Some P965 boards to support Kentsfield?
Word has it over in Hong Kong that Intel's P965 Express chipset will
have no trouble supporting quad-core Kentsfield processors
hit store shelves next quarter. However, actual motherboard
compatibility may vary. According to HKEPC, Kentsfield support mandates
certain voltage regulators and voltage dividers that aren't included in
all existing P965 motherboards. Some P965 mobos that are based on
previous 975X designs are reportedly kosher, but users will probably
want to double-check compatibility with their motherboard manufacturers.
Still, the prospect of Kentsfield-ready P965 motherboards may be quite
attractive to those planning to hop onto the quad-core bandwagon without
coughing up $200-300 for an upscale 975X board. Since Kentsfield will
supposedly launch with a $999 price
tag, though, breaking the bank may be an inevitable side-effect of
early quad-core adoption.