The most popular chipset of 1st half year of 2007 must be Intels P35 + ICH9R.
So, X38 should be the most eye-catching chipset in the 2nd half year of 2007.
The differences between X38 and P35 are PCI-E 2.0 and Crossfire bandwidth as x16 + x16.
X38 is mainly support DDR3 memory. Some 1st tier manufacture has launched their X38 mobo around October.
After a month, DFI also launched their X38 motherboard too.
Meanwhile, DDR3 is relatively expansive.
Therefore, DFI mix and match X38 with DDR2 for a higher C/P ratio product.
The new model of X38 is a LANParty LT series.
They uses mostly white and blue color to light up the package box with some special clothing.
The menu, Driver CD, Cables, IO shield.
The audio part, they features Bernstein audio module, which uses ALC885 high definition codec.
The north bridge heat sink
DFI provides a high-level thermal paste- SHIN-ETSU X23-7783D
As per last model LP680i, this one can also add a fan on the heat sink too.
DFI LANParty LT X38-T2R motherboard:
The lower left of the board
*a total of three PCIe x16 slots (3way crossfire or a crossfire + physics render card)
1 x PCIe x1 slot
3 x PCI slots
Below VIA chipset, is the connecting port of Bernstein audio
The lower right:
8 x SATA II (ICH9R + JMB 363)
ICH9R supports RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5
JMB363 supports RAID 0, 1
The upper right:
4x DIMM DDRII support 667/ 800/ 1066.
The upper left:
LANParty series keep using 8-phase digital PWM for CPU power supplying.
I know you can order a Transpiper separately.