P45 chipset said to be postponed until June

Now that its new X48 Express chipset out the door, Intel is expected to unveil a whole lineup of "4 series" chipsets. One of those is the P45 Express, and DigiTimes reports that the semiconductor giant has postponed that particular offering. The P45 was previously scheduled for May, DigiTimes says, but now the chipset won’t show up until the middle of June.

The site claims Intel has uncovered compatibility issues between the P45’s PCI Express connections and certain graphics cards. Intel has reportedly notified mobo makers that the launch will be postponed by two to four weeks as a result. The manufacturers supposedly aren’t taking this news too hard, though: the delay will give them more time to get rid of P35 inventory, which should quickly become obsolete once the P45 hits.

Very little information seems to have leaked out about the P45 so far. However, DigiTimes revealed in a previous report that the chipset will support DDR3 memory speeds up to 1333MHz, and we learned back in December that Intel had renewed its CrossFire license from AMD and planned to include CrossFire X support in the P45.

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    • slaimus
    • 12 years ago

    My GA-P35-DS3L’s heatsink looks smaller than the one Intel uses on its retail boards.

    • fantastic
    • 12 years ago

    From what I’ve read the P45 adds PCIe 2.0, ICH10 and the smaller process (less heat). Am I missing something? Only the last one has any interest to me.

    • Flying Fox
    • 12 years ago

    So no more cries about “only bad news for AMD, none for Intel” eh? 😀

    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 12 years ago

    P45 should also support DDR2 judging by some other rumours.

    • flip-mode
    • 12 years ago

    Jeez, seems like the P35 launched just last week. Edit, holy cow it was almost a year ago.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 12 years ago

      Yeah wow. Why does it seem not that long ago?

    • slaimus
    • 12 years ago

    The P45 will finally bring a better manufacturing process to intel’s mainstream chipsets. My P35 runs really hot, and I had to mount a fan to blow on the heatsink or it will hang while running at 1333 FSB.

      • Taddeusz
      • 12 years ago

      Really? I have an Intel DP35DP motherboard that runs fine at an FSB of 1333Mhz. I have a C2D E6550 running quite happily on it. Never had any problems with it locking up on me.

        • ChronoReverse
        • 12 years ago

        Same here. My P35 runs 24/7 at 1333 without issue on its heatpipe passive heatsink.

        It’s warm but not nearly close to the furnace an Nvidia chipset can become. That said, the AMD chipsets are really nice about power nowadays.

          • mongoosesRawesome
          • 12 years ago

          no memory controller on those AMD chips.

            • Flying Fox
            • 12 years ago

            That’s not the point. Nvidia chipsets for the AMD platform still put out more heat than AMD’s own chipsets.

    • Krogoth
    • 12 years ago

    P45 is just a revision of P35.

    Nothing new here.

      • Flying Fox
      • 12 years ago

      But, you know all those people who “want” PCIe 2.0 slots!

        • Krogoth
        • 12 years ago

        Yet, there isn’t really anything that needs the bandwidth of PCIe 2.0. 😉

          • YodaTech
          • 12 years ago

          Yeah but if you plan on having the mobo for 2 years or so, there will be soon enough.

            • Flying Fox
            • 12 years ago

            Nehalem will make that irrelevant by then anyway.

            • Mithent
            • 12 years ago

            Only if you’re worried about having the fastest processor, which isn’t that important if you’re mostly a gamer. Since games are generally much more GPU limited, it’s unlikely that Nehalem is going to help much there, but a new generation of potentially PCI-E-2.0-requiring graphics cards might.

            • Krogoth
            • 12 years ago

            Graphical cards are actually the last thing that needs the bandwidth of PCIe 2.0. If anything they will simply need the extra current to help feed evermore power-hungry GPUs. 😉

            The only cards that would need the bandwidth are 10Gbit Ethernet cards and high-end RAID controller cards that handle nested arrays.

    • ecalmosthuman
    • 12 years ago

    …just bought a P35 board…guess this gives a little time to appreciate my upgrade before it becomes /[

      • Gerbil Jedidiah
      • 12 years ago

      There’s obsolete, and there’s great value. DDR2 and the P35 chipset are a great value. P45 and DDR3 is faster, but not worth it imho based on the cost increase. No need to feel cheated!

        • UberGerbil
        • 12 years ago

        Exactly. This kicks off a great time to buy a 35 board, and DDR2 memory has been crazy cheap for a while. You’ll still have the option to upgrade to a Penryn quadcore later (when prices and availability are better).

        You could spend way more money to be right on the cutting edge, dealing with any new-technology headaches to obtain marginal performance improvements that mostly only show up in synthetic tests. If feeling like you’re “not obsolete” is that important to your psychological well-being, it might be worth it. If you’re chasing the virtual phallus of extreme overclockability, it might be worth it.

        For the sane and well-adjusted among the rest of us, this is a great time to buy the soon-to-be-“obsolete” tech.

    • Lord.Blue
    • 12 years ago

    Funny thing about it being ‘delayed’ – they never announced when it was supposed to come out anyway.

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