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Intel's "Bearlake" chipset
Next year's Intel chipset makes an appearance

Intel's most recent desktop roadmap has a new chipset edition, BearlakeBearlake is the next generation family of Northbridges, designed to replace the Q965, P965 and G965 Broadwater chipset family.  Intel has no chipset on its roadmap to replace i975X.

Like the upcoming 965 family slated for release this July, Bearlake will come in three flavors: "Q," "P" and "G."  "Q" will be the stable mid-to-low end series, "P" will be the mid-to-high end series and "G" will be the integrated graphics core.

Intel's roadmap claims Bearlake will support a 1333MHz front side bus, and all current and future Core processors.  Intel's roadmaps made similar claims that the 915, 925, 945, 955 and 975 chipsets would support all Netburst processors when those chipsets were announced.  Conroe, although not a Netburst-based CPU, does not work for these chipsets without a different VRM. 

Bearlake will also ship with an updated ICH Southbridge, ICH 9.  The estimated ship date for Bearlake is about a year from now.  Intel isn't talking specifics yet about the new chipset, though at the recent Intel Developer Forum, Intel had talked about the Snowgrass platform -- NAND for the motherboard.  The mobile version of Snowgrass, dubbed Crestline, is slated to appear in notebooks about the same time as the Bearlake launch, so it would seem probable to expect Bearlake to use such technology.

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So Conroe has a new platform?
By PLaYaHaTeD on 5/26/2006 1:32:08 PM , Rating: 2
I was under the impression that conroe would not have a new platform, but this roadmap shows the 965 coming out in Q3. What performance enhancement does this new chipset have over the current generation?

RE: So Conroe has a new platform?
By shadowzz on 5/26/2006 1:49:40 PM , Rating: 2
RE: So Conroe has a new platform?
By Thorburn on 5/26/2006 2:36:00 PM , Rating: 2
965 and 975 both support Core 2 Duo.
Old design 975 board's won't due to voltage regulation requirements, all 965's will.

RE: So Conroe has a new platform?
By PLaYaHaTeD on 5/26/2006 4:08:14 PM , Rating: 2
do you mean 865? 965 isnt out yet and 975 doesnt exist

RE: So Conroe has a new platform?
By Thorburn on 5/26/2006 4:50:40 PM , Rating: 2
965 never said its out, just that all boards based on it will support Conroe. :)
865, well there is one Asrock board that claims to support Conroe.
975 was released start of 2006, same time as the Pentium Extreme Edition 955.

*Sigh* my therapist warned me about this....
By shecknoscopy on 5/26/2006 12:52:02 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone else read this as beer lake? I was so excited!

By Garreye on 5/26/2006 1:40:30 PM , Rating: 2
haha I certaintly did. I think Intel should actually change all there code names to things related to beer, that way we could remember them better!

RE: *Sigh* my therapist warned me about this....
By Hare on 5/26/2006 2:01:43 PM , Rating: 2
Nope, but then again... I'm finnish... ;)

By Nobody Else on 5/26/2006 2:30:05 PM , Rating: 2
Yup. I'm done too.


By stephenbrooks on 5/26/2006 2:31:38 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I did too. :D

Any news of other enhancments
By hstewarth on 5/26/2006 1:01:19 PM , Rating: 2
I am curius if any other news of enhancments. like specific if the FB-Dimm ram will also be available the desktop so that more memory and faster memory access can be achieve on the desktop.

Also if this is chipset required for Quad cores and 1333Mhz Extreme editon?

By Thorburn on 5/26/2006 2:34:34 PM , Rating: 2
Q designates a part under the stable image platform, buy one of these at launch and then another 6 months down the line and you can guarentee they'll be the same unless there are any very serious issues found.

By Eraldo yume o on 5/27/2006 5:47:16 PM , Rating: 2
g965: + VMR + MRT + MPEG-2 video encode +SLI (GeForce 7300 Models) or/and CrossFire (ATI 1300 Models) + Dedicated branch execution + high resolution texture suport (up to 4k x 4k) + thread size 4x4 (16pixels) + 10-bit or 12-bit display engine + micro-threading memory controller + support DDR3 800 + fsb 1333MHz = hahaha

Core 2 Duo FSB 128bit "un-ganging mode":
dynamically reconfigure during operation - virtual channels - 32bit+32bit+32bit+32bit/ 64bit+32bit+32bit/ 96bit+32bit/ 128bit.

FSB 266Mhz 128bit ==>17GB/s
FSB 333Mhz 128bit ==>21,2GB/s

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