Lynnfield mobos on the march
Core i7 & i5, meet P55 & LGA 1156
Now that Intel's Lynnfield chips have been officially released, motherboard makers are rushing their consumer and enthusiast boards into the eager hands of waiting customers.
Although sample quantities of the boards have been available for some time - along with sample Core i7 and Core i5 Lynnfield chips - today marks the beginning of what may very will be a mass migration to Intel's P55 Express chipset and the LGA1156 socket.
MSI is offering four P55-based mobos, each of which features the company's OC Genie push-button auto-overclocking technology, which allows even non-techie newbies to break their Lynnfield processors' posted speed limits.
Gigabyte offers six Lynnfield-capable mobos, each featuring the company's Smart 6 system-management utilities. Among the six smart utilities in Smart 6 is the nifty DualBIOS technology, which provides a backup BIOS chip should your fiddling with your primary BIOS wreak crash-worthy havoc.