It is completely underwhelming to what it is replacing.
I fail to see how it is completely underwhelming. I know very little about market trends, but I can say the reasons I chose it instead of an older P965.
1333Mhz is a 100% marketing gimmick. P965 had "unofficial" 1333Mhz since its depute.
Sure, P965 had an unofficial 1333MHz, but I don't overclock, nor would I want to ATM. I'd prefer to buy a Penryn family processor with true 1333MHz with a true 1333MHz FSB than gamble my skills with overclocking and killing my components. Seeing as the P35 is not the enthusiast motherboard it probably isn't a problem. IIRC the X38 is the one targeted at enthusiasts, of which I have absolutely no info on.
DDR3 has no advantage for desktop platforms, while it carries a hefty premium.
I agree it has no advantage... for now. As was the case with DDR2. Once the timings get better and the clocks get higher, everyone will be using DDR3 on the boards and the prices will drop. That's why I'm hesitant on buying this board. I said the same thing 3 years ago when I bought my D865PERL, then everyone moved onto DDR2 while I was stuck with DDR1.
P3x series has no full 16x/16x PCIe slots like Nforce 680 and AMD's 690.
The P35 board that I posted, DP35DPM
, has a single x16 slot and four x1 slots... Unless I'm completely getting what you posted wrong.
Also, I can understand the PCIe situation for the board I chose. Nvidia doesn't allow anything but an Nvidia board to have SLI, and Crossfire is an AMD tech now. So how can Intel support either?
One last thing, what is the main difference between my D865PERL and a P965? CPU architecture, FSB speed, New RAM type, new GPU connection standard. The only thing that the P35 is missing is the GPU connection standard.
Nobody answered my question about Quad Core though... is it worth supporting for the future?