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.
An article  in Tuesday's DigiTimes points to three manufacturers that the Taiwanese market-watchers call "first-tier" motherboard makers - namely Micro-Star International (MSI ), Gigabyte , and Asustek .
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.
Asustek ups the P55 ante to a full nine mobos: a pair in its Maximus III  line, six in its P7P55D  line, and the single Nvidia nForce 200-equipped and less-than-modestly named P7P55 WS Supercomputer .