Now that we’ve gone over some of the main features let’s have a look at this specific board. One of the first things that stands out is how flushed out this board is. There are three PCI express x16 slots, 2 PCI express x2 slots and a legacy PCI slot for expansion cards.
You’ll also notice how different this socket looks from all of Intel’s previous sockets. This is Intel’s new 2011 socket that we installed the new 3960X, 6 core processor into. This is Intel’s latest flagship processor that has produced some of the most amazing scores that we’ve seen so far for a consumer level processor. It’s going to be very interesting to see what the price point for these units is going to be and how well it will compare to Intel’s previous processors.
This board features a very aggressive looking thermal design and uses Intel’s Skull logo on the chipset heat sink. Overall this is one of Intel’s best looking and most flushed out boards that we’ve seen. It even has onboard power and reset switches and a post debug LED to troubleshoot boot errors. Intel has obviously put a lot of thought and effort into this board and it shows. There will be those that won’t care for the color scheme but it isn’t bad. The dark blue and black will go with most hardware and chassis that are on the market. Of course there are bound to be much more flashy designs that will be offered by the other vendors. Some of these boards will also have more features that will be geared towards different segments of the market.