Intel's 975X Expess gets the "Bearlake" upgrade
Intel will unveil the high-end version of its Bearlake-family next month â€“ the Intel X38 Express. The new Intel X38 Express replaces the 975X Express, which launched over a year ago with Intelâ€™s Presler Netburst processors. The new chipset introduces new features to Intelâ€™s high-end enthusiast and workstation platform such as PCIE 2.0 and DDR3 memory.
New to the Intel X38 Express is support for dual full-speed PCIe 2.0 x16 slots. The dual PCIe 2.0 slots are compatible with AMDâ€™s CrossFire technology for multi-GPU graphics processing. Motherboard manufacturers are also free to equip Intel X38 Express based boards with a third physical PCIe 2.0 x16 for triple-play physics. Due to chipset limitations, the third physical PCIe 2.0 x16 slot has lesser lanes, with most manufacturers opting for four lanes.