Intel DX48BT2 'Bonetrail 2' specs, ETA

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Early Q2 release.

Intel will soon be updating it's current desktop high-end motherboard, known as the DX38BT "Bonetrail", with none other than the already widely known X48 chipset.
Intel guidance points to an early Q2 release, possibly as early as April.

Being planned to enter the market at the same time as the other competing X48 solutions, the the DX48BT2 will feature the well known ICH9R and not the upcoming ICH10R. The ICH10 series will be reserved for motherboards like the DFI LanParty UT X48-T3R, expected to be available latter.
The X48 is a carefully selected X38 variant for higher FSB, pin-to-pin compatible with the X38, so this motherboard wasn't redesigned and uses the same PCB as the DX38BT.

The motherboard will feature support for dual x16 PCI-Express 2.0 slots and possibly also allow to split one of the x16 slots in half to provide 8 lanes to the third PCI-Express slot, making available a 16-8-8 lane configuration, although that is a detail still not fully known yet.
Other known features are the support for 8 SATA ports, FSB 1600MHz and official support for DDR3-1600.

Intel has built some interesting boards lately, which although trailing the likes of Asus and DFI, have proven to be more successful than what was usual from in-house designs. More concretely, the "BadAxe" 2 was a moderate success among overclockers - something not usual with Intel branded boards - due to it's good build quality and refined BIOS options for overclocking. The new motherboard may prove a good purchase if Intel manages to follow a similar philosophy with the "Bonetrail" 2.

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