Motherboards - Published on Sunday, 14 September 2008 21:03 Written by Gustav Gager, Jonas Forsell
Four different manufacturers have done their best to create the best Intel P45 motherboard on the market. We have taken a closer look at the boards with DDR2 support to see if they are a worthy upgrade for those leering at Intel's new 45nm processors.
The world's largest processor manufacturer, Intel, has a firm hold of the processor market with its Core 2 series. This wasn't only because of the performance of the processor but also the chipsets the accompanied them. With good performance and Crossfire support, Intel has made a series of chipsets that fits almost everyone. The only company that has almost managed to keep up with Intel, is NVIDIA, mainly because SLI doesn't work on Intel's chipsets.
First there was P965. Intel took everything that was good with P965 and made it a little bit better and then we had P35, which was designed as a mid-range circuit to make way for the high-end X38. Intel released the X48 chipset shortly afterwards and since then Intel has also released the latest mid-range chipset P45.
We had the world's first Intel P45 review here at NordicHardware. The card in question was from ASUS, but today every manufacturer have a whole range of motherboards based on Intel's P45 and ICH10 chips. We have collected perhaps the most interesting P45 motherboards from all the major manufacturers and tested them to give you the answer to the question: Which is the best P45 motherboard of today?
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