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Intel's X38 refresh appears on its latest roadmaps

A memo forwarded to DailyTech reveals that Intel's X48 chipset has been added to the company's roadmap. The X48 is an updated version of Intel's X38 chipset, which was released by Intel a little over two weeks ago.

The Intel X48 chipset features support for Intel Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, and Core 2 Extreme processors. In additon, the chipset also supports Intel's Wolfdale and Yorkfield processors, which are yet to be released.

For those of you who have been paying attention, you'll notice that all of the features named so far are also present on Intel's X38 chipset. In fact, the only real new feature that the Intel X48 comes with is support for 1600MHz front side bus. As of right now, Intel doesn't plan for any other new features.

Intel previously launched its X38 chipset on October 10, 2007. The chipset had been delayed a number of times due to manufacturer support. As of right now, availability of Intel X38-based boards is still scarce.

Those looking to purchase Intel's 1600 MHz front-side bus 45nm Penryn processors in November will have to use a server-based platform, Skulltrail, to take full advantage of the increased bus speed.

Intel has so far not set a solid NDA-lift date for its X48 chipset other than the vague indication that the chipset will be announced in Q1 2008.

After the X48 launch, the company will also release two last LGA775 chipsets: P45 and G45, in Q2 2008.  These chipsets will feature Intel's updated southbridge (ICH10) and support for 1600 MHz front-side bus.  However, these new chips are not compatible with LGA1366 Nehalem desktop processors, which are slated for release in Q4 2008.


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RE: Intel keeping to their 6month turn around
By kileil on 10/26/2007 11:07:19 AM , Rating: 5
The X48 is an updated version of Intel's X38 chipset, which was released by Intel a little over two weeks ago.

I love it when my ordered gear is out-dated by the time UPS chucks it at my doorstep.


RE: Intel keeping to their 6month turn around
By retrospooty on 10/26/2007 11:40:27 AM , Rating: 2
Its not, same chipset, just clocked higher. A very mildly overclocked X38=X48. If you arent in to overclocking and are just buying an X48 and a matching 400mhz bus CPU for $1200+ dollars when released you are nutz.


RE: Intel keeping to their 6month turn around
By gramboh on 10/26/2007 1:20:56 PM , Rating: 2
It would only matter if you are running stock on a 1600FSB CPU I guess. My P965 board (P5B-Deluxe) that came out in Summer 2006 can run a 1600 FSB without issue (quad pumped 400MHz).


By retrospooty on 10/26/2007 1:59:46 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. My DFI P35 is running at 2000FSB (C2D 6750 at 8x500=4ghz) without the chipset even getting hot, and I live in Az.


RE: Intel keeping to their 6month turn around
By JAB on 10/26/2007 11:44:48 AM , Rating: 2
That is part of the plan though isnt it? Constant upgrades.

The only real difference is official support for the higher FSB and memory and a few minor improvements more of a minor revision than a new chipset. There will be plenty of people upgrading because of it though sadly enough. I wish I had the money and time to keep up.


By cheetah2k on 10/28/2007 10:55:16 PM , Rating: 2
Intel really want to push this "upgrade" scenerio to the limit...

Right now, I have to feel for the Motherboard manufacturers. Certainly on the Intel platform, gone are the days of the chipsets that could last 8-12 months without production changes

I would guess that with so many chipset and SKU changes, the likes of Asus, Gigabyte, etc will have to be selling less of each product. This may also drive the prices up even further on enthuisast mobos due to an even shorter production run.

I also conclude that companies providing chipsets like Nvidia (using the 680i as an example) will be trying to milk that platform for as long as they can, all the while Intel will probably have 4-5 chipset changes to Nvidia's 1.

On the Intel platform nowdays, we, the consumer, can no longer laugh about that saying "my PC is already old tech - 2-3 months after buying it". This is definately the hard fact of the matter for those wanting the latest and greatest...


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