Report: Intel to release Z68 chipset in early May

As we saw yesterday, a Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 motherboard based on Intel's Z68 chipset has already been found in the wild in Taiwan. That's all well and good, but many of us happen not to reside in East Asia. When can we expect the board here in North America?

A DigiTimes story posted this morning points to an early May release for Gigabyte's GA-Z68X-UD7-B3. The site says the Z68 chipset will officially come out in the first half of next month, and that Gigabyte is "likely to be the first major motherboard maker to launch Z68-based products." The GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 is also mentioned in the article, so it may number among the first models out the door.

Interestingly, the DigiTimes report goes on to say the Z68 chipset might end up supplanting the P67. According to the story, Intel plans to "gradually phase out" P-series chipsets and focus on Z- and H-series offerings. Here's hoping that change won't drive prices up, if it does occur.

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