Intel® X38 Express Chipset

The buzz has started on the Intel's X38 Express chipset, making use of the next-gen PCI Express 2.0 connectivity.

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Geoff Gasior from The Tech Report takes a look at how the X38 chipset stacks up.

"...the X38 takes a major step beyond the P35 with its 32 PCI Express 2.0 lanes, which make the X38 the first chipset to offer second-generation PCI Express, ensuring plenty of bandwidth for future graphics cards. The X38's full 32 lanes also make it the first Intel chipset capable of supporting dual-x16 CrossFire configurations.

The X38 has other perks, too, such as support for DDR3 speeds up to 1333MHz. DDR3 memory modules have quickly scaled to 1333MHz and beyond, making support for faster memory an attractive feature. However, DDR3 still carries a hefty premium, and we suspect most enthusiasts will prefer to stick with DDR2-based X38 implementations for now. "

Tech Report puts together an impressive report running a number of test on the first X38 boards from Asus (Asus P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n) and Gigabyte(Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6). Check out the full report and let us know what you think.