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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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By hellokeith on 10/26/2007 11:17:59 AM , Rating: 2
The DP35DP is Intel's latest board. I've always purchased Intel boards because of their rock-solid no-worry stability. I'm way overdue for a new PC, but all this X48 talk has me cautious about buying a board right now.

By bdewong on 10/26/2007 1:43:01 PM , Rating: 1
I just bought this board and it does seem very stable. The latest bios also allow for memory configuration.
But there are a few things I dislike about the board, mainly the lack of PS2 ports. It also lacks any overclocking features for the CPU.
Good things about it are that is has more SATA ports than you will ever need and onboard RAID 0/1/5, esata, optical audio.
For the price, I think there is better and just as stable options.

By BansheeX on 10/26/2007 1:52:11 PM , Rating: 2
And when should mobos finally get rid of legacy connections? 2016? 2050? Never? Buy a USB mouse and keyboard and GET OVER IT.

By Spivonious on 10/26/2007 3:51:36 PM , Rating: 2
I still have my trusty PS/2 keyboard and it works fine. What does upgrading to a USB one get me? Absolutely nothing, except for one more used USB port.

By xsilver on 10/27/2007 1:48:32 AM , Rating: 3
on a p35 chipset board you have 10 usb ports.

1) mouse
2) keyboard
3) printer
4) card reader?
5) gamepad/joystick?
6) usb tv remote?
7) usb wireless card?
8) usb memory stick?
9) usb toothbrush?
10) usb hamster wheel?

x38 chipset I think actually has 12 usb ports too.
and about legacy keyboard use, there is an option to enable usb keyboard support in dos via the bios.

By Spivonious on 11/2/2007 3:24:45 PM , Rating: 2
So I should upgrade simply because the port is there? I know it's only $5 for a keyboard, but I'd rather get a bite to eat at McDonald's than needlessly replace something.

By Xerstead on 10/26/2007 8:06:56 PM , Rating: 1
And if you get problems with booting Windows? You'll need that ps2 mouse/keyboard to get it working again.

By Haltech on 10/26/2007 11:25:27 PM , Rating: 2
they do make usb to ps/2 cables just in case

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