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Intel plans to launch two new entry level chipsets in Q3 this year to replace the current 946GZ/PL and 945G chipsets. Intel G31 Express and P31 Express support the current Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors as well as the upcoming 45nm Yorkfield and Wolfdale. Both chipsets support 1066FSB and 1333FSB subsequently in Q1'08 upon validation, DDR2-800 memories up to 4GB and allow one x16 PCIe slot for discrete graphics. However, the new chipsets are paired with the older ICH7 southbridge. The Intel G31 Express also comes with integrated Intel GMA 3100 graphics like G33, Q33 and Q35 chipsets.
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Glad to hear it. While the 945 chipset has been a workhorse for several years, it's starting to get a little long in the tooth.

Good call on the ICH7 SB too, since budget users will likely still need PATA support
    
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Glad to hear it. While the 945 chipset has been a workhorse for several years, it's starting to get a little long in the tooth.

Good call on the ICH7 SB too, since budget users will likely still need PATA support
Yea what happens when the X38 chipset boards are out if not out already will they have PATA? If not how do we reformat and install games..
     
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Yea what happens when the X38 chipset boards are out if not out already will they have PATA? If not how do we reformat and install games..
Simple my good sir, we use SATA optical drives, if that is what you were questioning.

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Yea what happens when the X38 chipset boards are out if not out already will they have PATA? If not how do we reformat and install games..
The P965 chipset did not have PATA, but most Motherboard manufacturers put a PATA controller on for us (JMicron or something similar).
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The P965 chipset did not have PATA, but most Motherboard manufacturers put a PATA controller on for us (JMicron or something similar).
Correct, and I believe even Intel caved in and put a stand alone PATA controller on their P965 boards. These new chipsets are destined for a lot of low end computers I suspect, like e-machines or budget Dell's, so Intel most likely went with the ICH7 to maximize profits. And since most of those computers' owners won't even know what RAID is, there's no need for the newer tech.
    
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Oh nice... PC stores here don't have SATA optical drives yet.. so I wondered.
     
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Thats great news!
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Oh nice... PC stores here don't have SATA optical drives yet.. so I wondered.
Or one of these would do it.
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