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Intel X38 to arrive with two new technologies

Intel X38 to arrive with two new technologies

What the X38 will look like when it arrives.

In the next month or so, Intel will be launching its new X38 chipset which we've already had a brief look at during Computex. There will be two new technologies featured - these are called Extreme Memory and Extreme Tuning Utility and are aimed at enthusiasts.

Interestingly though, the two technologies won't be exclusive to X38, with P35 and next-generation Intel Centrino 3-series chipsets being compatible as well.

The Extreme Memory technology will be similar to Nvidia's SLI Memory in that it will offer an extra EPP (enhanced performance profile) setting for improved performance over the standard SPD memory settings. EPP adjusts the voltages, clocks and memory allowing the combination of memory and motherboard to work far more efficiently together.

However in what relation to EPP, Extreme Memory will take is as yet unknown. The real kicker is that Extreme Memory will be exclusive to DDR3, so those who've already invested in DDR2-based P35 boards will be out of luck. However, don't discount the enterprising Taiwanese when it comes to biting the hand that feeds them and "adapting" something to a more popular technology (ref: The i875 versus i865 chipset PAT saga a few years ago).

Sources note that Intel is currently working with Kingston Technology and OCZ Technology, but expect the likes of Corsair, Team Group and other popular manufacturers to jump in on the action as well.

The Extreme Tuning Utility on the other hand is seemingly inspired by another Nvidia innovation: nTune, and is designed to provide an interface to enable the changing of BIOS settings directly from within the operating system.

Motherboard manufacturers and Intel partners have the ability to customise the interface so expect more over the top and hard to use skin customisation to what could have been a simple, clean and easy to use software. This software will initially only be available on the X38 chipset, but it could be rolled out to other 3-series motherboards later if necessary.

So, is Intel just playing catch up to Nvidia's lead or will they have something truly industry leading when this technology arrives? Are you also fed up of the overuse of the word "extreme"? At least Intel insist on spelling extreme with an "e" for a change, I suppose. Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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zoom314 8th August 2007, 15:27 Quote
I guess I should be extremely interested, But I'm just curious, So what ever X38 or P35 review bit-tech comes up with I'll read. :D
MightyMouse 8th August 2007, 15:45 Quote
Has anyone heard when the first board with x38 is coming? I've only heard Q3. Not realy in that much of a hurry just need a new computer before AoC.
Jack_Pepsi 8th August 2007, 15:57 Quote
Yeah I'll be interested to the read either (or both) reviews. My friend was just given... given and engineering sample of what we like to believe is a E6900. So he's in the market for a new motherboard to get the best out of his new found, prize possession.... the git. >.<
zr_ox 8th August 2007, 16:51 Quote
This does look nice and ayecarumba is that a big chipset!! Looks like you will need a CPU sized block to cool that.

another Fuzion block with AMD mounting kit perhaps

I just hope that DDR3 starts pulling it's weight for launch time, which is not that far away.....google has it between August & September.

I will jump on board if it supports SLi, rumours are abound but no reliable sources yet. Have you heard anything about this Tim that you can tell us without being sued?
fluxity 17th August 2007, 03:58 Quote
Gigabyte will producing 2 models of this mobo, the GA-X38-DQ6 and GA-X38T-DQ6. The non-T version supporting DDR2 and the T being DDR3 only.

I'm going to be building a new pc very soon (G0 Q6600 based), will it be worth waiting for the X38 chipset or just go for a P35?. Gunna go with DDR2 anyway as DDR3 is mad expensive, thinking P5 Deluxe or Abit Mobo atm

Edit: Reading 2 things at once, new Gigabyte mobo obv. has the x38 onboard

Double edit: Already an article last month : [ I need to look around more
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