Foxconn first to forge Intel P35-based mobo?
Foxconn has become one of the first mobo makers to tell the world it's about to bring a board based on Intel's next-gen P35 chipset to market.
It's pipelined two products for a 4 June appearance: the Core³ P35A and the P35A-S - the latter incorporates the RAID support missing from the former, and has six 3Gbps SATA ports to the P35A's four. The P35A-S also sports a Firewire port.
In all other respects, the two boards are the same: they'll take an LGA775-connected Intel processor, from single- to quad-core, connecting them across a frontside bus clocked at up to 1333MHz - though CPUs that support that speed aren't expected until 22 July. The boards have four DIMM slots for up to 8GB of 1066MHz DDR 2 memory.
Both mainboards have a pair of x16 PCI Express slots for two graphics cards, Nvidia as well as AMD, Foxconn implied. A single x1 slot and three old-style PCI slots are available for other devices. Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1-channel HD audio, an eSATA and ten USB 2.0 ports complete the spec.
Foxconn also highlighted the boards' use of solid capacitors which, it claimed, have a much longer operational life than traditional electrolytic boys.
The P35A and P35A-S go on sale early next month. Foxconn did not provide pricing information.
Foxconn the first !?
Ummm.. Overclockers are already selling Asus P35 boards and have them in stock....
In the forums some people have already bought off of them and have posted pics and benchmark results...