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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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RE: Might not be the best move...
By Assimilator87 on 2/12/2007 11:26:50 PM , Rating: 2
I would guess that DDR3 would be able to overclock far higher than DDR2 at introduction. Think about how aggressively binned the very best DDR2 modules are. They basically top out at 1333Mhz. Now consider that DDR3 is starting out in 800Mhz, 1066Mhz, and possibly 1333Mhz at the very start of its life and it's supposed to run at much lower voltages. Crank up the voltage a little bit and I'm sure something like 1.5Ghz wouldn't be far off. Of course, that's all speculation at this point. Hopefully the yields will be good enough to make my inference true.


By kenji4life on 2/13/2007 11:30:51 AM , Rating: 2
While this is true, don't forget about the difference in latency. We haven't even seen a huge drop in latency for DDR2 yet. Don't forget that there was a much longer time period between DDR and DDR2.


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