Guide to X48 Motherboards.

Although many computer enthusiasts can figure out what CPU is best suited to their requirements simply by comparing various features such as number of cores and frequency, matching them to a motherboard is a much more difficult task. There seem to be countless motherboards for each socket and chipset combination, thus it is often well nigh impossible to figure out which motherboard / CPU combination is the best for you. If you consider yourself an enthusiast or prosumer power user and are building a top of the line new Intel system, you not only are likely using a Core 2 Quad or Duo (or Extreme versions of those CPUs), but you'll want a motherboard built around the brand new X48 chipsets. Since the X48 chipset features many advanced features which are not suitable for the vast majority of systems out there, here is a list of popular X48 motherboards that will suit most extreme computer power users and overclockers.

ASRock X48TurboTwins-WiFi

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 6 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR3 1600 / DDR2 1066

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2

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Asus P5E Deluxe X48

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR2 1200 (O.C) / 1066

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2

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Asus P5E3 Premium / WiFi-AP

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR3 2000 (OC) / 1800 (OC) / 1600

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 3 x PCIe x16 (blue @PCIe 2.0 x16 mode, black @PCIe x4 or x1 mode)

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Asus P5E64 WS Evolution

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR3 1800 (O.C.) / 1600 (O.C.) / 1333

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 4 x PCIe x16 (@ x16, x16, x4, x4)

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Asus Rampage Formula

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR2 1200 (OC) / 1066 / 800

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2

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DFI LANParty DK X48-T2RS

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR2 800

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2

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DFI LP LT X48-T2R

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR2 800

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2

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DFI LANParty UT X48-T3R

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR3 1333

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2

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DFI LANParty UT X48-T2R

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR2 800

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

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ECS X48T-A

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR3 1600

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2

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Foxconn BlackOps X48

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR3 1600

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 3

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Gigabyte GA-X48-DS4

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR2 1200

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2

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Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR2 1200

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2

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Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR3 1800

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2

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Intel BOXDX48BT2

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR3 1600

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2

PCI Express x16: 1 x PCI Express x16 (electrical x4)

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MSI X48C Platinum

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Southbridge: Intel ICH9R

Number of RAM Slots: 6 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR3 1600 / DDR2 800

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2

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MSI X48 Platinum

FSB: 1600 / 1333MHz

Number of RAM Slots: 4 x 240pin

Memory Type: DDR3 1600

Maximum Memory: 8GB

Dual Channel: Yes

PCI Express x16: 2 x PCI Express x16 2 x PCI Express x4

PCI Express x1: 2

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