Intel’s 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 company’s 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.