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Successor of Intel 975X: Bearlake X/G+

Discussão em 'Novidades Hardware PC' iniciada por Zarolho, 20 de Agosto de 2006. (Respostas: 0; Visualizações: 1194)

  1. Zarolho

    Zarolho Power Member

    Technology is advancing that new products are too soon to be outdated. To further boost up the CPU capacity, 1333MHz FSB Intel Core based Desktop processors are going to be launched in Mid-2007. For supporting the new CPU, a new chipset corresponding to 1333 MHz FSB would be launched together. Code named Bearlake, it included Bearlake-P for mainstream and Bearlake-G for IGP market.
    Since 965 chipset supports up to 1033MHz FSB only, the born of Bearlake is an essence of 1333MHz FSB processors. Yet Sources indicate Bearlake-P/G are only a 1333MHz version of 965 chipset, without any changes except its FSB. The what we are waiting for are the high-end Bearlake-X and advanced IGP Bearlake-G+, where they will be releasing in Q3 2007.
    It has been too long to be waited, say half and a year, Bearlake-X is the replacement to 975X chipset. Its FSB has been raised to supports 1333MHz, and it also has build-in DDR2 and DDR3 memory controller which supports up to DDR2-800 and DDR3-1333. Besides, PCI-Express 2.0 will be introduced in Bearlake-X, where the internal transfer rate for single direction has been raised from 2.5Gbps to a double of 5Gbps, satisfying the need for future 3D application.

    Bearlake-X also support for dual graphic card like 975X, and it has been improved to fully support 16 lanes, reducing the chance of meeting a bottleneck. As ATi has been acquired by AMD, CrossFire may no longer be supported in Bearlake-X. Whereas, nVidia and Intel are finding new co-operation chance, SLi may be a possible outcome since nVidia has already authorized Intel for SLi support in mobile chipset.

    Besides Bearlake-X, Bearlake-G+ is what we are focusing on. It will be releasing together with Bearlake-X in Q3 2007. Bearlake-G+ is the first IGP with DirectX10 hardware supported, where G965 and Bearlake-G would get DirectX 10 supported by software only. It’s designed for home theater. Featuring HDMI output with HDCP supported, and Intel Clear Video technology for Blu-Ray or HD-DVD in H.264/VC-1 HD Video, it would provides a great HD Video processing power. Similar to Bearlake-X, Bearlake-G+ also has build-in DDR2 and DDR3 controller, but a litter bit lower. It supports up to DDR2-800 and DDR3-1066.
    According to the latest roadmap for memory module from Samsung, DDR3 is ready right now, where simples of DDR3-800/1066/1333 have been sent to related partners. DDR3 is expected to be available in Q2 2007 with 70nm manufacturing process. The transition from DDR2 to DDR3 is expected no after than 2008, and the fastest DDR3-1600 will be available in 2009.

    Compared with DDR2, DRR3 has a great advance in power consumption, where the working voltage has been lowered from 1.8V to 1.5V. The small change in voltage has already a 40% and 29% power save by comparing DDR3 1066 and DDR3 1333 to DDR2-800. It helps a lot in the life time of power for mobile products.

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