Not the most Earth shattering news ever, but something for a quiet Friday afternoon at least. Intel have made live their official G35 Express chipset specification page which shows the X3500 IGP supporting DirectX Shader Model 4.0.
It wouldn't normally be news at all, but Intel's DirectX specification support in recent IGPs hasn't always been that clean cut. They recently added hardware support for VS processing to X3000/X3100 products via a driver update, for example.
The chipset sports IHC8 variants as the I/O processor, rather than ICH9, PCI Express 1.1 support, a new memory controller that the IGP can make better use of, and the IGP has native support for HDMI and HDPC.
It's just a shame Intel have no discrete graphics boards to augment the IGP, since as a triple head display user I'll need three outputs, and Vista limits me to one installed driver for all graphics processors. Otherwise I'd have been first in line for the first G35 Express board with 8 SATA ports, dual-link DVI and a PCIe x16 port for the Intel graphics AIB.Intel, G35 Express, Chip, Shader Model 4.0, X3500 IGP, DirectX, Motherboards