There's a similar thread posted here earlier, but no responses so I'll give it a try...
I'm considering between Gigabyte EP35-DS3P (rev 2.1) and Abit IP35 Pro for a new build. I already ordered a E8400 cpu. Does anyone know if either of these boards support the new 45nm Wolfdale procs without having to update the BIOS.
What concerns me is the IP35 Pro site doesn't even mention supporting the 45nm cpu's with the latest BIOS (14). To me, it seems Gigabyte has a better and more up-to-date BIOS history.
I know the E8400 was just released, but I'm hoping someone knows whether or not these boards will work with the original shipped BIOS.
Also if anyone has any experience with the IP35 Pro vs. the DS3P or DS4 boards, please let me know. Thanks.
The chipset supports the Wolfdales, yes. It is up to the MB manufacturer to write code into their BIOS to support the CPU microcode, has nothing to do with the chipset working out of the box. You need to find a board and check the Manufacturers site to ensure they have a BIOS revision that will support the 45nm Procs. At that point it is luck if you have a board that has "that" BIOS revision already loaded.
What do you guys think is the best mobo that supports the new 45nm wolfdales? I want to get a new one, and I was looking at the evga 780i, but 270 is a little bit too much. Any really* up to date boards that are top notch? It does not need to support SLI, but it does need to be ddr2, not ddr3. it can support both.