Asus readies Intel P965 motherboards
Intel isn't expected to take the wraps off its desktop Core 2 Duo
processors until the latter part of this
, but Asus is already gearing
up to release
its first motherboards based on Intel's new P965 Express core logic
aimed at the
upcoming chips. Dubbed P5B and P5B Deluxe WiFi-AP, the Asus boards both
sport LGA775 sockets, support for 533 MHz, 800 MHz, or 1,066 MHz front-side
bus speeds, and four DIMM slots capable of handling a whopping 8 GB
of 800 MHz DDR2 memory.
The P5B Deluxe
WiFi-AP is the fancier model; it features built-in 802.11b/g Wi-Fi,
two PCI Express graphics slots (one has only has four
PCI-E lanes), and eight 300 MB/s Serial ATA ports, including one
external eSATA port. The vanilla P5B trades the Deluxe
model's extra PCI-E x16 slot for two x1 slots. It also loses two Serial
ATA ports and lacks onboard Wi-Fi.
The Register says both boards should ship "later this month." Asus
doesn't seem to have announced prices just yet, though.