And why so many of these boards are micro-ATX form factor, I don't know. I would want regular ATX size.
When it comes to USB-3, there doesn't seem to be any 6-series (Couger) chipsets that have it, despite reading reports that came out in Q1 2011 that Intel was going to have USB-3 in some Couger point (6-series) chips (did that ever happen?). So now the candidates for "the last, best" motherboard for XP seems to be 7-series (Panther point).
But wait! I then come across questions as to whether or not there are USB-3 drivers for XP for 7-series chipsets. The answer seems to be - no! ?
So now I ask: Are there any motherboards with on-board USB-3 controllers that have working XP drivers for all motherboard devices - including USB-3 ports? Even if the USB-3 controller is a third-party chip (ie a separate chip, not part of intel chipset)?
Something else I learned is that except for some Xeon's, all Intel CPU's after socket 775 have integrated graphics controller (?!) Why did they do that? Doesn't that add additional cost (and heat) to the CPU that could be totally unnecessary if the CPU is used on a board with separate graphics card? Just how good is the performance of these integrated graphics processors compared to, say, a $50 or $100 PCIe video card?
Final question: What is the current state of porting Windows 7 or Vista LGA115x chipset drivers to XP?
Edited by Nomen, Yesterday, 06:58 AM.