Intel X48 only advantage is 1600MHz FSB support?

Posted on Sunday, Oct 28 2007 @ 00:20 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
DailyTech received a memo from Intel which indicates the X48 has been added to the firm's roadmap:
The Intel X48 chipset features support for Intel Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, and Core 2 Extreme processors. In additon, the chipset also supports Intel's Wolfdale and Yorkfield processors, which are yet to be released.

For those of you who have been paying attention, you'll notice that all of the features named so far are also present on Intel's X38 chipset. In fact, the only real new feature that the Intel X48 comes with is support for 1600MHz front side bus. As of right now, Intel doesn't plan for any other new features.

Intel previously launched its X38 chipset on October 10, 2007. The chipset had been delayed a number of times due to manufacturer support. As of right now, availability of Intel X38-based boards is still scarce.

Those looking to purchase Intel's 1600 MHz front-side bus 45nm Penryn processors in November will have to use a server-based platform, Skulltrail, to take full advantage of the increased bus speed.

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Re: Intel X48 only advantage is 1600MHz FSB support?
by Anonymous on Sunday, Oct 28 2007 @ 00:35 CEST
Yep, and worse, it's a dead end product. Nehalem comes with a built in mem controller so you are talking new socket, entirely different chipset design and more. So you pay through the nose for a high end product that is the end of the road after this one cpu...