Intel Lynnfield Core i7-870 and Core i5-750 Processor Review
The P55 chipset is the new accomplice
With nearly every new processor generation comes a new platform and chipset to support it from Intel. It is one of the keys to Intel's success over the years: stable and reliable chipsets from day one. The Lynnfield release is no different and the P55 chipset is stepping in to take its place by Lynnfield's side.
More than likely you have been hearing and seeing P55 motherboards for some months now - PC Perspective has posted 4 unique previews and numerous news posts about products based around the P55 chipset. And in reality, the P55 chipset doesn't really have anything new or exciting to offer the consumer:
As I mentioned on the previous pages the chipset communicates with the processor via a 2 GB/s DMI connection - somewhat constraining for future technologies like SATA 6G but should suffice most users for the duration of the processor's life.
The X58 chipset diagram already looks wildly different than the P55 variant
As far as retail P55 product goes, we have literally been swimming in it.
The best part about these new P55 motherboards will be the price. While X58 motherboards are still hard to find under $200, there will be MANY available on day one for $150 or so. You can expect a whole room full of P55 motherboard reviews to be on PC Perspective in the coming weeks!