Intel scales new heights with 965 chipset

Intel has announced the launch of its latest 965 Express series chipset family for desktops, which it claims are its fastest ever on record. Not only have the chipsets been released, but the products have already started shipping around the world.

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By  Andy Tillett Published  June 12, 2006

Intel has announced the launch of its latest 965 Express series chipset family for desktops, which it claims are its fastest ever on record. Not only have the chipsets been released, but the products have already started shipping around the world. Under the moniker of 'scaling new heights' - to tie in with the launch being held at Taipei 101, the world's tallest habitable building - a stoked team of Intel execs had a packed room whooping and clapping as the full specifications of the chipset were detailed. The 965 family features three models, the G965, P965 and Q965 chipsets, which are a beak through for Intel, as they are the first chipsets the company has manufactured using 300 millimetre wafers. The chips are also developed especially for use with Intel's new Core Duo 2 processors. Together they produce formidable performance according to the company; with one executive declaring that the combination produces the 'fastest [commercially available] machine on the planet.' While the P965 and G965 chipsets are developed to appeal to the home user, with the G965 chipset particularly geared for use in a multimedia home environment with faster graphics performance, the Q965 model is targeted at businesses. All of the chipsets utilise Intel's Fast Memory Access technology and updated Graphics Memory Controller Hub (GMCH) backbone architecture, which the vendor says significantly increases overall system performance through optimisation of bandwidth and reduction of memory access latency. Intel also claims its updated GMCH and Fast Memory Access also include wider internal data buses that support dual channel DDR2 memory technology at up to 800Mhz (up to 12.8 Gbytes/sec of peak memory bandwidth for greater platform performance and more memory flexibility.

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