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New Model Names For Bearlake, A Fresh, Clear Naming Philosophy

Since Intel admitted the existence of the next-generation chipset family, it was always been the most interest that what is the finalized product name. And now, we get it. According to a Intelís chipset release schedule received from our source, itís stated that Bearlake is officially named to 3 family, a new and clear naming rule. User may much easier to recognize the product segment from its model name.

Similar naming started since 965 chipset, Q35 (Bearlake-Q) and Q33 (Bearlake-QF) are designed for the business segment, while X38 (Bearlake-X) is designed for extreme user and P35 (Bearlake-P) is designed for performance segment. The mentioned above will be released in Q2 2007. The next will be IGP included Q35 (Bearlake-G+) for performance segment and Q33 (Bearlake-G) for value segment, in which they will be released in Q3 2007.

In fact, besides X38 and Q35, the rest of the Bearlake is quite similar to 965 chipset except Bearlake supports 1333MHz FSB. For X38 and Q35, the story is quite different, as they include build-in DDR2 memory controller and support for PCI-Express 2.0.

While 1333MHz FSB Core 2 processor released in Q2 2007 together with Bearlake, where it is the only chipset supporting 1333MHz FSB, the life of 1066MHz FSB 965 chipset may be very short as a result.

It has been too long to be waited, say half and a year, X38 is the replacement to 975X chipset. Its FSB has been enhanced to supports 1333MHz, and it also has build-in DDR2 and DDR3 memory controllers which support up to DDR2-800 and DDR3-1333. Besides, PCI-Express 2 supported in X38 results in a great improvement in internal transfer rate from 2.5Gbps to a double of 5Gbps, feeding the need for future 3D application.

G35 is the first IGP with DirectX10 hardware supported. As designed for digital home, it features HDMI output with HDCP supported, and Intel Clear Video technology for Blu-Ray or HD-DVD in H.264/VC-1 HD Video. Similar to X38, both G35 and G33 also have build-in DDR2 and DDR3 controller, but a litter bit lower to DDR2-800 and DDR3-1066.

In addition, with the support of 1333MHz FSB, DDR3-1333 and PCI-Express 2.0, the intrinsic Quad-Core Yorkfield upcoming in Q3 3007 will be fully empowered to a new performance level.

Source: HKEPC

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