Mainboard makers begin shipments of Intel X48 products

By on March 13, 2008, 5:11 PM
Intelís successor to the X38 chipset is set to be released very soon. According to DigiTimes, mass shipping of Intel X48 chipset motherboards will begin in mid-March, with Asus and Gigabyte already shipping their X48-based products this week.

Though the X48 chipset has not been officially introduced, information and previews have been around for a while now, including our own take on the Asus P5E3 Premium WiFi-AP @n, the companyís first X48 motherboard. In general, gamers and performance enthusiasts alike can expect a slightly updated version of the existing X38 chipset, with official support for 1600MHz FSB processors and DDR3-1600 memory.




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TheBeagle said:
Although I can understand the economic realities of delaying the release of the X48 chipset, and thus the X48 boards, this whole thing has become quite a joke. The X48 chipset, and the motherboards that utilize it, were ready for prime time several months ago. However, ASUS, and to some lesser extent Gigabyte, pressured Intel to halt a much earlier X48 release so that those manufacturers, and others as well, could purge their existing stock of X38 boards, and thus clear the deck for the newer boards.Of course, that whole decisional process ignored the consumer, and placed the corporate greed of those manufacturers as the prime consideration to be satisfied. The timing of the release of the mainstream 45nm Intel Quad-Core processor also plays right into this whole scenario. I sure hope that now that Intel and the board manufacturers have set the table properly so that they can fully feast on the consumer's $, that they at least have a reliable product to serve for dinner!
icye said:
If reports are true and that the US economy is not doing so well, I don't think people will be buying that much electronics such as computer components at this time. The rising cost of fuel and food pushes the buying of expensive motherboards, CPUs, video cards a thing only for those that have a lot of extra money.
foogan said:
[b]Originally posted by TheBeagle:[/b][quote]Although I can understand the economic realities of delaying the release of the X48 chipset, and thus the X48 boards, this whole thing has become quite a joke. The X48 chipset, and the motherboards that utilize it, were ready for prime time several months ago. However, ASUS, and to some lesser extent Gigabyte, pressured Intel to halt a much earlier X48 release so that those manufacturers, and others as well, could purge their existing stock of X38 boards, and thus clear the deck for the newer boards.Of course, that whole decisional process ignored the consumer, and placed the corporate greed of those manufacturers as the prime consideration to be satisfied. The timing of the release of the mainstream 45nm Intel Quad-Core processor also plays right into this whole scenario. I sure hope that now that Intel and the board manufacturers have set the table properly so that they can fully feast on the consumer's $, that they at least have a reliable product to serve for dinner![/quote]You're crying "Corporate Greed!" because they want to sell off all their X38s that are already produced before they release the X48?? They are a business. Businesses are supposed to make money. Releasing the X48s while having a warehouse full of X38s would make them "Corporate ******". "Feasting on the consumer's $" Again, that's the point! You make product, you sell it to consumers, you make money."Corporate greed" is an oxymoron. Corporations are supposed to want money
Julio said:
I sit somewhere in-between #1 and #3 comments, the delay would be much more relevant if X48 brought something really special to the table, but it doesn't.
---agissi--- said:
[b]Originally posted by foogan:[/b][quote][b]Originally posted by TheBeagle:[/b][quote]Although I can understand the economic realities of delaying the release of the X48 chipset, and thus the X48 boards, this whole thing has become quite a joke. The X48 chipset, and the motherboards that utilize it, were ready for prime time several months ago. However, ASUS, and to some lesser extent Gigabyte, pressured Intel to halt a much earlier X48 release so that those manufacturers, and others as well, could purge their existing stock of X38 boards, and thus clear the deck for the newer boards.Of course, that whole decisional process ignored the consumer, and placed the corporate greed of those manufacturers as the prime consideration to be satisfied. The timing of the release of the mainstream 45nm Intel Quad-Core processor also plays right into this whole scenario. I sure hope that now that Intel and the board manufacturers have set the table properly so that they can fully feast on the consumer's $, that they at least have a reliable product to serve for dinner![/quote]You're crying "Corporate Greed!" because they want to sell off all their X38s that are already produced before they release the X48?? They are a business. Businesses are supposed to make money. Releasing the X48s while having a warehouse full of X38s would make them "Corporate ******". "Feasting on the consumer's $" Again, that's the point! You make product, you sell it to consumers, you make money."Corporate greed" is an oxymoron. Corporations are supposed to want money[/quote]No Foogan -- I think your the one missing the point.The point is they deliberately set the tables in their favor; to a great degree.If every company, more specifically every PERSON does whats best for THEMSELVES, then the market will fall apart just as the world will.More money will not bring these business owners happiness, but rather further frustration.Once you surpass whats important and actually vital to your existence, the rewards rapidly diminish.Instead of looking out for yourself in order to make the most money possible, why not look out for one another and this place will be a whole lot happier and maybe last.
luvhuffer said:
That's all fine and good, but us po boys are gonna wait till the price of DDR3 comes down, and something comes down the line that will differentiate the new from older chip sets. Early reviews weren't too excited about the performance differences between the 38's and 48's. I'm far enough behind that I just got a P35 board, benched it, and went back to my 965. I'll just wait and see what the early adopters have to say on the forums. I'm not putting much stock in site reviews anymore. It seems everyone has their bias's. As for those whining in these comments about the makers/suppliers, I mean come on guys. You seem to think this is new conspiratorial behavior everytime something new comes out.
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