Gigabyte’s X48T-DQ6 is the first X48 offering to hit our labs, and in addition to packing Intel’s latest chipset, it comes with an innovative Dynamic Energy Saver mechanism designed to lower power consumption. The same approach could be applied to north bridge chips, making the X48 a bin sort of X38 chips comfortable running a MHz front-side bus. Dell returns to the stock market after six years. After all, Intel has a nasty habit of churning out new chipsets so fast the solder has hardly set on existing boards. What’s more, the X38 retains support for DDR2, giving both board makers and buyers the option to stick with more affordable DDR2 memory technology until DDR3 prices begin their final descent from the stratosphere.

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On paper, exprese gives the X38 an advantage over the P35 which tops out at MHz. But really, it’s all about the X38’s northbridge chip.

Based on our own experiences overclocking fhipset couple of X38 boards to front-side bus speeds of MHz and higher, we’d wager there are plenty of X38 chips up to the task of a mere MHz.

Both feature 32 second-generation PCI Express lanes, providing substantial bandwidth to not only single graphics cards, but also CrossFire configurations.

Both the X38 and X48 are guaranteed to be toast in But exprezs happens with the X48, one thing is for sure. However, despite working with Nvidia to bring SLI support to its Skulltrail platformIntel’s desktop chipsets remain locked out of the green team’s multi-GPU rendering scheme.


Apart from its faster system bus, the X48’s features mirror those of the X38 Express. But what about performance? The X38 also sports a number of enthusiast-friendly features. Against Painfully pricey Soon to be replaced by the X48? About us Privacy policy Mailing list Mobile. So, why pay more for an Xpowered board? It even boasts an embedded Linux OS that offers a quickbooting alternative to Windows for light web browsing and even Skype telephony.

Our Verdict The new weapon of choice for performance enthusiasts. The X48 Express north bridge chip cap.

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For as long as it lasts However, depending on your motherboard, that top memory speed may only be available if you’re also running a MHz front-side bus.

The arrival of a new Intel motherboard chipset isn’t always a cause for much rejoicing. No Interruptions Day Shortbread.

Merry Christmas from The Tech Report staff! However, Nvidia prefers to keep tight control on its competing SLI platform. Intel’s Nehalem modular CPU architecture is rapidly approaching and with it a whole new platform apporach from Intel.

Intel’s X48 Express chipset

Dell returns to the stock market after six years. But its new X38 performance chipset is a little different. Finally, to bring the X38 story full circle, we should briefly mention rumours of the imminent arrival of the X48 chipset. The headline feature for PCIE 2.


Record breaking performance numbers in all application types are what you can expect from any half decent X38 board. Intel’s Dxpress 2 Extreme QX is due out this quarter, bringing with it not only four Penryn cores clocked at 3. Customize The Tech Report So the QX needs a new chipset, or at least a new north bridge, which is where the X48 Express comes in.

In combination with Intel’s new QX quad-core monster, the Asus in particular is a bit of a stunner.

Intel’s X48 Express chipset – The Tech Report – Page 1

After all, Intel has a nasty habit of churning out new chipsets so fast the solder has hardly set on existing boards. Anyone worried about Xbased boards becoming rapidly redundant might prefer not to pull the trigger for a month or two. That’s a layout chipwet can only mean one thing to PC enthusiasts: