As we near the fourth quarter of the year, Intel's X58 chipset is almost ready to be unveiled to the public. Made for the upcoming Nehalem family of processors from Intel, now rechristened Core i7, the new chipset will have a 1366-pin socket for these new processors and also a new QuickPath Interconnect technology, including an onboard memory controller supporting triple-channel DDR3.
ASUS has sent us an early version of one of its X58 motherboards, the ASUS P6T Deluxe, which was previously mentioned here. This motherboard will support up to 24GB of DDR3-1333 memory, thanks to its six DIMM slots. It will also have features like a Serial Attached SCSI controller to support higher-end SAS hard drives for power users who desire enterprise class performance.
Other proprietary ASUS technologies and features, like its ExpressGate, Stack Cool 2 and a new unique thermal heatsink design will aim to attract enthusiasts when the ASUS P6T Deluxe is officially released in the coming weeks. Before we get a Core i7 and start testing this board, here's a pictorial preview of what to expect: