Intel X38 Express Chipset Surfaces Page: 1
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Intel's 975X Expess gets the "Bearlake" upgrade

Yesterday we brought you the news of DFI' X38 based motherboard currently on show at Computex 2007. Now if the DFI's highly tweakable BIOS isn't really your thing in the persuit of overclocking Nirvana, or you simply want to minimise the frustration then ASUS, Biostar, Gigabyte, Intel and MSI can provide an alternative.

The new Intel X38 Express replaces the 975X Express, which launched over a year ago with Intel’s Presler Netburst processors. The new chipset introduces new features to Intel’s high-end enthusiast and workstation platform such as PCIE 2.0 and DDR3 memory.

New to the Intel X38 Express is support for dual full-speed PCIe 2.0 x16 slots. The dual PCIe 2.0 slots are compatible with AMD’s CrossFire technology for multi-GPU graphics processing. Motherboard manufacturers are also free to equip Intel X38 Express based boards with a third physical PCIe 2.0 x16 for triple-play physics. Due to chipset limitations, the third physical PCIe 2.0 x16 slot has lesser lanes, with most manufacturers opting for four lanes.

DDR3 is the only officially supported memory for the Intel X38 Express. Intel touts DDR3-1333 memory for X38 Express motherboards. DDR2 memory support has been removed officially from the X38 Express, however, the memory controller can still function with DDR2, just without Intel validation. The DFI LANParty X38-T2R will pair DDR2 support with the Intel X38 Express chipset.

The Intel X38 Express also supports upcoming Intel Penryn-family dual and quad-core processors with front-side buses up to 1333 MHz.

Gigabyte and DFI will be providing two X38 based motherboards a-piece. The differences between the two are reportedly to do with memory support - one will offer DDR2 support and the other DDR3 respectively.

ASUS P5E3 WS Professional
ASUS P5E3 WS Professional

MSI X38 Diamond
MSI X38 Diamond

Biostar TX38D3-A7 Deluxe

Gigabyte GA-X38T-DQ6
Gigabyte GA-X38T-DQ6

Intel 'Bonetrail'
Intel DX38BT "Bonetrail"
Additional motherboard details can be found here

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