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Intel P45 chipset spotted naked!

Intel P45 chipset spotted naked!

Intel P45 - Naked for all the world to see.

OK, it doesn’t look too different from its P35 chipset on the surface but it might be of interest to some. It’s about the same size and should be the same TDP – we’ll know more when we talk to Intel directly.

MSI’s P45 Diamond model is pretty special – not only does it have more SATA ports than you can shake an armful of hard drives at (don’t, you’ll drop them!) – six native from ICH10R and no less than seven from a silicon image chipset and possibly one dedicated to eSATA duty, it also uses a PCI-Express lane splitter chip from IDT. This makes the single PCI-Express x16 lane into two x8s for proper CrossFire – no longer are we subjected to an imperfect x16 and x4. In addition there should also be CircuPipe cooling and Hi-C low profile capacitors.

Foxconn also showed off its P45 Digital Life ELA board with three PCI-Express x16 slots – two x8 from the same IDT splitter chip and the third at x4, as well as a very strangely placed northbridge plopped between the CPU and memory! The ELA nomenclature comes from the “Eagle Lake” codename Intel gave the P45 chipset – Foxconn are apparently proud of this because “it helped Intel design the Eaglelake”. It’s P45A-S is better looking with its black PCB, but it lacks the IDT splitter chip and now only has a PCI-Express x16 and x4 slots, even if the layout is a bit more traditional.

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legoman666 5th March 2008, 13:42 Quote
Still no dual 16x slots? Wake up Intel.
kenco_uk 5th March 2008, 14:36 Quote
13 sata slots makes me a very happy bunny.
Grinch123456 5th March 2008, 14:36 Quote
WOAH. Naked? I thought this place was child-friendly! What happened guys? What happened?
naokaji 5th March 2008, 14:41 Quote
p45? me wants. P35 was the best chipset since the legendary bx440, it will be interesting to see how intel wants to improve that.
DXR_13KE 5th March 2008, 14:44 Quote
14 sata connections? 6+7+1..... that is insane...

shame they don't have sli support..... damn you nvidia!
Bluephoenix 5th March 2008, 16:39 Quote
give me an onboard RAID6 chip and I'll bite, if its areca, I'll buy it tomorrow :)
Rebourne 5th March 2008, 18:04 Quote
I am sporting a tremendous woody.

*It's a referance from short circuit, I'm not a pervert lol*
Cupboard 5th March 2008, 18:26 Quote
Why would you ever need/want 14 SATA connections on a motherboard? That is insane, and without RAID really stupid.

I will probably end up regretting this in 10 years like Bill and his 640K of ram
Mister_Tad 5th March 2008, 19:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bluephoenix
give me an onboard RAID6 chip and I'll bite, if its areca, I'll buy it tomorrow :)

Even if the board is $900? :p

Areca uses Intel's RAID processors, so I suppose it isn't impossible for intel to plop one on a motherboard. Something tells me its not ever going to be on a desktop board mind you.

I don't see the point of so many onboard SATA ports either. Just marketing, can't see anyone ever using them. Now, if they could implement a zero-channel RAID like on some server boards, it would be great.
Bluephoenix 5th March 2008, 19:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mister_Tad
Even if the board is $900? :p

for that kind of data protection built in and not having to use a massive external card? heck yes.

wouldn't be less expensive than my current Striker + Areca RAID6 card setup
Bindibadgi 5th March 2008, 19:43 Quote
It's not Intel's doing it's MSIs and it's a basic Silicon Image chipset - even though it'll be the high end Diamond, MSI aren't stupid enough to price themselves outside the market.

Anyone else think ICH10R's Six SATA is a bit ****? I'm gonna lay into them tomorrow morning in the press conference.
BUFF 5th March 2008, 20:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by legoman666
Still no dual 16x slots? Wake up Intel.
P45 supports dual x8 PCI-E 2.0 or the same bandwidth as dual x16 PCI-E 1.
of course if you want dual x16 PCI-E 2.0 then X38 has been out for a while ...
[USRF]Obiwan 6th March 2008, 08:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by BUFF

of course if you want dual x16 PCI-E 2.0 then X38 has been out for a while ...

I wish for dual X16 2.0 SLI on a Intel platform (and no not grandma i680) Nvida has the best cards, and Intel the best procs/chipsets, why dont they just get their heads out of the sand. Unless AMD/ATI is holding them down...
legoman666 6th March 2008, 21:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by BUFF
P45 supports dual x8 PCI-E 2.0 or the same bandwidth as dual x16 PCI-E 1.
of course if you want dual x16 PCI-E 2.0 then X38 has been out for a while ...

which is why i have an X38 board ;)
BUFF 7th March 2008, 09:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
I wish for dual X16 2.0 SLI on a Intel platform (and no not grandma i680) Nvida has the best cards, and Intel the best procs/chipsets, why dont they just get their heads out of the sand. Unless AMD/ATI is holding them down...
it's not AMD/ATi holding them down it's Intel/nVidia not being able to agree on a licence deal - without tieing SLI to their chipsets why would you buy an (non-IGP) nVidia chipset over an Intel one on an Intel CPU platform mobo?
Technically Intel chipsets can run SLI now but the nVidia drivers check for the presence of an nVidia chipset before enabling SLI.
Give Intel SLI & nVidia lose a big chunk of revenue (iirc on launch 680i chipsets cost mobo manufacturers $140 each). Perhaps Intel aren't willing to pay the royalty per chipset that nVidia reckon they need to replace that income?
wuyanxu 7th March 2008, 15:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi

Anyone else think ICH10R's Six SATA is a bit ****? I'm gonna lay into them tomorrow morning in the press conference.

i think it's fine, doesn't the current ICH9R have have 6 SATA ports? *looks at iP35 Pro* see, 6 internal via southbridge, and 2 external via another controller
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