‘Bearlake’ chipsets to lack Netburst support?

Recent rumors suggest that Intel will stick with its current LGA775 socket until next year, but the company may not strive to maintain compatibility between current LGA775 chips and future motherboards. According to a purported Intel document seen by HKEPC, future “Bearlake” chipsets will lack support for Netburst-based chips including the Pentium D, Pentium 4, and Celeron D 300 series. The chipsets will only support Core-based Core 2, Pentium E2000, and Celeron 400 processors.

Even among those CPUs, the document suggests compatibility won’t be universal. Quad-core Core 2 Extreme and Core 2 Quad processors will supposedly only work with Intel’s G35, P35, and X38 chipsets—half of the expected Bearlake lineup. As for Celeron 400-series processors, those won’t be supported by the high-end X38 chipset. That said, the move might encourage PC makers and system builders to build low-end systems around Core processors and not their slower and more power-hungry Netburst-based predecessors.

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    • albundy
    • 13 years ago

    dang, mistakenly read beerlake, as in a lake of beer.

      • Smurfer2
      • 13 years ago

      Keep dreaming. 🙂

    • Bauxite
    • 13 years ago

    I’m sure they will have a bunch of e4x00 style stuff for cheap by the time all the current chipsets are phased out, making it a non issue. Heck, maybe even some lame single core $30 celeron type crap.

      • Flying Fox
      • 13 years ago

      E2xxx and Celeron 400 (Conroe-L) are the “cheap” ones. The E4xxx is a short-term solution and will be EOL’ed at the end of the year.

    • d2brothe
    • 13 years ago

    Heh…I’m probably the only one who doesn’t like this move I suppose….I think it will limit upgrade options. Loosing netburst probably isn’t the worst, although you can pick them up cheap now, and they’re a good interim CPU till C2D gets cheap enough, by the time this replaces P965 they won’t be. But I don’t like loosing the upgrade path of cheap CPU -> high end CPU without upgrading my mobo.

    • Zenith
    • 13 years ago

    Ding dong the witch is dead!

    • TheDVDMan
    • 13 years ago

    Sweet.

    High end boards for high-end chips!

    • Proesterchen
    • 13 years ago

    I think I can hear my Celeron D 326 cry in its box. 😛

    • Flying Fox
    • 13 years ago

    Die Netbust Die!

    About time I say muhahha…

      • Lord.Blue
      • 13 years ago

      beat me to it!

    • Krogoth
    • 13 years ago

    Who cares, it is basically Intel saying “Netburst is dead”

      • Lord.Blue
      • 13 years ago

      and about time, too.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 13 years ago

    what’s the difference? Are the pins electrically different or something (much like the P3 coppermine – tulatin)

    Although it might cause confusion, I don’t think it’ll be a problem, as all enthusiasts who get a Bearlake aren’t going to be using a P4. And Joe somebody doesn’t build his own computer, so no problem there.

      • DaveJB
      • 13 years ago

      More likely that Bearlake mobos won’t support the voltages needed for NetBurst chips.

    • flip-mode
    • 13 years ago

    y[

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