Inside the New Platform
In the previous article, we explored just how fast the i7 is and realized that it will not be a cheap upgrade. Today, we will see what Supermicro has brought to the table with its motherboard line-up for the i7.
To this day, there is only one chipset that supports the Core i7 processor (Intel x58), which Supermicro has introduced on eight new motherboards. In addition to the x58 chipset, the new boards will include an improved SATA Raid controller (Intel ICH10R) with at least six SATA ports. All boards will also share up to 24GB of DDR3 memory support and two Intel Gigabit LAN ports. Below, we discuss many of the other model-specific features that Supermicro brings us with this line.