One of the last supporters of the LGA775 'cause,' Intel's P45 chipset will make its official debut in a couple of weeks but just like it happened to the P35, P45 motherboards are jumping the gun a bit. In addition to appearing in several previews, P45 boards have now started to arrive in stores with a quick look over Europe resulting in at least two finds.
Intel's own DP45SG board is now listed by several online stores in both retail and bulk versions. Offering the "basic" needs of new Core 2 Duo/Quad/Extreme processors and equipped with DDR3-1066 memory support, the DP45SG can be found priced as low as 112.82 and 116.86 Euro, these being the tags for the bulk and retail packages respectively.
Those who want more from the new P45 can find MSI's P45 Diamond for 213.75 Euro. The intimidating price comes from the heap of features included in MSI's highest-end P45 product - the air/water combo cooling system, enhanced overclocking capabilities, the DDR3-2000 support, extra SATA connectors and more. Still, the price is a bit high so hopefully it will go down once the P45 is released and more boards are made available.