Intel Prepares X38 Express Launch
Anh Tuan Huynh
August 15, 2007 8:00 PM
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MSI X38 Diamond
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
family, which saw its initial debut with the
variants last June. Intel’s X38 Express succeeds the
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
and held out for
Intel’s X38 Express introduces
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
. 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
and DDR2 or dedicated DDR2 supporting motherboards.
Expect motherboards based on the Intel X38 Express to pop up in retail next month.
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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3 chip chipset?
8/16/2007 7:42:02 AM
I see 3 heat sinks on this board, 2 of them are where you'd normally find a solitary SB. Any idea what the 3rd one is for? Perhaps an external IDE contoller? Certainly seems like a very complex solution if that is the case, meaning this board will never be cheap.
RE: 3 chip chipset?
8/16/2007 10:43:46 AM
Some of ASUS' P35 boards have another chip near the slots to aid in handling the PCI-E requirements of Crossfire (circumventing the P35 limitation). Somehow, the ASUS chip turns the x16/x4 configuration to x8/x8. Perhaps Intel is using a similar method to achieve x16/x16. Just a guess.
RE: 3 chip chipset?
8/16/2007 1:18:51 PM
It's probably an integrated X-Fi. None of the other X38 Express boards have the third heatsink.
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