Directly outside of Intel’s lair in Hall 4 here at Computex, you will find an entire wall packed with new motherboards, many supporting the upcoming Intel Core 2 Duo processor. We managed a few moments to snap pictures of our favorites, from ABIT, ASUS, ECS, EPoX, Foxconn, Gigabyte, Intel, and MSI
Intel officially introduced the IntelÂ® P965 Express Chipset, formerly code-named "Broadwater," and said future versions, including one with graphics built in, will ship over the next two months. Combined, the Intel Core 2 Duo processor and Intel P965 Express Chipset will enable breakthrough PC performance, greater power efficiency, quieter systems and theatre-like sound quality, among other benefits.
To significantly increase PC performance, the chipset incorporates IntelÂ® Fast Memory Access, an updated Memory Controller Hub backbone architecture that optimizes the system's memory bandwidth. It also supports DDR2 or double-data rate computer memory with data transfer speeds up to 800 MHz, enabling speedy access to files and a highly responsive PC. Chandrasekher also discussed a future integrated graphics chipset, called the G965 Express Chipset. This product will include a new feature called IntelÂ® Clear Video Technology, which enhances high-definition video playback including those from personal video recorders and digital camcorders for sharper image viewing quality. All of the 965 Express chipsets enable users to add a second external drive to a PC for extra data protection, IntelÂ® High Definition Audio for theater-like sound quality and IntelÂ® Quiet System Technology to reduce system noise and heat for a much quieter, yet higher-performing PC.
These chipsets will form the basis of systems supporting the IntelÂ® Viiv™ Technology and Intel vPRO™ Technology platforms that will be increasingly powered by Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Chandrasekher also disclosed that Intel will introduce the IntelÂ® Core™ 2 Extreme processor at speeds of 2.93 Megahertz in July, and a faster 3.2 megahertz version later in the year.