Asustek Declares Support for 1600MHz Processor Bus

Asustek Computer plans to enable 1600MHz quad pumped processor system bus on its mainboards based on Intel X38 core-logic, whereas earlier it was rumoured that Intel only intends to enable such speed bin for Intel X48 platform. Given that the world's largest maker of mainboards would hardly compromise stability of its products, it is unclear why Intel preps two platforms with generally similar features.

Asustek's P5E, P5E3 Deluxe and Maximus Formula (Special Edition) motherboards, which are already listed at Asus' web-site, will support processors with 1600MHz processor system bus (PSB) officially, despite of the fact that Intel has not formally introduced or announced desktop central processing units with such PSB speed-bin. According to unofficial information, processors with 1600MHz bus will be supported by Intel's X48 core-logic due out early next year, though, it is uncertain whether enthusiasts bite it, provided that they have the same features on the Intel X38.


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P5E and the Maximus Formula are DDR2 boards, how do you get 1600MHz memory bandwidth on those? P5E3 is the only board that could support 1600MHz DDR3. I assume this means the memory bus is not getting upgraded, only the FSB bus speed which would rely on a memory divider in place to reach 1600MHz.

"it is unclear why Intel preps two platforms with generally similar features"

I'm going to go with 'near monopoly' for $500


Having a motherboard which is rated for a 1600Mhz FSB means that people will have some (easy to use) head room for overclocking the penryn and wolfdale 1333Mhz chips.

lol? ASUS is smoking the same stuff VIA does... Releasing something that can't be used until next year? By that time we won't have better stuff right?

Some of us have better things to do with our money than spend it every year on the latest and greatest. This is for those of us that will still be using these motherboards a few years from now.

Shining Arcanine said,
Some of us have better things to do with our money than spend it every year on the latest and greatest. This is for those of us that will still be using these motherboards a few years from now.

lol, I agree with you
I change my MB every 3 years
but the processor may get changed after 1 or 2 years if there was a big deference