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Intel G33 Express powered motherboard spotted

Intel expects to launch two integrated graphics equipped Bearlake chipsets – the G35 and G33 Express. Intel G33 Express-based motherboards are currently sampling and expected to launch next quarter with the P35 Express.

Motherboards based on Intel’s G33 Express will support upcoming Yorkfield and Wolfdale 45nm processors. Processors with front-side buses up to 1333 MHz are supported with G33 Express based motherboards. As with the Intel P35 Express, the G33 Express supports either DDR3-1066 or DDR2-800 memory.

The integrated graphics core inside the G33 Express will be similar to the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3000 found in the current G965. Intel Clear Video Technology will remain on the G33 Express graphics core as with the G965.

With Intel Clear Video Technology, the G33 Express is able to perform MPEG2 decoding, de-interlacing and video scaling in hardware. Motherboard manufactures are also able to integrate HDMI or DVI outputs with the available SDVO connection.

Early Intel G33 Express motherboards have been spotted; however, they appear to be on the value end of the spectrum. The motherboard pairs the G33 Express with the ICH9 in a micro-ATX form factor.

Unlike the previously spotted Intel P35 Express motherboard, this G33 Express motherboard only supports DDR2 memory. Four DDR2 memory slots are available for DDR2-667/800 MHz up to 8GB.

Expansion capabilities are typical for a micro-ATX motherboard with one PCIe x16, one PCIe x1 and two PCI slots. Other notable features include high-definition eight-channel audio, 12 USB 2.0 ports, four SATA 3.0Gbps connectors and Gigabit Ethernet.

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By Hyperlite on 2/21/2007 7:09:53 AM , Rating: 2
wait so why doesn't that sample support DDR3? was it an intel engineering sample or was it from a manufacturer?

RE: .
By Master Kenobi on 2/21/2007 7:59:53 AM , Rating: 3
Only the G35 "Enthusiast" line will support DDR3. Everyone else is locked to DDR2. This helps them get DDR3 capability into the market without hosing everyone in the process.

RE: .
By Master Kenobi on 2/21/2007 8:00:42 AM , Rating: 2
Correction, should be only the P35. I gotta get more coffee.

By FightingChance on 2/21/2007 12:25:09 PM , Rating: 2
It looks like, at least on this sample, that the LPT and PS/2 ports survive, which I am a little disappointed about. I'd really like to see some legacy luggage dropped off the PC platform sometime soon.

RE: legacy
By xantis on 2/21/2007 3:28:46 PM , Rating: 2
from the looks of the boards it looks like it's aimed at the office kind low-end, which use those ports.
though trught be said i perfer ps/2 port for mouse and keyboard over wasting usbs with them.. as for the paralel port it could go :P

ugly mobo
By ProxyOne on 2/21/2007 12:01:12 PM , Rating: 1
That is one ugly motherboard! Never before have I been so appalled by the appearance of a motherboard. I understand it's just an engineering sample, but still...

RE: ugly mobo
By zsdersw on 2/21/2007 12:12:56 PM , Rating: 2
I suspect that isn't even on the radar screen of the primary market for this board.

.. and even among enthusiasts, the color of the motherboard is far from a deal-breaker.

X3000 is cool...
By therealnickdanger on 2/21/2007 10:32:38 AM , Rating: 2
They just need a driver that works! Odd that Intel would release such a promising IGP with a generic software driver. I have read posts that the latest beta can run UT2K4 maxed out at over 40fps average, so hopefully we'll get something soon...

I would buy
By Combatcolin on 2/21/2007 9:48:07 PM , Rating: 2
Really interested in something like this, a decent turn of speed from the built in GPU will cut the cost of buying a PCI E card up front and will also give me the option to upgrade later on.

Combine the higher spec board with the new 1.86 MHz 4MB cache CD2 and i'll be very happy.

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