AnandTech by Gary Key 975 "Come, Watson, come!" he cried. The game is afoot..." This quote from the short story, The Adventure of the Abbey Grange, by noted Scottish writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle expresses the current marketplace in regards to the Intel 975X chipset. Although motherboards based on the Intel 975x chipset have not reached the retail market yet, the game is afoot as there have been numerous product release announcements from several suppliers over the past few weeks. We recently reviewed the Asus P5WDG2-WS and Gigabyte GA-G1 975X with promising results. We have several more 975X boards on the way to us for a complete roundup in the near future. The Asus P5WD2-E Premium is a follow-up to the Asus P5WD2 Premium, which was based on the Intel 955x chipset. Both boards are targeted towards the enthusiast market along with the Asus P5N32-SLI. Due to the enhancements made on the 975X board, we can expect to see the 955X product move down to the middle of the market for the short term and then disappear based upon the performance and pricing of the 945P product line. Asus also offers the Intel 975X based P5WDG2-WS for the workstation market. read more...

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