Intel’s Sandy Bridge catches everyone on the left foot -

We managed to carry a review of Intel's Sandy Bridge on TechEye earlier this week – against all the odds we, er, threw one up on the day the embargo was sort of lifted.

Reporter Matthew Finnegan managed to put together a roundup of what reviewers of Intel's Sandra Breeches had to say on Bank Holiday Monday, while our very own Dirk Skuan put together some benchmarks for the board he had.

Let me tell you just how difficult this was. The United Kingdom is notorious for blending Christmas into the New Year, while the United States manages to make the Yule celebrations as minimalistic as possible. We guess that’s something to do with not eating too many turkeys in consecutive months.

From Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve, some salaried staff – in India they’re called people in service – had a heck of a holiday. Christmas Eve was on a Friday, so people sloped off at midday, knowing that because Christmas Day was on a Saturday and Boxing Day the Sunday, that meant they could have Monday and Tuesday off.  Did many people go back to work on Wednesday in Blighty? No way. New Year’s Eve was on the Friday so people that could took a couple of days off, knowing that because New Year’s Day was a Bank Holiday, they’d have Monday off too. Oh, and in Scotland New Year's Day was always a Bank Holiday, so that meant when England decided to declare it a Bank Holiday, Scotland got two. Bugger to find a plumber over the holiday period,  though but.

Sorry for the long preamble. It just meant that getting together a full Sandy Bridge rig together over this period was practically bloody impossible.  Dirk Skuan and Matthew Finnegan to the rescue.

I decided to email Paul Otellini, CEO of the Intel Corporation, because the embargo dates shifted like, er, shifting sands.

Do you know, to his credit, he emailed me back. Otellini said: “I am sorry for the inconvenience. The PR team made a recommendation to go early to get out ahead of some other announcements that were being pre-loaded into the CES flow.”

Do you think that Steve Jobs of Apple would have replied to an email from a scum hack like me?

Anyway, the official Sandy Bridge announcement is I think tomorrow, in Lost Wages. We will be there to cover it. Although now there is precious little to cover as the reviewers have kind of covered it all. Our Sandy Breeches review is here. Is Intel after the double bubble? Where's George Alfs when you need him?!?

We will take our time now over the full in-depth review. Er, has anyone got AMD Fusion samples yet? And if not, why exactly not?!?