Lately the introduction of every new Intel Socket 775 processor has required a new round of motherboards. With Kentsfield scheduled for a November release, a question on the minds of many readers is whether Kentsfield will work in the current Socket 775 favorites. Will a BIOS upgrade provide the support needed for Kentsfield or will we need new board upgrades to accommodate the new quad-core processor?

We asked Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, ECS, DFI, Abit, and Biostar which of their boards would support Kentsfield, and which BIOS revision was required for that support. We received replies from everyone, but DFI said it would be a few days until they could provide this information.

The rest of the companies provided a list of Kentsfield compatible motherboards, but some of the lists raised more questions than they answered. Some of the models will be familiar to readers as boards they can currently buy, but look very closely. Some of the Kentsfield compatible boards will be new revisions that will be released in October/November.

We will add the additional information when it is available to keep the list as up to date as possible, but for now this is the best information we could find on what works with Kentsfield. Keep in mind that Kentsfield is a high-end CPU, even more so than Core 2 Duo, and as a result the available boards supporting Kentsfield are definitely slanted to the high-end of Socket 775 motherboard offerings.


Abit

Abit advised that four models currently support Kentsfield:
AW9D-MAX AW9D AB9 PRO AB9

Asus

Asus provided complete details on their models and BIOS revisions that would support Kentsfield.

ASUS Kentsfield Compatible Motherboards
Model Platform BIOS Revision
P5WDG2 WS Professional Intel 975X/ICH7R BIOS 0307 and later
P5W64 WS Professional Intel 975X/ICH7R BIOS 0116 and later
P5W DH Deluxe Intel 975X/ICH7R BIOS 1403 and later
P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP Intel P965/ICH8R BIOS 0709 and later
P5B Deluxe Intel P965/ICH8R BIOS 0709 and later
P5B Intel P965/ICH8 BIOS to be released
P5B-E Intel P965/ICH8R BIOS to be released
P5B-E Plus (No US Model) Intel P965/ICH8R BIOS 0108 and later
P5B-V Intel G965/ICH8 BIOS 0403 and later


MSI

Version 2 of the 975X Platinum is also called the MSI 975X Platinum PowerUp Edition. This model, MS-7246, was recently introduced to support Core 2 Duo and is a different model than the older MSI 975X Platinum, which is also called MS-7246, but does not support either Core 2 Duo or Kentsfield.

MSI Kentsfield Compatible Motherboards
Description Model # BIOS Revision
975X Platinum V.2 MS-7246 BIOS V7.2 or later
P965 Platinum MS-7238 BIOS V`1.1 or later
P5N Diamond MS-7320 NO BIOS Update Needed
P5N Platinum MS-7350 NO BIOS Update Needed

It appears recent MSI 975X and 965 boards will have no problem supporting Kentsfield Quad Core processors.

Gigabyte, ECS, Biostar . . .
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  • Imaginer - Friday, September 29, 2006 - link

    Will it be supported with the RD600? Reply
  • bob661 - Friday, September 29, 2006 - link

    quote:

    Will it be supported with the RD600?
    Reading skills are lacking with this one.
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  • MIDIman - Friday, September 29, 2006 - link

    Any chances for Via chipsets, such as ASRock 775Dual-VSTA? Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Friday, September 29, 2006 - link

    We have requested Kentsfield compatibility information from Asrock. Since Kentsfield is a high-end chip, it did not even consider that someone might want to use it on a very low-end board. When we get an answer we will add the information to the comments or the article. Reply
  • bob661 - Friday, September 29, 2006 - link

    Soooo only Intel chipsets are compatible with Kentsfield? No Nvidia or ATI? Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Friday, September 29, 2006 - link

    The ATI chipset for Intel is still not a production model. When and if it appears, we will be able to answer questions about Kentsfield compatibility. Current nVidia chipsets did not appear on any lists of current models that work with Kentsfield. We suspect the upcoming revision to the nVidia Intel chipset will support the quad core processor. Reply
  • bob661 - Friday, September 29, 2006 - link

    Thanks Wesley. I'll wait for the Nvidia info. Reply
  • Kougar - Friday, September 29, 2006 - link

    ...That Abit didn't get back to you. They've been touting the AW9D series as Kentsfield compatible since their launch. Surprised to see my Gigabyte DS3 made that list though. Reply

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