intel mobo roadmap Additional details on Intels Z68 and Patsburg models

It didn't take long for additional details to make its way online about Intel's Z68 motherboards that we wrote about earlier today and now a slide detailing both models have appeared over at Xfastest which gives a lot more details than what we'd seen so far. It also gives us a few additional details of Intel's upcoming consumer focused Patsburg chipset models codenamed Siler and Thorsby that we wrote about a few weeks ago.

It didn't take long for additional details to make its way online about Intel's Z68 motherboards that we wrote about earlier today and now a slide detailing both models have appeared over at Xfastest which gives a lot more details than what we'd seen so far. It also gives us a few additional details of Intel's upcoming consumer focused Patsburg chipset models codenamed Siler and Thorsby that we wrote about a few weeks ago.

Also on the roadmap are details of Intel's first H61 model, the DH61AG which is a mini-ITX board. Although the H61 chipset is Intel's budget chipset, this board has a few extra features that you don't normally get as standard with it, such as SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 support. The board will also sport DVI and HDMI connectivity and SO-DIMM slots, the latter most likely to save space on the PCB. It's also interesting to note that Intel labels this as a thin-AIO (All-in-One) board which means it might be a low profile board.

As for the Z68 boards, first up we have the media focused DZ68DB which will offer USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps connectivity as well as DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connectors. It's clear that this isn't the board most people have been waiting for, but if you want an ATX size board that has a good selection of display outputs alongside overclocking abilities and RAID support, this might be the one for you.

The board that is interesting in this case is the DZ68BC which again sports USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps, but it also offers a pair of x16 PCI Express slots (in dual x8 configuration), a feature that should appeal to high-end users and the reason why this board is located in Intel's Extreme range of boards. The DZ68BC also offers Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity via a USB adapter (a feature Intel is already offering on some of its other boards) and it does of course feature overclocking and RAID support. There's no mention of any display outputs on this board, although we'd guess there is at least one port on the board.

intel mobo roadmap Additional details on Intels Z68 and Patsburg models

As for the Patsburg boards, well, still no model number, but the Siler model is now listed as the DXxxSI so all that's left for Intel to insert is the expect 68 or 78 numbers in the middle (for X68 or X78) depending on what the company decides it want to call its next high-end chipset. The Thorsby is now the DXxxTO and shared features between the two models include dual x16 PCI Express slots, although it might be worth pointing out that these are PCI Express 3.0 slots and both boards also sports eight DIMMs (four more than we expected), USB 3.0 connectivity, most likely SATA 6Gbps even though it isn't mentioned, but it's part of the chipset spec and of course overclocking and RAID support. The DXxxSI also offers dual Ethernet ports, most likely of the Gigabit variety and the DXxxTO sports a TPM module.

It's interesting that Intel has chosen to go with eight DIMMs, as this means two DIMMs per channel as the LGA-2011 Sandy Bridge-E processors use quad channel memory. However, as the memory controller will throttle the memory speed if you add more than one DIMM per channel, this seems like a bad move on a consumer motherboard as it could have a potential negative impact on the system performance. Pictures that leaked of a somewhat blurred out MSI board about a month ago showed that MSI had decided to go with only one DIMM per channel for a total of four DIMMs and we're not sure why Intel didn't do the same.

According to this roadmap we're looking at the H61 chipset to arrive fairly shortly and the Z68 towards the end of this half of the year, at least if the scale is corresponding to launch dates. This falls in line with what we said in our earlier post today with most Z68 chipset boards launching at Computex. As for the Patsburg based boards, well, it looks like we're in for a longer wait here and we're hearing late Q3 or early Q4, suggesting a potential IDF San Francisco launch in September. So for all of those of you waiting for new chipsets and motherboards, sadly you're going to have to wait a bit longer as Intel doesn't seem to be in too much of a hurry at the moment.

Source: Xfastest