The chipset supports both Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge CPUs, meaning the pin count remains the same, 1155. SATA 6 Gb/s is also available and let's hope that they won't mess it up this time around. Intel rapid storage technology is also on board, as well as PCIe 2.0 at 5 GT/s. The chipset supports three independent displays including HDMI 1.4 and Display port 1.1 support. This smells like 3D movie support to us.
Both old USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 are here and this is something that we are missing from current P67 and H67 boards. The future platform will chance things in very early 2012. Of course, the Panther Point chipset supports both mobile and desktop platforms so it is up to you to chose which machine you want to upgrade.
Intel Panther Point chipset to offer USB 3.0
Posted on Thursday, Apr 07 2011 @ 22:09 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck