First pictures of Intel's Bloomfield motherboard

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by Kougar, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. Kougar

    Kougar Techgage Staff Staff Member

    Mar 6, 2008
    First Nehalem motherboard spotted... definitely an early prototype for testing purposes, but it has a few interesting additions...

    Fudzilla has the scoop here

    I can think of a few other reasons... Anyone else notice the "Jolly Roger"? :D
  2. Rob Williams

    Rob Williams Editor-in-Chief Staff Member Moderator

    Jan 12, 2005
    Atlantic Canada
    Nice find! I'll post this in the mornings news.

    I think it's difficult to judge things on such an early sample, but things look good so far. I -really- hate the fact that the board uses a 4-Pin Molex connector though... such a major pain in the ass. Not to mention the location of the EPS12+ is in the weirdest location, kind of.

    Not sure I like the other of the memory being right at the top either, but who knows, it might work. It looks like an eATX as well... I could be wrong, but that's what it appears to be. I wonder if all Nehalem boards will be?
  3. Kougar

    Kougar Techgage Staff Staff Member

    Mar 6, 2008
    As ya said it's just a early prototype board for QC testing, usually design isn't even considered they just need a stable, working platform.

    New chipset, new socket, only accepts Nehalem Xeons, they had to make it from scratch. :) They love to silkscreen little things like that "Smackover special" comment or Jolly Roger... so I probably should read anything into them, but nonetheless its fun to contemplate that they know something about Nehalem's performance we don't... :D

    Socket reminds me of a 478/775 hybrid.
  4. sbrehm72255

    sbrehm72255 Tech Monkey

    Mar 3, 2006
    Back Woods of MO
    Board looks ATX to me, but with a picture its hard to say. I don't mind the memory up high like that, that design worked well for DFI with the Nvidia based S939 boards.

Share This Page