Intel to launch Bearlake chipsets for desktops

Apple Store“Intel and its partners will kick of CeBIT 2007 with the launch of Intel’s Bearlake family of chipsets for desktop PCs. The new series introduces support for DDR3 memory, front side bus speeds up to 1333MHz and are designed to support Intel’s upcoming 45nm-process CPUs, the Core 2 Duo (Wolfdale) and Core 2 Quad (Yorkfield),” Ricky Morris reports for DigiTimes.

“The main chipset on show is known as the P35 and is to be positioned as the successor to Intel’s current 965 Express series for mainstream desktops, according to sources,” Morris reports. “Motherboards based on the P35 will be able to support FSB speeds up to 1333MHz (up from the 1066MHz of the 965) which will be required for several of the CPUs Intel is planning to launch in the second half of the year. The P35 also introduces support for DDR3 memory which is currently specified to run at up to 1066MHz, versus DDR2’s 800MHz, and so offers greater memory bandwidth. DDR3 also operates at just 1.5V compared to DRR2’s 1.8V.”

Morris reports, “P35-based motherboards are expected to be available in April or May.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]


  1. So, ummm… wtf? 😐

    Does this mean 24″ iMac w/ 4GB RAM.

    Currently limited to 3GB, since the chipset can’t handle more than ~3,5GB and paying your ass off for a mad expensive 2GB chip instead of 1GB chip just to get 500MB extra is kinda stupid.

    And where in the hell is the new cube? Or a Apple HTPC with gaming capabilites and new iSight HD on top of my TV?

  2. I doubt this will have any impact on the Mac Pro, which uses FBDIMM RAM, not DDR2 RAM. I don’t know if people would see FB-DIMM to DDR3 as a back step because they are along different paths of the RAM family tree, but I don’t expect apple to move back over to the DDR side in its pro line. This might have an impact on iMacs, or the mac mini if Apple ever updates it past first gen core duo.

  3. This ought to show up in a high end notebook, iMac or a new form factor, but what will Apple do for the Mac Pro? The Xeon architecture is actually falling behind here.

    Of course Apple has known for some time about the Intel roadmap, so they must have plans in place. Still, the effect on Apple’s new products is hard to guess on this one.

  4. “Which validates the 8 core Mac Pro slip up in the UK. Woohoo!”

    Different chipsets, currently the Mac Pro’s use intel’s Xeon chipset (5100 series). This article is about their desktop (non server cpu) chipsets. This chipset is also different than the imac, mbp, mb, and mac mini chipsets. Currently apple doesn’t use any of the cpus compatible with this chipset style… (conroe and kentsfield).

    I have longed for apple to switch to a desktop cpu since they started shipping intel computers… no go yet.

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