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Intel Bearlake Chipsets Unofficially Support Pentium 4 & Pentium D

There is no cause for alarm that Intel has removed support for Netburst CPUs
on Bearlake chipsets. In fact, the chipsets do still support but not officially
or recommended. Intel wants to push consumers to opt for Core architecture
instead which is a natural thing to do since Intel is going to discontinue
Netburst CPUs first half of this year. It is unclear how Intel is going cut off
the support for Netburst CPUs on Bearlake chipsets but we think it is probably
through the BIOS and the motherboard power circuitry design.

Intel set the FMB guideline for boards based off G33, Q33, Q35 bearlake
chipsets to meet 06A (65W) specs only therefore Intel Desktop boards like
DG33FB, DQ35MP, DQ33BU will not be able to support Netburst CPUs as well as
Quad-core processors and even Core 2 Extreme X6800 since it requires at least
75W. For Intel Desktop boards based off G35, P35 chipsets such as DP35DP and
DG35AL, they will meet 05B (105W/95W) specs therefore Quad-core processors are
supported.

As for X38 chipset, the DX38BT is designed to meet all FMB specs including
05A (130W) so Extreme Edition processors will be able to run. Definitely, next
generation 45nm quad-core Yorkfield and dual-core Wolfdale processors will run
perfectly on Bearlake. However, motherboard manufacturers will still be trying
to make their Bearlake boards compatible with Netburst CPUs.

There is no cause for alarm that Intel has removed support for Netburst CPUs
on Bearlake chipsets. In fact, the chipsets do still support but not officially
or recommended. Intel wants to push consumers to opt for Core architecture
instead which is a natural thing to do since Intel is going to discontinue
Netburst CPUs first half of this year. It is unclear how Intel is going cut off
the support for Netburst CPUs on Bearlake chipsets but we think it is probably
through the BIOS and the motherboard power circuitry design.

Intel set the FMB guideline for boards based off G33, Q33, Q35 bearlake
chipsets to meet 06A (65W) specs only therefore Intel Desktop boards like
DG33FB, DQ35MP, DQ33BU will not be able to support Netburst CPUs as well as
Quad-core processors and even Core 2 Extreme X6800 since it requires at least
75W. For Intel Desktop boards based off G35, P35 chipsets such as DP35DP and
DG35AL, they will meet 05B (105W/95W) specs therefore Quad-core processors are
supported.

As for X38 chipset, the DX38BT is designed to meet all FMB specs including
05A (130W) so Extreme Edition processors will be able to run. Definitely, next
generation 45nm quad-core Yorkfield and dual-core Wolfdale processors will run
perfectly on Bearlake. However, motherboard manufacturers will still be trying
to make their Bearlake boards compatible with Netburst CPUs.

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