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MSI X38 Diamond  (Source: MSI)
Expect Intel's high-end chipset to show up next month

Intel officially set its performance embargo on its upcoming X38 Express chipset for September 23. Motherboards based on the X38 Express chipset should show up in retail in early September, according to motherboard vendors. The September 23 non-disclosure lift date only applies to reviews and performance numbers for the X38 Express chipset. The situation will be similar to the P35 Express chipset launch, where motherboards were available before its Computex 2007 launch announcement and NDA lift date.

The new chipset is a member of the Bearlake family, which saw its initial debut with the G33 and P35 Express variants last June. Intel’s X38 Express succeeds the 975X Express that made its debut with Intel’s Pentium D Presler processors. Although the Intel 975X Express launched in late 2005, the chipset shared basics with Intel’s 945 and 955X Express chipset families. Intel decided not to refresh the 975X Express with a Broadwater variant and held out for Bearlake.

Intel’s X38 Express introduces PCIe 2.0 support to the LGA775 platform. PCIe 2.0 offers greater bandwidth over the existing PCIe standard – up to four gigatransfers per second, or GT/s, with the 20% encoding overhead accounted for. The chipset also supports dual full-speed PCIe x16 slots for ATI CrossFire multi-GPU technology. Intel guidance does not show any indication of support for NVIDIA's SLI Technology.

Officially, the Intel X38 Express chipset only supports DDR3 memory. However, motherboard vendors disagree and intend to release X38 Express based motherboards with DDR2 memory support. Motherboard manufacturers such as DFI, Foxconn, Gigabyte, MSI and others had DDR2-compatible X38 Express motherboards on display at Computex 2007. The DDR2-compatible solutions were either DDR3 and DDR2 or dedicated DDR2 supporting motherboards.

Expect motherboards based on the Intel X38 Express to pop up in retail next month. DailyTech estimates the cost of entry around $200 for a no-frills board and around $300 for boards that include a kitchen sink in the package. 


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By sirius4k on 8/16/2007 1:25:42 AM , Rating: 2
I was like yay... full 2x16 PCI-E 2.0 slots.. then went to WTF??? with CrossFire only.
Not for me :P

BTW.. What's with the 6 slots of memory? Does that broad support DDR2 and DDR3?
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I wish nVidia would come up with something new... with support of DDR2 AND DDR3 and PCI-E 2.0.

And for those who whine about new technology... STOP READING tech articles :)
Coz there's always something new that you woun't like ;)




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By larson0699 on 8/16/2007 3:57:44 AM , Rating: 2
You shouldn't dismiss a nice chipset like this on the sole premise of it not having SLI. If you're that into Nvidia, use one really powerful card.

Click the thumbnail of the motherboard. You can clearly see the difference in the position of notches in those DIMM sockets. YES, this board supports either type.

Nvidia WILL release something newer and better; they're not dumb. They won't wait for Intel to snatch their customers. I hate to say it (for fear of the "troll" bomb), but that's what AMD is for, especially after taking ATI. As of late they have overpromised and seriously underdelivered, which I think is just a scare tactic to wait for the next best thing from them (when they finally "get it right"). I don't see another K8-size revolution from them anytime soon.

As for whiners.. It's futile to try convincing someone not to be him/herself. Everyone needs his/her outlet, and for some that's here. You're the bigger person for NOT whining/flaming/trolling/FUD/etc. *because of* those who do. And by the laws of nature, there is always one to be had (along with the "yang", or those of us who balance them out). I think pride has something to do with how people spend their time here and elsewhere online, because I know I wouldn't say or do something without reasonable backing, pride being a part of that. And oh well that some are proud to complain. They give their two cents and then blip, out of the loop ("No X38 for me"). Don't hurt me none.
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RE: :|
By Etern205 on 8/16/2007 11:31:01 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, that board supports both DDR2 and DDR3.
If you look at the notches closely, you can see it's placed
in different positions. 2 slots for DDR3 and 4 slots for DDR2.


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