Report: Intel P55 motherboards may ship in July

More affordable Core i7 derivatives may arrive sooner rather than later. According to Fudzilla, P55 motherboards compatible with Intel’s upcoming Lynnfield CPUs—referred to as “Core i5” by some rumor sites—will start shipping in July.

Reportedly, current prototype P55 boards will have reached their final forms in time for the Computex trade show in early June. Fudzilla however warns that Intel could postpone shipments if it chooses to offer Lynnfield CPUs behind schedule. Officially, the chipmaker says Lynnfield will launch in the second half of this year—as nebulous as release time frames get.

Speaking of P55 motherboards, the guys at Hardware Aktuell have nabbed photos of upcoming P55 motherboards from Biostar and Gigabyte. (We already saw photos of Asus’ and MSI’s prototypes earlier this week.) The Gigabyte board will apparently have three physical PCI Express x16 slots with CrossFire and SLI support, and the display card mentions integrated audio with a 106dB signal-to-noise ratio. The Biostar board looks a tad less exciting, but its missing heatsink gives a glimpse of the P55 chipset.

In a separate report, Fudzilla writes that Intel will change sockets from “LGA-1156” to “LGA-1156B” to accommodate 32nm Westmere processors with integrated graphics early next year. That could mean initial P55 desktop mobos might only ever support 45nm Lynnfield CPUs.

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    • Fighterpilot
    • 10 years ago

    This site is where the experts “test” things….so why are you even here if the results aren’t valid in your somewhat alternative universe?
    Also we were discussing Intel supposedly copying the 2003/6 range of AMD CPUs…thanks for not reading.

      • vikramsbox
      • 10 years ago

      War of words from a fighter! lol.
      Anyway, each to his own. Just note that the architecture gap between AMD and Intel is closing with both moving to an overall similar scheme of things.Intel’s adopting IMC and QPI that were adopted by AMD for many years and AMD may soon adopt Hyper Threading (SMT), which was adopted early by Intel.
      By the way, fighterpilot, there is a very big differece between tests and rea;ity. I don’t dispute that Core 2 is an excellent architecture. But that a fast CPU needs a fast memory bus and FSB 1333 is the least that is needed. Real life loads are moderate CPU load+random memory access through the bus/IMC.
      EOD.

    • vikramsbox
    • 10 years ago

    Think that in the recession, Intel laid off some of its better thinkers by mistake. When it observed AMD and copied the latters architecture to perfection, one would think that AMD’s socket dramas of 2003-2006 would not be repeated by intel. But looks like a doze sockets for a dozen chips.
    Either they are stupid or very smart. Now that “tests” have pronounced Intel chips as winners over AMD and the obedient public have followed- and there is no competition to intel chipsets, intel can do pretty much what it wants and get away with it.
    We need more competition in the chipset front and intels monopoly needs to be broken.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 10 years ago

      Meh…LGA1336 is a server-oriented socket and chipset currently disguised as a consumer one as well because it’s the only Core i7 chipset available. I don’t see a problem with a mainstream Core i-whatever chipset. However separating the MCM integrated graphics CPUs and non-integrated graphics CPUs in to two separate sockets is poopy.

        • glacius555
        • 10 years ago

        “Just how many sockets, really?” was my first question.. Core i7 system will be within my grasp by the moment confusion wears off from the mainstream market + if I buy a X58 board today, it will support upcoming processors..

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 10 years ago

        The problem is, they’ve suggested they’re doing that with 1336, as well. They’ve never made it completely clear that six core Westmeres will work in current X58 boards.

          • glacius555
          • 10 years ago

          WTF?! I don’t want to upgrade from my E6300 to some other LGA775 processor!!! I don’t want to be left behind with a X58 board that won’t support six core Westmers either!

      • Fighterpilot
      • 10 years ago

      Damn annoying those “tests” aren’t they…..especially when they reflect the considered opinion of virtually every hardware enthusiast site on the Net.
      Core 2 by the way laid the smack on everything from AMD and had virtually none of the features common to AMD processors at the time…so your lament about poor AMD being “cloned” has no basis in fact.

        • vikramsbox
        • 10 years ago

        Tests are simulations. Most tests adopt steady troughput in memory/ cpu to test the same. real life involves lot of switching of programs and memory flow switches.
        Quite simply, HT 1600 is equivalent to FSB 1600, isn’t it?
        Also, intel’s IMC and QPI adopted in the Core i7 is straight off the Athlon.
        Also, I’ve used both Intel and AMD, and being a user who is touvhy when it comes to system responsiveness and platform cost, I still believe AMD kicks the boots off Intel.
        As far as tech experts are concerned, I don’t have anything against them. Just that they are hard pressed to get the results out before the others and they rely on simulations.
        An average user is not concerned with PC MArk figures, but with how agile his system is. Correct?

      • grantmeaname
      • 10 years ago

      will 1156 and 1156B be compatible one way or the other, though? AM2, AM2+, and AM3 all are…

    • StashTheVampede
    • 10 years ago

    Weren’t these originally supposed to be delayed? Isn’t July the original timeline? Intel was delaying these due to Core2 chipsets still being in high demand (DDR2 still is way cheap) and now it seems that DDR3 *is* coming down in price to the point where adoption is ramping up.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 10 years ago

      Not really, the date was always nebulous as the news blurb states. I’ve seen 2H, Q3 and Q4 all thrown around.

    • Flying Fox
    • 10 years ago

    Yikes. FC-PGA2 again?

      • Krogoth
      • 10 years ago

      Where? I do not see any slots.

        • Flying Fox
        • 10 years ago

        FC-PGA and FC-PGA2 chips were designed for socket 370, but with FC-PGA2 chips (Tualatin) they changed the VRM so not all socket 370 boards can run them.

        I still have the Powerleap adapter that made that work.

    • neon
    • 10 years ago

    so will my P55 compatible motherboard from 1997 work with this? The socket looks a little different…

      • Kurotetsu
      • 10 years ago

      Right.

      You go buy a Core i5 chip and get back to us with the results.

      • FranzVonPapen
      • 10 years ago

      If that doesn’t work, you could try pairing an i860 processor with the i860 P4 chipset.

      • afleury
      • 10 years ago

      No, your Socket 7 motherboard has only 7-pin!

      • PetMiceRnice
      • 10 years ago

      LOL, that was quite the flashback!

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