Monday, March 19th 2007

Intel Bearlake confirmed, more details released

Way back in October, we posted possible specifications of the new Intel "Bearlake" chipset. Well, Intel has finally confirmed this Bearlake chipset. There will be five variants. These are the X38, the P35, the G35, the G33, and finally the G31.
  • The X38 is designed to work with Core 2 Extreme processors, works with Intel's 45nm Penryn, will use PCI Express 2.0 technology, and "performance auto-tuning", which dynamically overclocks...everything. The X38 will run at an FSB of 1333 MHz, and can handle DDR3 RAM clocked similarly.
  • The P35 will handle all current generation Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors, but there is no word as to what else this thing can do.
  • The G35 is just like the P35, except with integrated DX10 graphics. The integrated graphics have a built in HDCP decoder and HDMI output, so that users can plug in an HD-DVD or Blu-Ray drive without worry.
  • The G33 is a slightly cut down version of the G35, but still has the impressive DX10 integrated graphics.
  • The G31 still has the integrated graphics, but is designed for the budget minded customer.
The P35 and G33 will arrive Q2 of this year, and every other Bearlake chipset will be released in Q3.Source: Reg Hardware
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12 Comments on Intel Bearlake confirmed, more details released

#1
kwchang007
any chance these chipsets are going to support dual quad cores? because intel has to do something so that when barcelona comes out they have something to compete with amd's 4x4
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#2
C.Ash
And this will support CrossFire?
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kwchang007
by: C.Ash
And this will support CrossFire?
i bet they will support crossfire, if current intel chipsets do, it wouldn't make sense to stop crossfire support
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KennyT772
by: kwchang007
i bet they will support crossfire, if current intel chipsets do, it wouldn't make sense to stop crossfire support
thats not up to intel, its up to ati/amd.
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kwchang007
by: KennyT772
thats not up to intel, its up to ati/amd.
oh, i don't see them taking crossfire support from intel chipsets, unless they want to try and be like nvidia.
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C.Ash
by: kwchang007
oh, i don't see them taking crossfire support from intel chipsets, unless they want to try and be like nvidia.
Yeh, I remmember them even saying that CrossFire will work on all chipsets in the future (even nVidia), but dont take my word for it.
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#7
Completely Bonkers
For crossfire support, is there anything OTHER than just 2x PCIe16 slots needed?
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kwchang007
by: Completely Bonkers
For crossfire support, is there anything OTHER than just 2x PCIe16 slots needed?
right now, i believe a nvidia chipset can not run crossfire, they said in the future their chipsets will be cable of running crossfire, i don't know if that means that a bios update to a current nvidia motherboard will allow crossfire, or if you need to buy a newer motherboard.
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Alright, kudos to intel on the dynamically overclocking anything. I love that idea.
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#10
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
bearlake? where do they come up with these names?
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#11
EastCoasthandle
by: KennyT772
thats not up to intel, its up to ati/amd.
Actually it was Intel that pulled support, not ATI. AMD/ATI doesn't own Intel chipset licensing for bearlake.
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And, it's very possible to we will not see crossfire support as they are owned by Intel's competitor. We will have to wait and see what develops.
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kwchang007
by: WarEagleAU
Alright, kudos to intel on the dynamically overclocking anything. I love that idea.
yeah, that sounds sweet.
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