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Intel to Start Shipping P55 Motherboards in July

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Seems as though it may be possible that P55 motherboards compatible with Intel's Core i5 CPUs (Lynnfield) may actually start shipping in July.

Core i5 processors are based on the same Nehalem architecture that Core i7 is based upon, but come equipped with integrated dual-channel DDR3 memory controller as well as integrated graphics. The graphics will be based on existing Intel graphics solution, and not Intel's work-in-progress Larrabee.

On that note, many motherboard manufacturers are already showing off samples of LGA 1160 socket based motherboards, anticipating that Intel will begin to ship its LGA1160 CPUs sometime in July. These P55 boards will be the first to support Lynnfield Core i5 CPUs and will support the Clarksdale CPUs as well. This is good news for consumers who want to pinch pennies, as the Corei7s are not flying off store shelves as many have hoped and the cheaper Nehalem more than likely is a better financial choice.

It's speculated that many of these P55 motherboards will make an appearance in the final form at Computex in June, one month before Intel is suppose to release Core i5 CPUs. Of course, Intel may very well push back the release date, thus forcing motherboard manufacturers to do the same, as Intel originally said the chip would launch in late 2009.

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    scarpa , March 4, 2009 7:49 PM
    I don't see any reason to buy a CPU with integrated graphic chips from Intel because Intel graphic chips are incredibly slow, for that there are motherboards with integrated graphics.

    Intel is once again launching a product that is not suited for the market, like they did with the i7.

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    The_Blood_Raven , March 4, 2009 8:02 PM
    Wow, July is a little late for this release considering i7s premium could be taken out largely by cheaper motherboards.
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    1raflo , March 4, 2009 8:54 PM
    so correct me if im wrong, the performance expected with th i5 is something in the middle of the C2D and the i7??
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    zedx , March 4, 2009 9:06 PM
    Why the integrted gfx? Lynnfield will be $240+ and such buyers will certainly opt for extern gfx. And clarksdale has gfx integrated on cpu.
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    ravenware , March 4, 2009 10:31 PM
    Intel is falling into the same boat as AMD did before the AM2 socket.

    I don't see why their going to so many different socket types on the market.

    Intel should just have 1 or 2.
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    radiowars , March 4, 2009 11:32 PM
    I'll just buy an i7, thank you.
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    joseph85 , March 5, 2009 1:53 AM
    I don't see why Intel can't just release a low-end LGA1333 board and keep it simple like that.
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    Dmerc , March 5, 2009 6:56 AM
    I bought a i7 920 4 months ago. Does anyone know if there will be an upgrade path for me a year from now or must I buy another motherboard and processor etc?
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    Anonymous , March 5, 2009 7:07 AM
    joseph85: That's right. Market needs cheap Core i7 mainboards. I wish to upgrade my computer just to increase my calculation power, but I don't need graphics at all, neither bit mobos with 3 SLI/Crossfire sockets and the hot chipset to handle them.
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    Zenthar , March 5, 2009 11:43 AM
    I though the P55 would be the "successor" to the P35/P45 line, but it seem more like Celeron vs Pentium kind of difference. I don't mind them dropping triple-channel (many benches show little improvement over dual) and SLI/Crossfire, but what bugs me is the different socket/CPU.
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    average joe , March 5, 2009 12:59 PM
    I understand them wanting to test out the system on a chip concept on a large scale before Larrabee. But I wonder how this will effect overclocking. It would be nice if they had a x55 board of some kind so I could get a true I7 and maybe forgo the expensive n200 chip or what ever drives the x58 boards up past $300. I don't really wish to have an sli/or crossfire rig. I prefer a single card or an X2 card. I hate being forced to purchase tri or quad SLI capability just to use an I7 processor.
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    dandrep , March 5, 2009 2:44 PM
    @average joe

    Both MSI and Gigabyte have X58 motherboards for under $250. Actually you can get a motherboard and 6 GB of triple channel RAM for $250-$300 if you check around.

    IMHO the problem isn't so much the price to for the components, there are definitely deals out there. The problem is the that the pre-built i7 rigs are not inexpensive. If you could get a pre-built for under a $1000 then the i7 would take off.
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    blackened144 , March 5, 2009 4:17 PM
    DmercI bought a i7 920 4 months ago. Does anyone know if there will be an upgrade path for me a year from now or must I buy another motherboard and processor etc?

    On all the Intel roadmaps I can find, your socket will support the next 2 CPUs from Intel. The 32nm Westmere and SandyBridge should both use LGA1366. However LGA775 shows us that just because they are still using that socket, doesnt necessarily mean that it will support the new CPU.
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    hellwig , March 5, 2009 5:04 PM
    What is intel thinking with a different socket? Granted LGA1366 and triple-channel DDR3 are probably expensive for a low to mid-end CPU, but a completely different socket? So someone buying a Core i5 now is stuck, there's no option to upgrade down the road.

    With AMD, I can buy a AM2+ board with a low-end Athlon X2 for < $100. Then, in the future, I can upgrade all the way to a Phenom II, changing nothing but the processor. Intel makes you buy a whole new motherboard AND additional memory to get the triple-channel working. I guess they don't see a need to offer their customers an upgrade path.
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    neiroatopelcc , March 6, 2009 7:24 AM
    What cpu is Clarksdale ? I'm not good with names. Is that like the mentioned i5 but witohut igp? With the prices for discreet graphics solutions it's pointless to go for a chip with integrated graphics, or a motherboard sporting anything less than a hd3200 or 9400m
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    Joe_The_Dragon , March 9, 2009 11:58 PM
    and on board video should have 64-128 or more side port ram as well
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    Techno-boy , July 27, 2009 11:22 AM
    LGA 1156 will not support integrated graphics or IGP but LGA 1156B and LGA 1156C would support IGP so LGA 1156 will be replaced with LGA 1156B about after 6 months later and it would not last very long and then LGA 1156B will be replace by LGA 1156C.

    It looks like Intel does not wanted its customers to use its motherboard for more than 6 or 12 months! That's a shame.

    However, AMD isn't really better because AMD still need to release RD890 and S880 chipsets and they will do it in January 2010.

    Maybe Intel is waiting for AMD to catchup or something in 2010 so Intel is not going to be very innovative and releasing tech that will be obsolete soon.
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    Techno-boy , July 27, 2009 11:27 AM
    Maybe because Intel P57 motherboards would also be release at 2010 time frame so this is why there are LGA 1156B and LGA 1156C? Maybe all P55 motherboards does not support IGP after all but it should be P57 which is the one that would support IGP or Integrated Graphics.
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    Techno-boy , July 27, 2009 11:31 AM
    Anyway, I would not certainly buy these P55 motherboards and not even LGA 1366 motherboard and not also AM3 780FX motherboard. It would be better for me to wait for either P57 / LGA 1156B / LGA 1156C / RD890 motherboards in 2010 perhaps. This would delay my PC build much more. Darn!