Monday, February 16th 2009

Intel X58 Chipset Moves from B-2 to B-3 Stepping in April

Intel will be moving its current high-end X58 chipset to B-3 stepping, the company announced in a recent official notification to motherboard makers. The IOH (I/O Hub) component of the Intel X58 Express chipset is converting from the current B-2 stepping to the new B-3 stepping. This step will require manufacturers to do a re-qualification, although both revisions are pin-to-pin compatible. No modifications or changes in the design of current motherboards will be needed for the new chipset stepping. First batch of B-3 X58 silicon will become available to board manufacturers on April 10th. The B-3 chipset marking will be replaced from SLGBT to SLGMX. Source: Intel
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12 Comments on Intel X58 Chipset Moves from B-2 to B-3 Stepping in April

#1
Disruptor4
Any idea on what it exactly changes/fixes/improves?
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#2
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Disruptor4 said:
Any idea on what it exactly changes/fixes/improves?
Ditto.

I suppose it will work with D0 processors out of the box (without BIOS update for CPUID) but is that the only change?
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#3
imddg69
And to think I just baught my new board for Christmas.:cry:
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#4
Deleted member 3
Without knowing what is changed I don't think anyone could care. Plus, if they don't say what's changed I'm guessing it's nothing major.
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#5
imddg69
I agree!

Believe me, I won't care either unless it increases benchmark scores by 50% or more, or makes games play like they were real life. I seriously doubt anyone will go out and upgrade if they've aready got a mobo that supports DDR3.
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#6
ShadowFold
People buy intel branded boards? Or is this info for OEM builders?
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#7
PCpraiser100
Dammit! $300 down the drain! I hope this doesn't scrw up compatibility with the Westmere chips.
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#8
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
they need to notifiy the change on the carton of the mobo along with the Etailers specifying what the differences are
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#9
Hayder_Master
i don't know what intel want and what they doing , but only i think they do something good for them not for us
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#10
Binge
Overclocking Surrealism
hayder.master said:
i don't know what intel want and what they doing , but only i think they do something good for them not for us
Yes because obviously they aren't filling the needs of the consumer but they are playing the role of "Evil Dictator" :rolleyes:
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#11
Wshlist
It's quite costly to start a new stepping I was given to understand, so it seems odd everybody dismisses it as 'probably doing next to nothing' when they change a chipset or even a CPU stepping.
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#12
Duffman
ShadowFold said:
People buy intel branded boards? Or is this info for OEM builders?
it's for all manufactures who use the X58 chipset from intel.
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