Anyone looking at building a new desktop system should not look any further
than Intel Core 2 processors, and when time comes to pick a platform you
should have Intel's own P35 chipset in mind as it officially offers 1333MHz
FSB support and will be compatible with upcoming 45nm processors. This
translates in a fairly 'future-proof' platform, with some models currently
available supporting DDR3 memory already. But as new as this chipset is,
deciding that you want a P35-based motherboard is not enough. Most major
manufacturers have already launched several different models powered by the
chipset, to give an example, ASUS currently offers a dozen motherboards
models all based on the Intel P35.
We have rounded up some of the better examples available for one big article
where we shall compare them side by side. Although we have nine motherboards
to compare, they come from just four different manufacturers: Abit, ASUS,
ECS and Gigabyte. These boards range from $90, all the way up to $230.