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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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Staying on top...
By jbzx86 on 10/26/2007 12:42:51 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, why doesn't Intel just create a modular motherboard where the chipset would be upgradeable? Expecting consumers to upgrade every 6 months is hardcore. Alas, I submit that this is the price we pay to stay on the cutting edge of technology...

RE: Staying on top...
By surt on 10/26/2007 1:10:36 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think intel expects everyone to upgrade every 6 months. Really, you won't get more than a 20% speedup, max, from upgrading.

Intel releases new products to make sure they stay competitive with AMD, and that's pretty much all there is to it. When a platform offers enough new features to you to be worth the money, then you upgrade.

RE: Staying on top...
By JonnyDough on 10/27/2007 5:29:13 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah, especially when motherboard manufacturers are almost all switching over to solid aluminum capacitors...the mobos of today are a lot better than those of previous years. You'd think they'd make some components optional and more components upgradeable. OEM's like Dell get to do this with their motherboards...even leaving off a PCI slot where there could be one just to save $.05 It would be really nice to see a well designed motherboard with options...wouldn't that be beautiful? We could even choose what PCI-E slot colors we wanted. Customization of cases is here, why not make motherboard customization a bit easier to do? I'm not asking to give me control over bios design...just the chips and so on. Why pay for 4 slots of ram if you're only going to use 2? Can't we add on the other slots later?

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