Intel announces 3-Series chipset family

Intel officially launched its 3-Series chipsets at Computex today. Formerly code-named Bearlake, the new chipset line offers support for future 45nm processors, 1333MHz front-side bus speeds, and DDR3 memory. An updated integrated graphics core inside the G35 chipset also claims “hardware support” for DirectX 10. Intel says the IGP supports Blu-ray and HD DVD playback, as well, although it’s unclear how much of the playback process is accelerated in hardware.

We looked at the mid-range component of Intel’s 3-Series lineup, the P35 Express, last month and found it to be a worthy successor to the popular P965. In 90 days, Intel says it will ship the X38 Express successor to its high-end 975X chipset. The X38 is targeted directly at enthusiasts, and it will also bring support for second generation PCI Express.

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    • pedro
    • 13 years ago

    Here’s hoping that these new chipsets will boot the prices of the good old P965 boards way down.

    • UberGerbil
    • 13 years ago

    Actually, the press release says “/[<]§

    • continuum
    • 13 years ago

    90 days? Damnit, that’s a long time to wait when cheap quad-cores will be out in less than 60 days…

    OTOH we should see reviews well before then from what these pictures are telling us, which means we can find out well in advance if X38 chipset boards are even worth our trouble. 🙂

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