Intel Bearlake has unofficial Pentium 4 and Pentium D support

Posted on Thursday, Jan 11 2007 @ 20:20 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
It won't be official but according to VR-Zone the Intel Bearlake chipsets will have unofficial support for Pentium 4 and Pentium D processors:
Intel wants to push consumers to opt for Core architecture instead which is a natural thing to do since Intel is going to discontinue Netburst CPUs first half of this year. It is unclear how Intel is going cut off the support for Netburst CPUs on Bearlake chipsets but we think it is probably through the BIOS and the motherboard power circuitry design.

Intel set the FMB guideline for boards based off G33, Q33, Q35 bearlake chipsets to meet 06A (65W) specs only therefore Intel Desktop boards like DG33FB, DQ35MP, DQ33BU will not be able to support Netburst CPUs as well as Quad-core processors and even Core 2 Extreme X6800 since it requires at least 75W. For Intel Desktop boards based off G35, P35 chipsets such as DP35DP and DG35AL, they will meet 05B (105W/95W) specs therefore Quad-core processors are supported.

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Re: Intel Bearlake has unofficial Pentium 4 and Pentium D support
by Anonymous on Friday, Jan 12 2007 @ 00:27 CET
Who needs the P4 and Pentium D when you can get those fine Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad processors.