Intel X38 Express Chipset
Desktop PC platforms based on the Intel® X38 Express Chipset, combined with either the Intel® Core™2 Duo, Intel® Core™2 Quad or Intel® Core™2 Extreme processors establish a new standard for performance. Designed with headroom and engineering passion, the Intel X38 Express Chipset supports new dual-channel DDR3 memory technology, next generation dualX16 PCI Express 2.0 and Intel® Extreme Tuning to unleash exceptional performance in today’s gaming application.
The Intel X38 Express Chipset adds a new chapter to the lntel® chipset legacy and establishes new levels of performance with headroom and capabilities designed specifically to deliver the fastest platforms. The X38 Express Chipset achieves this by supporting Intel® next-generation 45nm dual- and quad-core processors, enabling increased system bandwidth by supporting industry-leading technologies, such as 1333 MHz DDR3 memory, 1333 MHz system bus speed and PCI Express* 2.0, to keep up with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo and Intel Core 2 Quad processors. Intel® Fast Memory Access and Intel® Turbo Memory further improve performance, while removal of overspeed protection1 and ability to easily tune the system for optimum performance nable extreme power users to achieve performance levels beyond its industry-leading baseline performance.
With the growing imbalance between CPU and memory performance, t is critical to optimize the memory controller design to obtain the maximum possible performance from the memory subsystem. The redesigned Intel® X38 Express Chipset Memory Controller Hub (MCH) architecture significantly increases overall system performance through the optimization of available bandwidth with the new 1333 MHz system bus and reduction of memory access latency with Intel Fast Memory Access. These technology breakthroughs result in optimized system architecture ith built-in intelligence, greatly improving system memory performance.
The updated MCH also includes support for Intel 45nm next-generation Intel® Core™2 processor family and wider internal data buses that support dual-channel DDR3 memory technology at 1333 MHz.