In simple terms, memory snoop allows the caching of commonly requested data in the northbridge, thereby avoiding the need to fetch it from main memory. The X38 also sports a number of enthusiast-friendly features. Anyone worried about Xbased boards becoming rapidly redundant might prefer not to pull the trigger for a month or two. But its new X38 performance chipset is a little different. Finally, to bring the X38 story full circle, we should briefly mention rumours of the imminent arrival of the X48 chipset. Chipsets Previous page Next page. With this faster bus, the X48 looks poised to supplant its predecessor atop Intel’s chipset lineup, which means a new wave of motherboards is coming from all the usual suspects.
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Motherboard makers have some leeway when it comes to defining hcipset dividers, which is why chipaet find plenty of P35 Express boards capable of clocking DDR3 memory at MHz, despite the fact that the chipset only officially supports memory bus speeds up to MHz. Based on our own experiences overclocking a couple of X38 boards to front-side bus speeds of MHz and higher, we’d wager there are plenty of X38 chips up to the task of a mere MHz.
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The X48 Express north bridge chip cap. No Interruptions Day Shortbread. But what about performance?
Record breaking performance numbers in all application types are what you can expect from any half decent X38 board. Merry Christmas from The Tech Report staff!
With this faster bus, the X48 looks poised to supplant its predecessor atop Intel’s chipset lineup, which means a new wave of motherboards is coming from all the usual expresss.
That strikes us as particularly petty on Nvidia’s part, and while it blunts some of the X48’s appeal, CrossFire has matured into a viable and in some cases preferable alternative to SLI. The X38 also sports a number of enthusiast-friendly features.
On paper, that gives the X38 an advantage over the P35 which tops out at MHz. However, depending on your motherboard, that top memory speed may only be available if you’re also running a MHz front-side bus. Moreover, the P35 has proven an extremely impressive performer at both stock and overclocked settings. That’s a layout which can only mean one thing to PC enthusiasts: Intel engages in a process called binning with its processors, sorting what are essentially identical chips based on the clock speeds at which they’re comfortable running.
Apart from its faster system bus, the X48’s features mirror those of the X38 Express.
The most obvious upgrades over the X include official support for MHz bus Intel processors along with the latest 45nm Core 2 chips and DDR3 memory. Unfortunately, there’s still an inescapable price premium associated with DDR3. It’s essentially a set of ehnanced memory profiles designed to boost bandwidth with compatible memory DIMMs. But times have changed, speeds have scaled, and prices have fallen. Against Painfully pricey Soon to be replaced by the X48? Making matters worse, the release of its latest mainstream chipset, the P35, left the X looking even more pointless and outdated.
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It’s nice of Krogoth to fill in for Chuckula over the holidays. Finally, to bring the X38 story full circle, we should briefly mention rumours of the imminent arrival of the X48 chipset. Join us as we put this power saving scheme to the test and run the X48 Express through it paces against the rest of Intel’s chipset lineup.
Prices were too high, for one, and DDR3 hadn’t yet ramped to significantly higher clock speeds than existing DDR2 modules.
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Despite falling DDR3 prices, the fact that the bottom has essentially dropped out of the DDR2 memory market makes for a tough sell. So the QX needs a new chipset, or at least a new north bridge, which is where the X48 Express comes in.
A warn welcome, therefore, to the new X38 performance chipset. For as long as it lasts It’s not currently compatible with the X38 and that’s not something we expect to change.