Sunday, March 15, 2009

Intel finally launches X38 Express chipset

Intel finally launches X38 Express chipset with ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte mainboards ready.The chipset was previously known by its codename, Bearlake, and first surfaced last year.

Desktop PC platforms based on the Intel X38 Express Chipset, combined with either the Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad or Intel Core2 Extreme processors establish a new standard for performance. Designed with headroom and engineering passion, the Intel X38 Express Chipset supports new dual-channel DDR3 memory technology, next generation dualX16 PCI Express 2.0 and Intel® Extreme Tuning to unleash exceptional performance in today’s gaming applications.


Engineers at the time cited problems with vendor microcode support as major contributors to Intel’s decision to slide the date back even further. The launch date for the X38 Express chipset was then changed to October 10th, and today Intel was finally able to hit its launch target.

ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI all have X38 Express-based offerings. ASUS announced today its P5E3 Deluxe, which comes with the option of an embedded install of Linux. MSI launched the X38 Diamond, which features a new Circu-Pipe cooler design; and Gigabyte launched its GA-X38-DQ6 (DDR2) and GA-X38T-DQ6 (DDR3).

Intel® X38 Express Chipset Features

  • 1333/1066/800 MHz System Bus
  • PCI Express* 2.0 Interface
  • Intel® Fast Memory Access
  • Dual-Channel DDR3 memory support
  • Dual-Channel DDR2 memory support
  • Intel® Flex Memory Technology
  • Intel® High Definition Audio²
  • Intel® Matrix Storage Technology³
  • Intel® Rapid Recover Technology
  • Serial ATA* (SATA) 3 Gb/s
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