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Intel P35 Express powered motherboard spotted with DDR3 memory slots

Motherboards featuring the upcoming Intel P35 Express variant from the upcoming Bearlake-family desktop chipsets will be some of the first to support DDR3 memory.  Initial Intel roadmaps claimed that the first DDR3 support would come late 2007 if industry support caught on.

However, that doesn't mean Intel isn't getting its ducks in a row.  The company has already started sampling its DDR3 motherboards and several have leaked out into the channel already.

According to Intel guidance, the P35 chipset can feature DDR2 or DDR3 memory, but not both at the same time.  The leaked motherboard supports up to four sticks of DDR3 memory rated at 800 MHz or 1066 MHz.

It will also support up to a 1333 MHz front-side-bus on Socket T, also known as LGA775 processors. LGA775 processors supported by the upcoming P35 Express-based board include Intel Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad and Celeron 4xx-series.

There is no mention if previous Pentium 4, Pentium D and Celeron D processors for LGA775 remain supported on the new platform. Nevertheless, expect Intel to launch 1333 MHz front-side-bus Core 2 Duo E6x50-series later this year. Intel’s Core 2 Duo E6850 1333 MHz front-side-bus processor was spotted in the wild earlier this month.

Expect Intel to launch its Bearlake-family during its typical sunny seasons, in time for the back-to-school shoppers. Intel’s Bearlake-family will spawn five desktop variants. The variants include the integrated graphics endowed G33 & G35 Express, vPro platform Q33 & Q35 Express, mainstream P35 Express and performance oriented X38 Express. As always, expect Intel to launch a top-to-bottom lineup of Intel Desktop Boards featuring the Bearlake chipset-family.

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By Spartan Niner on 2/12/2007 6:35:01 PM , Rating: 2
My DDR1-based A64 is so obsolete... might be about time I save up for a DDR3/dual-core so I'll have a decent upgrade path later. AFAIC s939 is a dead-end, and AM2 will be no better soon enough. At least this route will leave quad-core (8 cores even?) as an upgrade option. The other thing I'm waiting for is AMD's new launch. I'm curious to see how the performance stacks up before I make my next purchase.

Here's to competition, may the consumer benefit! =)

By phaxmohdem on 2/12/2007 6:45:31 PM , Rating: 3
Anything you buy will be "obsolete" in a few months. As long as your rig does what it's supposed to who cares.

By lemonadesoda on 2/12/2007 7:39:47 PM , Rating: 2
DDR1 is still pretty fast! The memory bandwidth is BETTER than DDR2 per clock. The gain of DDR2 is the increased clock speeds.

If you have a lot of good quality DDR1, consider going Quad Core 2 Duo with an ASROCK Conroe865 board. While not as good as the best 965/975 boards, it will save you a lot of money on RAM. You can also use your AGP GPU. When DDR3 is mainstream... move your Core 2 Duo to the new board.

By outsider on 2/13/2007 1:39:53 AM , Rating: 2
What is he talking about? My 2.2GHz Socket 754 Athlon 64 screams trough anything other than system deadlocks. Yesterday I did some photoshopping on a Socket AM2 Turion X2 and may I be damned if I noticed any difference... except that the notebook fan turned on a lot more often.
People really have to disassociate normal PCs from benchmark PCs. On a benchmark, a Core 2 Quad will absolutely destroy my 3 year old Athlon 64. In real life, I couldn't wish more from my CPU.

By afkrotch on 2/13/2007 7:15:01 AM , Rating: 2
Try some multi-tasking. You'll quickly find out how inadequate your system is for such a daunting task. I have a dual screen setup. I have 10 season of Friends in a playlist that runs on one monitor, torrents downloading in the background, and I game on my other monitor. I do this quite often on my C2D. Tell me how your S754 64 handles the task. You'll get a very unfortunate surprise. Shoot, the damn thing doesn't even support dual channel memory.


Anyways, I'm all for DDR3. As long as it performs on par with current DDR2, then what do you really have to lose? Early adopters will get stuck with a higher price tag, but every early adopter knows that.

With Intel pushing for DDR3, more companies will start pushing the product and the technology will advance and performance will increase. During this time prices will start dropping for motherboards and the memory.

If Intel wasn't pushing new tech, we'd still be sitting on DDR1, LGA procs, AGP, PCI, dual cores, quad cores, and so on.

Shoot, after Intel stopped supportint PATA on their chipsets, more SATA optical drives started popping up.

By theapparition on 2/13/2007 7:48:10 AM , Rating: 2
Why I tend to agree with you that for a large percentage of people, the current level of computing technology is quite sufficient. Standard web browsing, email, word processing and listening to music any 4-5yo system will do quite nicely. This was one reason there still is a lot of talk about an "internet appliance" that would be cheap, instant on, and take care of these tasks.

However, we also see the increasing demands being placed on hardware with multitasking, HD content, and DX10 games. While not personally a big gamer, I love the advances in that field because it drives hardware perfomance increases for the entire industry. Personally, I do high end engineering work that requires a computer to spend anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to converge to a solution. Any increase in speed is a godsend.

By Aikouka on 2/13/2007 8:21:51 AM , Rating: 2
You probably didn't see as much of a difference as some of your other components are slower. You forget that you are using a laptop and components are typically reduced in speed to create higher longevity while off the plug. Also, just saying "I photoshopped" is like saying "I Maya'd" as we have no idea what you did! You'd most likely see the benefits in Photoshop when using plug-ins on rather large images.

Also, I own an Athlon 64 2800+ system, an Athlon 64 X2 4400+ system and a Core 2 Duo E6600 system and let me tell you... I can tell the difference between the first one and the last two. Although, my environments aren't great enough to give you exact figures (as the computers themselves are all upgrades... i.e. they don't really share similar configurations and each one is a step above the one before it).

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