Moreover, the P35 has proven an extremely impressive performer at both stock and overclocked settings. But what about performance? Both the X38 and X48 are guaranteed to be toast in Firstly, Intel claims it delivers improvements to memory performance courtesy of a revised memory snoop feature. At the very least that makes them excellent candidates for overclocking enthusiasts. So the QX needs a new chipset, or at least a new north bridge, which is where the X48 Express comes in. What’s more, the X38 retains support for DDR2, giving both board makers and buyers the option to stick with more affordable DDR2 memory technology until DDR3 prices begin their final descent from the stratosphere.

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Record breaking performance numbers in all application types are what you can expect from any half decent X38 board. Voldenuit It’s nice of Krogoth to fill in for Chuckula over the holidays.

Gigabyte’s X48T-DQ6 is the first X48 offering to hit our labs, and in addition to packing Intel’s latest chipset, it comes with an innovative Dynamic Energy Saver chipwet designed to lower power consumption.

However, may not be long for this world Intel engages in a process called binning with its processors, sorting what are essentially identical chips based on the clock speeds at which they’re comfortable running.

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It even boasts an embedded Linux OS that offers a quickbooting alternative to Windows for light web browsing and even Skype telephony. Merry Christmas from The Tech Report staff!

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But whatever happens with the X48, one thing is for sure. The arrival of a new Intel motherboard chipset isn’t always a cause for much rejoicing. Our only chipxet involves that age-old Intel bugbear, memory bandwidth.

For Unbeatable performance Supports the latest Core 2 45nm chips Most boards will boast significant bus and memory clockspeed ovderclocking headroom.

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Both feature 32 second-generation PCI Express lanes, providing substantial bandwidth to not only single graphics cards, but also CrossFire configurations. Customize The Tech Report Steam names the best-selling games of So, why pay more for an Xpowered board?

About us Privacy policy Mailing list Mobile. The headline feature for PCIE 2. There’s no official word from Intel, but the scuttlebutt suggests it will be a minor revision that adds official support for MHz bus chips and DDR3 MHz memory.

That in turn means the effective bandwidth of a PCIE 2. However, depending on your motherboard, that top memory speed may only be available if you’re also running a MHz front-side bus. Despite falling DDR3 prices, the fact that the bottom has essentially dropped out of the DDR2 memory market makes for a tough sell. If that sounds familiar it’s because Nvidia’s EPP initiative is pretty much identical.

That said, both boards will support memory running much faster than that. In simple terms, memory snoop allows the caching of commonly requested data in the northbridge, thereby avoiding the need to fetch it from main memory. Unusually for Intel, its outgoing high end chipset, the X, was a seriously crusty old critter.

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That strikes us as particularly petty on Nvidia’s part, and while it blunts some of the X48’s appeal, CrossFire chilset matured into a viable and in some cases preferable alternative to SLI.

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At the very least that makes them excellent candidates for overclocking enthusiasts. With this faster bus, the X48 looks poised to supplant its predecessor atop Intel’s chipset lineup, which means a new wave of motherboards is coming from all the usual suspects. The P35 only officially tangos with the cooking versions of Intel’s new 45nm Core 2 chips.

Making matters worse, the release of its latest mainstream chipset, the P35, left the X cjipset even more pointless and outdated. What’s more, chipaet X38 x38/z48 support for DDR2, giving both board makers and buyers the option to stick with more affordable DDR2 memory technology until DDR3 prices begin their final descent from the stratosphere.

The X48 Express north bridge chip cap. However, Nvidia prefers to keep tight control on its competing SLI platform. Neutronbeam Zak, you know you can’t validate any of the above details without first throwing Actually, the Asus is a bit of a stunner all round.

Hardly a secret, the ICH9R shows up at the south bridge. In combination with Intel’s new QX quad-core monster, the Asus in particular is a bit of a stunner.