Saturday, April 21, 2007

Tech Link (Motherboard): Intel's Next Extreme Series Motherboard: DX38BT Bone Trail

FCG of TheTechRepository has posted an upcoming enthusiast board from Chipzilla. Among the highlights is that this board will support the upcoming processors based on 45nm, and PCIe 2.0 specifications. Expand to read the full scoop, and you may also want to register at their forum and join the discussion.

The successor the the highly successful D975XBX2 (Bad Axe 2) will be DX38BT (Bone Trail). Be aware that Penryn/Wolfdale/Yorkfield requires VRM 11.1 specification support; this means that EVERYONE (unless you are smart enough to know how to mod your board yourself... )will need to buy a new motherboard to support 45nm CPUs from Intel. This could be a simple revision refresh (as we saw when Conroe was released in June 2006) or an entirely new model based on the next-generation Intel 3-series chipsets.

DX38BT Product Highlights:
Based on the next-generation X38 Express chipset (MCH)
Intel Duo/Quad/Extreme (dual and quad) Core support at up to 1333MHz FSB, dual channel DDR2/DDR3 memory support with Fast Memory Access technology
Intel ICH9 southbridge, 12 USB ports, supporting up to 6 additional PCI Express 1.1(a) lanes [physics card upgrade support], GBit LAN
2x PCI Express 2.0 16x ports (backwards compatable with PCI Express 1.1 specification), Crossfire is supported
6x SATA 3.0GB/s ports, Intel Maxtrix Storage Technology (RAID)
Intel High Definition (HD) Technology
Full overclocking/overvoltage options via BIOS and NEW Windows GUI utility for overclocking, including auto-tune capabilities

Source:Intel's Next Extreme Series Motherboard: DX38BT Bone Trail

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