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Intel to upgrade desktop chipset

Intel will release its new 865 chipset (codenamed Springdale) in Q2 of this year and it hopes it will be more than just a chip off the old block. Intel has promised plenty of features and choices to suit a variety of needs. Read on to find out about the new chipset.

Intel will release its new generation desktop chipset, the 865, in Q2 of this year. The chipset will be Intel’s mainstream replacement for the 845 chipset and Intel estimates that the 865 will comprise up to 80% of its chipset sales.

The 865 chipset will boast a long list of advanced features as standard including an 800MHz front side bus, and support for dual channel DDR RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, Serial ATA hard drive connection and an 8x AGP graphics connection. The chipset will also feature support for eight USB 2.0 ports, six channel audio and integrated graphics.

The most innovative feature is the 800MHz front side bus. This means there is 6.4GBps bandwidth available in the connection between the processor and chipset. The inclusion of dual channel DDR RAM means that the connection between the chipset and memory is just as fast, creating no logjam. There are no plans to build an 865 chipset that supports RD RAM. The 865 chipset also supports Intel’s hyper-threading technology, which is being extended to 2.4GHz, 2.6GHz and 2.8GHz Pentium 4 processors.

The 865 will come in three flavours. The 865G is the full solution complete with integrated graphics, the 865PE comes with no integrated graphics but an AGP 8x slot built-in, and the 865P will not support an 800MHz front side bus. The latter chipset will be targeted at the budget market and Intel will not manufacture motherboards based on it.

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