I intend to build a system within the next month. I am going to start with an E6600 and I expect to upgrade in about 2 years. I need to be fairly confident that the motherboard I buy now will still be able to support the future Penryn cpus (or Wolfdale... Yorkfield... whatever) with a 1333 FSB.
Can anyone recommend a board currently on the market that will satisfy this need?
All I have been able to figure out is that the recently announced bearlake chipset may be just what I'm looking for... but I confess that I don't really understand what this bearlake chipset is all about. Can we expect motherboards that have this chipset to be on the market within a month? Would this be as 'future-proofed' as you can get?
I don't think Intel have even confirmed this. They really are annoying about this stuff. It will probably be a case of: well, it will work, but it won't work that well, a bit like core2duos on the older chipsets about now.
Well that thread is more related to waiting for Bearlake, whereas what I'm truly interested in is whether the current 965, 975 or 680i-based motherboards will support the upcoming 45nm core CPUs... And that's sort of the OP's question too from what I can tell.
I too was screwed over a bit cause my 925XE chipset mobo (capable of 1066FSB no less) couldn't take anything past the crappy Prescotts and Ds. Now I was hoping to take a gradual upgrade path - get a new mobo whilst using my current Prescott and get a 45nm chip once I can.
Has anyone heard anything about whether existing boards will function with the new CPUs with just a BIOS upgrade hopefully?