Intel's Next-Generation Enthusiast Platform Taking Shape

While basic features of Intel's next-generation desktop platform based on code-named Bloomfield processors are commonly known, more precise, but still rather general, specifications were kept under wraps. Apparently, the chipset that will enable Intel's forth-coming high-end platform is called Intel X58 and will support one physical central processing unit (CPUs) as well as up to four graphics processing units (GPUs).

According to slides, which resemble those that come from Intel Corp., published by Expreview web-site, Intel's next-gen high-end desktop Intel X58 chipset will consist of X58 PCI Express bridge as well as ICH10 input/output controller hub. The X58 is projected to feature four PCI Express 2.0 memory controllers to support two graphics cards with two PCIe 2.0 x16 slots or four graphics cards with four PCIe 2.0 x8 slots.

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The article is about Bloomfield Cpu's not nehalem cpus - Bloomfield won't work in existing boards as they are a new socket design (1366 LGA) and fsb has been replaced with QPI - Basically this is the next step for Intel and some sources think this will be a jump in tech similar to going from single to dual core cpu's

Bloomfield is the codename for Desktop CPUs based on the Nehalem architecture. So yes, it IS about Nehalem.
The Nehalem is going to be using Intel Quickpath interconnect instead of FSB so it's definitely not going to be compatible with older mobos. (Unless they release low-end Nehalems that use FSB on lga775 (rumor))

(kronik said @ #1)
is this what we are going to be be needing to run our Nehalem processors? if so can't wait.

No, nehalem cpus will work on all current and next gen platforms mainstream and low end included, this is just the new (wouldnt call it nextgen really) high end stuff , much like curent x38 and x48

I don't think nehalem will work on anything older than x58. Intel is moving to lga1336 from lga775 with nehalem and x58, and all current hardware will become incompatible with new procesors.

(Yogurth said @ #1.2)
I don't think nehalem will work on anything older than x58. Intel is moving to lga1336 from lga775 with nehalem and x58, and all current hardware will become incompatible with new procesors.

Nehalem has an onboard memory controller and clock generator, so it can't be compatible with existing boards. There is no more FSB with these chips.

Unfortunately, in addition to the benefits, Intel can now prevent overclocking as well. They have already announced that speeds will be locked on low-end Nehalems using the internal clock generator, and there won't be any FSB hacks to speed them up since the chip doesn't use the motherboard to set the speed anymore.

But since Nehalem will be very slow to gain widespread use due to the cost and incompatibility, there will most likely be new 775 chips released until 2010. You're really not going to need that much speed to begin with, so you might as well not worry about it now. Save up for a new graphics card or two instead... and SSD drives.

You're really not going to need that much speed to begin with, so you might as well not worry about it now.

How do you know?