The X48-based motherboards will come with improved functionality, such as native support for Intel's highest-end LGA771 processors built on the 45-nanometer technology, as well as DDR3-1600 memory and FSB 1600 MHz support. Additionally, Intel will also release the P45 chipset during the second quarter of 2008, but will also be late to the show, as the most important motherboard manufacturers have already introduced their P45-based motherboards.
Just in case you were wondering where the rush is, you probably should know that Nvidia is gearing up for the next week's launch, when it will introduce the long-awaited nForce 790i SLI and 790i SLI Ultra chipsets, the worst enemies of Intel's X48. The threat was imminent, and Intel had no other option but give motherboard manufacturers the green light for shipping their X48-based motherboards, before they get Nvidia competition.
The motherboards released by Asus and Gigabyte are just the first wave of products built around Intel's highest-end chipset. More X48-based products are expected to hit the market in a short while from other major motherboard manufacturers, such as MSI and DFI.
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