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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RE: meh ...
8/16/2007 8:32:13 AM
DDR3? why not stick with DDR2? it's the same performance.
The performance of having one of the new 1800 MHz DDR3 modules blows away DDR2 performance, if you have money to invest in it. Soon even higher MHz. models will be pushing the performance even higher.
I think it is pretty arrogant to state that it is an insignificant improvement.
If you don't believe me, check out the benchmarks:
Remember, this is enthusiast stuff, if you are paying 300 dollars for a motherboard, you are probably and enthusiast and care about OC'ing and framerates, which DDR3 will greatly improve. Of course you need to pair it with a powerful processor and video card, but why would you not, if you were spending so much???
"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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