Intel has set a launch date for X38 chipset for September 23, 2007

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  1. Shtal

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    Intel has set a release date for its high-end X38 Express chipset - September 23, 2007. The X38 Express will be successor to 975X Express as Intel's flagship enthusiast chipset. It will support PCI Express 2.0, dual 16-lane PCI Express x16 slots, and DDR3/DDR2 memory.

    Is it worth to wait?
    [Edit: http://www.dailytech.com/Intel+Prepares+X38+Express+Launch/article8467.htm
     
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    All I have to say is w00t:cool:

    I'm not buying a p1mprig this year, but nice to have the option for early next year when I do...
     
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    Intel X38 chipset should be faster vs. Nvidia 680i utilizing / giving available memory bandwidth for CPU.
     
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    I've always had a preference for Intel chipsets when using an Intel processor, although I also am aware there have been some utterly craptastic Intel chipsets.

    But the 440BX was legendary and the i865 was fantastic IMO. I'd love another "enthusiast" chipset like one of those two; the current 945/965 just don't do much for me, and the 915 really didn't seem any different from the 875 IMO other than the obvious memory interface.
     
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    You are right! "440BX the best", also 865, 875, 965 and as well 975 chipset was very good; prefer Intel chipset for Intel CPU.
    And 875 vs. 915 not much to talk about!
    820 chipset was horrible and 840 Rambus memory chipset really didn't cut in for me, but i845 was better choice.

    I prefer X38 chipset vs. getting i975 chipset do to support upcoming Yorkfield Quad Core processor built on Penryn core.
     
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    965 is a great chipset, IMO. Its very stable, has great performance, and overclocks like a champ. Plus its on some great value motherboards, like the Gigabyte I use. I've generally thought Intel has made greatly quality chipsets that are very hard to beat in that realm, with the occasional chipset that is also a awesome overclocker. They also tend to not have weird issues like others. *cough* Nvidia *cough*
     
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    Do we still have no idea when AMD is releasing it's next set of CPUs and whatnots stuffs?

    I've held off on getting a P35/Q6600 setup for now (and by held off I mean I went and bought a lot of other things like $2000 worth of DSLR gear), but if X38 (and Penryn?) really comes out so soon, i'm mighty tempted to get something then.
     
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    You know, I'm probably not being fair to the 965, as I haven't personally owned one. But seeing the reviews of the 965-based motherboards, it seems that it's an excellent chipset after all the quirks were worked out. How many revs did the DS3 go through now, like four or five?

    But I digress. I'm with Sobek on this -- with X38 and Penryn out before the end of this year, it really really makes my order finger itchy :cool:
     
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    About a month. Though they seem to of already started doing damage control saying that production problems (nooo really?) of the past have delayed the processors a full 6 months past when AMD planned to launch them meaning that when they do actually launch it will be against Intel products they hadnt ment to pair off against. At least thats what they say, sounds like preemptive damage control to me.
     
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    Just read a review of the (fairly) new amd x2-6000 it seems quite a good buy

    "The 6000+ is less expensive than its Intel counterparts, has a higher clock speed right out of the box and performs within a margin of error in most benchmarks,"

    ps: that quote is relative to the e6600 + e6700
     
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    What's so great about the X38 over the 965 or P35? For $200 starting price, considering you can get decent P35 boards for around $100, it better offer more than just pcie 2 support.
     
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    id like to know that too
    as ive just bought a 975x board
     
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    Crossfire runs @ 16x / 16x for X38
    Corssfire runs @ 16x / 4X for P35
     
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    That's not that great actually, considering it does quite all-right in 8x/8x, which the 975x, the RD600:)D, bad joke, I know) and ASUS' P35 cand happily provide. That being said, out of those, only one will support Penryn, whilst the X38 is guaranteed to support it so...
     
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    Crossfire runs @ 8x / 8x for 975X
    Crossfire runs @ 16x / 4X for P35


    Battlefield 2
    975X crossfire 117.2 FPS @1920x1200
    P35 crossfire 111.5 FPS @1920x1200


    Serious Sam 2
    975X crossfire 137.1 FPS @1920x1200
    P35 crossfire 124.5 FPS @1920x1200


    F.E.A.R.
    975X crossfire 97 FPS @1920x1440
    P35 crossfire 88 FPS @1920x1440

    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2990&p=4

    Supreme Commander
    975X crossfire 38.1 FPS @1920x1200
    P35 crossfire 28.2 FPS @1920x1200


    Company of Heroes
    975X crossfire 116.2 FPS @1920x1200
    P35 crossfire 96.8 FPS @1920x1200


    Prey
    975X crossfire 108.1 FPS @1920x1200
    P35 crossfire 83.3 FPS @1920x1200

    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2990&p=5


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    Overall, our game testing indicates that driver optimizations will be paramount to improving CrossFire performance on the P35 chipset when utilizing Vista. Due to the x16/x4 limitations, the expected performance capability of the R600, and a whole new generation of games coming out over the next few months that promises to pound your current system into submission at the highest settings, we cannot recommend the P35 at this time for a CrossFire capable system. That honor still belongs to the chipset that refuses to die, the 975X which is slated to be replaced this summer with the new X38 chipset. While not always the fastest solution for an R600 CrossFire platform it does offer a level of consistency and stability that is not always present on the P35. We fully expect the P35 to perform significantly better in several areas once AMD has the time to tune their drivers for it. For now we understand and accept this lack of optimization, but that does not mean we like it.
    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2990&p=6


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    Will be interesting upcoming benchmark to see Crossfire for X38 @ 16x / 16X vs. Crossfire for 975X @ 8x / 8X :) :)
     
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    I've been hearing that X38 performs worse than some of Intel's other recent chipsets (P35 in particular) when used with DDR2, and that it only does well with DDR3. Any truth to that?
     
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