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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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hello HTPC
By Jeffk464 on 11/17/2009 10:21:11 PM , Rating: 2
Can't wait to get one of these buggers. It needs to be micro ATX for my HTPC though. When is the release date on the i3?




RE: hello HTPC
By chunkymonster on 12/2/2009 12:31:59 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed! Am looking forward to seeing the performance specs of the integrated gpu. I'll take an HTPC powered by a gpu on die over an IGP any day providing it can push 1080p without issue.

The potential for power and heat reductions are tremendous. I just hope they are priced accordingly to a comparable processor and mobo with an IGP chipset. The new i3 with on die gpu and a motherboard should not cost (much) more than a low end dual core processor and mobo with integrated video.


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