Still on top, but for how long?
With all the commotion concerning IntelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s upcoming Ã¢â‚¬Å“mainstreamÃ¢â‚¬ chipset, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s easy to forget that the X48 Express continues to be the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top pick. With full support for PCI-Express 2.0 graphics, the X48 already has the most significant Ã¢â‚¬Å“new technologyÃ¢â‚¬ trumpeted for its Ã¢â‚¬Å“next release.Ã¢â‚¬ But the future look even brighter for todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s high-end buyers, as the X48 offers twice the number of PCI-Express 2.0 lanes as the upcoming mainstream part. Furthermore, product maturity assures that builders can expect fewer bugs with the current range of X48 boards than they would from the initial release of next-generation parts.
The X48 Express has been around for a few months and even longer if we include the previous X38 incarnation, but that isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t keeping manufacturers from updating their product lines. Several companies are now producing updated revisions of previously released models, while a few took extra time to Ã¢â‚¬Å“perfectÃ¢â‚¬ their product. TodayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new models come from both expected and unexpected high-end motherboard manufacturers, including ASRock, DFI, ECS and Intel itself.