Today Intel officially lifted the curtain on their new high-end X38 Express desktop chipset, normally it would be after this point that we finally get a real taste of the performance and features on tap, but with X38 we were lucky enough to get plenty of treats here and there well before this official unveiling today thanks to all the early coverage surfacing on hardware review websites in the last 3/4 weeks in particular.
Nonetheless, to coincide with the official release is a bunch of fresh coverage floating around on the web; You can check it out via the below links to see if X38 will be your next upgrade path :-
No doubt we'll now begin to see several press releases being distributed from motherboard makers showing off their variants based on X38. I'll bring them to you as they come in folks.
Back in May, Intel launched the P35 Express chipset, a replacement for its popular 965P. Classified as a mid-range product, the P35 added official support for front-side bus speeds up to 1333MHz, came bundled with a new ICH9R south bridge chip, and became the first desktop chipset to support DDR3 memory. Enthusiasts lapped it up, and in the months since, we've seen a wave of P35 motherboards that offer great performance and tantalizing overclocking potential.
Intel's mid-range chipsets have traditionally been excellent, so the P35's success wasn't a surprise. That success also raised expectations for Intel's new high-end core logic chipset: the X38 Express. This isn't a new trend; the all-around goodness typical of Intel's mid-range chipsets has long made it difficult for the company's flagship offerings to shine.
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