Because next year they are coming out with Sandy Bridge , And that will make all the I-core 7 stuff obsolete.
The Sandy Bridge will have i7 CPU's just not compatible with older sockets.
Who knows why Intel only made one X58 and the DX58SO was launched back in Q4 '08. the DX58SO didn’t have the best layout and other motherboard makers are just better at doing motherboards then Intel being better at making CPU's, setchips, SSD etc.
Intel does the "reference" design for the processor / chipset then make a production version (to help reduce the cost)
Every one else (for the most part) copies the reference design and adds additional bells & whistles since they are doing a cut & paste, their cost is much lower.
In the past, Intel focus has been to sell processors,and really didn't care who's mother board you use as long as it ran Intel silicon.
Good comments so far.
Gifford, I hear you but don't want to think of the (my) current i7 CPUs as obsolete. After discovering what one friend has in his PC (Celeron E2200) I don't think I'll be feeling to obsolete.
Yes Peter, this board has been available for almost two years now, without any sisters or brothers, therein lies my question. Yes also to the observation that Intel does not seem to mind not being the premier mother board manufacture in the business. CPUs and Chipsets still are the brains and heart of any PC and Intel certainly owns that arena IMO.
And Doc, ever the troublemaker, to even suggest that Intel provides the reference mother board and other manufactures simply cut and paste and polish? Blasphemy!! The A, E, and G fanboys are calling for your head!
Frankly, reading the seemingly never ending forum posts from PC builders about their woes with motherboards from every manufacture, it seems like a lousy business to be in.
I'll wait a bit before marking my question answered.
During this Quarter (q4/2010) intel will release another 2 X58 motherborads. The model numbers come as follows:
If you google it you will find little infos regarding these 2 new motherboards...
It is a whole different motherboard......take a look to the following link (in german) just to see the pictures to get the idea of DX58SO2....
I managed to find this short brochure in pdf, can barely recall how I got there but here it is:
Looks like Intel is one-upping the big-boys in the motherboard world. What's this I see, UEFI? The new reference is coming??