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At Computex this afternoon, Intel formally announced its 3-series chipsets that were previously codenamed 'Bearlake'. We've already had a look at three different P35-based boards, which you can check out in our hardware section.

We have already seen quite a few board designs based on Intel's replacement for the ageing 975X chipset, which is now officially known as X38. However, we haven't seen the chip packaging itself until today - it's a beast that comes complete with an integrated heatspreader and the pieces are starting to come together.

Firstly, when we saw Abit last week we learned that it opted against using a heatpipe cooling solution because it was insufficient for its requirements. Instead, the company's engineers opted for an active northbridge cooler that can dissipate up to 75W. Of course, we're talking about Abit's flagship overclocking board here, so we don't think that it'll use all of that power at its default speeds and voltages.

Secondly, the IHS seems to lend itself to a chipset that's rather large because IHS' are often used to prevent cracking a chip's die. In fact, we managed to get hold of some die sizes to confirm this. The P35 northbridge, which doesn't use an IHS, has a 34mm² surface area and in comparison the X38's surface area is around 40mm², or 17.6 percent in relative terms.

This is quite a bit bigger and the increase is largely due to support for the additional 16 PCI-Express lanes - there's not much else that's different between the two chipsets...

cool http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2007/06...pset_has_ihs/1
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post #2 of 15
Anyone up for lapping your northbridge.
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How long do you suppose until someone makes it naked?
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CPu slot, Northbridge, Southbridge, all becoming power hungry maniacs.. preety soon we will be installing Three tuniq towers on a motherboard.
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And soon after that we'll be running computers the size of the FIRST computers.

Uhm... backwards?
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I can just imagine...A huge copper brick on your motherboard now. >_<
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Question is, can you afford a brick of ram on your motherboard?
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How long do you suppose until someone makes it naked?
Probably the first one to get I would imagine so that person can say they posted the first pics of it naked. Must be a pain to get off or to lap for that matter.
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post #9 of 15
Core 2 Duo = overclocking beast.

975X / P965 / 680i couldn't handle C2D's greatness.

Source of all overclocking failure lies with the northbridge.

So why are complaining about a beast of a NB that should help C2D be the monster that it is.
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post #10 of 15
Not complaining here, that looks like it will overclock about the same as the p35 which is doing great so far. The only thing is it should be easier to keep it cool since your fan should be more effective if they do a good mounting job of the IHS.

The only thing is do you think the dual x16 will effect overclocking at all.
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