COMPUTEX – Intel has introduced its latest chipset for desktop motherboards, the P45. It supports frontside bus speeds up to 1333MHz and DDR3 memory up to 1066MHz, and comes with the new Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (ETU). ETU is supposed to bring overclocking to the mainstream.
The Intel P45 is targeted at the mainstream audience. It supports the latest 45nm dual- and quad-core Intel processors. Key supported technologies include dual-channel DDR2 and DDR3 memory support, PCI Express 2.0 support, and Intel Turbo Memory.
The P45 supports two PCI Express lanes for dual graphics card support (2×8 configuration). The chipset is compatible with the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility, which is designed to bring overclocking to the mainstream. Intel is actually encouraging overclocking with this utility, advertising that it “enables power users to achieve performance levels beyond its industry-leading baseline performance.”
Intel P45 chipset diagram
The Intel P43 chipset was announced alongside the P45 at Computex; it is identical to the P45 with the exception that it only supports one PCI Express graphics card slot.