Folks looking to purchase a high-end Intel motherboard probably shouldn't feel bad about biting the bullet and getting something based on Intel's latest X38 Express chipset. Despite several reports about the imminent release of a new X48 Express chipset, DigiTimes reports that we may not be seeing X48 mobos arrive until March.
Quoting insiders at motherboard manufacturers, DigiTimes says Intel could postpone the X48 launch from January until February or March. Behind the postponement is one of the first-tier motherboard manufacturers, which has reportedly overstocked X38 chipsets and cut a deal with Intel in order to be able to sell its inventory quicker (and presumably at higher prices, as well).
The X48 chipset is expected to bring support for 1600MHz front-side bus speeds and DDR3-1600 memory, making it ready for future 45nm processors like the Core 2 Extreme QX9770. The QX9770, which we recently tested alongside the AMD Phenom, features a 3.2GHz clock speed and a 1600MHz FSB.