Intel pulled the launch of the X38 chipset forward to September 9/10th but according to a report from TweakTown the chip giant wasn't able to meet this launch date. So Intel decided to push the launch of the X38 back to September 23/24th, as it was initially intended.
However, this isn't really a problem for enthusiasts as motherboard makers already have some X38 stock and it's expected that the first X38 motherboards will already be available within a couple of days.
This is very much akin with the P35 launch, as boards were available to purchase a good two to three weeks before the official launch at Computex in June this year. It seems strange that Intel allows this, but no-one is going to be sad if they can buy a board based on a new chipset before it has been officially announced.
X38 based boards won’t be cheap though, most should cost well over US$200, although this will of course depend on the features. We’ve already shown you some sneak peeks of some of the upcoming boards and we’ve got more coming for you. It looks like the motherboard manufacturers are quite excited about the X38 chipset, but even more so the makers of DDR3 memory chips and modules, since it seems like everyone is more or less pulling DDR2 support from their X38 boards.
We’d expect to see some DDR2 boards appearing after the initial launch, but these are unlikely to perform as well, since it seems like the memory controller won’t be handling DDR2 as well as it does DDR3.