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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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RE: What more do you need?
By RubberJohnny on 11/17/2009 7:41:13 PM , Rating: 2
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It's always been true that CPU speed is preferable to more cores for games, and I can't see this changing for a few years yet.
Sorry, but things have already changed. Time to stop flogging that old horse.
According to http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-balanced...
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the Radeon HD 4870 X2 and all three Nvidia GeForce cards still often required a quad-core processor, such as the Core 2 Quad Q9550, to be balanced in these games...
I wasn't expecting such a great article from Toms, but what it shows is that a core2 quad @ 2.8ghz beats a core2 dual @ 3ghz everytime! (same cache sizes BTW) and obviously games are only going more threaded in the future. Currently i'd only choose a dual over a quad in a budget gaming rig.


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