop CPU to handle quad-channel RAM and PCIe3.0
I guess quickest answer to your question is that it's CPU (socket type) - and they basically make new motherboards (north bridges) for each socket type (p55 for LGA 1156, x58 for LGA 1366) so it will include new motherboards as well.