|Delayed or not, the X48 is still coming and it should be everything that the X38 was supposed to be (in a cvasi-perfect world). The chip is done and the QX9770 is bound to be released later this quarter so the manufacturers are starting to get their X48 offers out in the open. MSI has now presented two motherboard powered by the X48, the X48 Platinum and X48C Platinum. Both boards are roughly similar as they feature FSB 1600 MHz support, XMP, Circu-Pipe cooling and have a Dual-Channel PWM that is said to provide enhanced power efficiency, something that seems to be a popular focus these days.
The higher-end X48 Platinum comes with exclusive DDR3-1600 support, while the X48C has both DDR2 and DDR3 slots, it features dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and four PCI-Express x16 slots - two being x4 electrical. Both feature CrossFireX support and no SLI. The board's price tags or retail availability dates have not been announced.