Intel set to launch 5-series chipsets in First Quarter of 2010

News originated from several Taiwanese mobo makers: Intel is prepping several more mainstream chipsets to support its 45nm Lynnfield and Havendale processors. In addition to the forthcoming Intel P55 Express chipset, codenamed Ibex Peak and expecting to be launched at Q3 this year, Intel will release four more mainstream chipsets – H57, P57, Q57 and H55, in the first quarter of 2010.Report is saying a revamped version of current Intel's Turbo Memory technology, Braidwood, will be featuring in a much high-end series of the H57, P57 and Q57 chipsets. A power efficient technology sports a dedicated NVRAM controller for SSD-like read and write speeds, and promises to decrease storage usage by moving frequently accessed data over to flash memory.

According to a chart complied by HKEPC Hardware, new chipsets will feature 14 USB 2.0 slots, 8 PCI-E x1 slots, 6 SATA ports with RAID features, and up to 4 legacy PCI slots. The exception is the entry-level H55 of up to 12 USB 2.0 and 6 PCI-E x1 slots. Additionally, videos connectivity is now natively supported HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort.