Gigabyte must have read our minds when we were thinking of our dream motherboard because the X48T-DQ6 has a feature we’ve been longing for: eight frigging USB ports! That’s just one of the things Gigabyte does right with this motherboard. Based on Intel’s DDR3, 1,600MHz FSB chipset, the X48T-DQ6 is a far better example of what a performance X48-based board should be than, well, Intel’s own implementation. It's fast and overclocker-friendly, with the safety net of an Intel chipset.
Playing the waiting game often means your proposed upgrade stays stuck in a perpetual limbo, except for those rare times when the next best thing truly is right around the corner. It appears we've reached one of those junctures, and a trifecta of new Nehalem procs already have one foot nudged out the door and ready to run. Keep reading to find out what Intel has planned, and when.
Solid State Drives are here to stay! The folks at Tom’s Hardware recently spoke to a source at Intel saying the company is sticking with the technology, despite reports to the contrary. Intel has announced some initiatives, and suggested that it would help mass produce SSD drives to help bring down prices. I myself can’t wait for reasonable capacity drives priced within my budget. There are definitely performance gains to be had with these (especially when drivers mature for them), but they have to arrive at a lower price point to be somewhat competitive with traditional hard drives. Not so easy given how cheap hard-drives are per gigabyte.
Cnet reports that Intel's upcoming Centrino 2 processors are beginning to preview at resellers, as backordered of course. HP's 6930p Toshiba's Qosmio G55 and others are among the first laptops expected to use new Intel’s latest mobile processor. Even though Intel’s "Montevina" Centrino 2 mobile platform roll out was scaled back by Intel in May, processors are still slated for July 14th. Intel may be feeling a bit of heat from AMD’s roll out of “Puma” their next generation mobile processor for the fall 'back to school' sales.
The Centrino 2 is offering low-power processors with TDPs as low as 5W. That should offer us a nice long battery life. Better graphics processing is in the cards with the inclusion of the GM45 chipset, a much needed improvement for integrated graphics laptops with Vista. Rumor has it that these CPUs will eventually have Wi-MAX support. Some earlier leaked details have processor offerings between 2.26GHz and 3.06GHz and having up to 5 cores.
Intel was quick to debunk the rumor on Friday that it would be launching its new Larrabee platform of GPU’s at Siggraph. This comes as little surprise to most of us since Intel CEO Paul Otellini announced in January of this year that Larrabee’s first sample silicon wouldn’t be ready for internal testing until late 2008. With general release slated Q4 2009 this would have been a significant deviation from plan had the rumor been true. The information on current release dates comes from Intel’s long-term roadmap and is known as “The ****** Book”.
Want to know more about Larrabee? Read more after the jump.
This week, we test the theory that absence makes the heart grow fonder and bring back the podcast crew after a two-week layoff. On the show, Tom, Will, Gordon, and Andy explain just what could have taken them away from their podcasting duties. As Maximum PC nears its 10th anniversary, we also take a look back at our greatest accomplishments... and our biggest blunders! You can add your thoughts on this subject in the comments.