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Also USB 3.0 and 6Gb/s SATA support

We are on the eve of Intel's 32nm High-K Metal Gate CPU product launch. The first chips in the Westmere family will be low-cost 32nm dual core Clarkdale CPUs integrating a 45nm graphics die on the same package. They will be marketed as Core i3 CPUs for budget-conscious consumers.

While the P55 chipsets have been paired with the Core i5 CPUs, that platform is designed for the mainstream performance market. It can support Core i3 CPUs, but won't be able to take advantage of the integrated graphics.

The majority of Core i3 buyers will be looking for a low cost system using integrated graphics, but still has features that make it a worthwhile upgrade.

DailyTech has received information on the P7H57D-V EVO, which will be ASUS' premium motherboard for Core i3 builders. It has routing for the Flexible Display Interface, which will allow the use of integrated graphics through HDMI, DVI, or VGA outputs.

ASUS was the first motherboard manufacturer to ship boards with support for USB 3.0 and 6Gb/s SATA, and the P7H57D-V EVO will continue that trend. Both of these interfaces have significantly increased speeds that will keep them relevant well into the next decade, despite Intel's delayed integration of the new standards into their chipsets.

There are two 6 Gb/s SATA ports (in white), as well as six 3 Gb/s SATA ports on the side. Two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports (in blue) are added to the fourteen USB 2.0 ports normally found. ASUS is using the same PLX chip as in their previous offerings: the P7P55D-E-Premium using Intel's P55 chipset and the P6X58D Premium built on the X58 chipset.

Information on the launch date and pricing of the P7H57D-V EVO is not yet available.

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almost everything i want in my next system...
By riottime on 11/17/2009 6:48:34 AM , Rating: 2
new usb 3.0 and new sata checked. now all i need is for them to release the 6-core i9 cpus and i'm set. :D

RE: almost everything i want in my next system...
By just4U on 11/17/2009 12:07:54 PM , Rating: 2
Won't the six core cpu's be socket 1366 only? That's what I had heard, so you'd need them to to come out with a new X58 board as well.

By chunkymonster on 12/2/2009 12:25:24 PM , Rating: 2
No, the i9 six-core is drop in compatible with existing Skt1366 mobos, presumably with only a BIOS update. Of course this is assuming that your particular mobo maker releases a BIOS update. I do not believe there are the power plane issues with the X58 chipset as previously experienced with upgrading from 65nm processors to 45nm as with the X38 and X48 chipsets.

Given that Intel announced socket compatible upgrades with the release of the X58 and Skt1366, most mobo makers knew that the i9 would be a drop in upgrade from i7 and planned/produced motherboards accordingly.

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