Intel 845PE/GE, SiS
648 Mainboards 1st RoundUp
Today, Intel announces two new chipset, a discrete and an integrated chipset. The two new chipsets are 845PE and 845GE.
Intel® 845PE Chipset
The Intel® 845PE chipset is the newest discrete chipset for the Pentium® 4 processor, and was developed with DDR333 memory so you can be confident that this platform offers a complete, robust solution for a broad range of demanding computing needs.
Intel® 845GE Chipset
The Intel® 845GE chipset, with an even faster version of the revolutionary new Intel® Extreme Graphics core, is a great choice for users who want both superb graphics quality and outstanding performance overall. Systems based on the 845GE chipset add DDR333 memory support and offer the latest digital entertainment without the complexity and cost of an add-in graphics card.
As we all know, 845PE and 845GE are the improved version of the 845E and 845G chipsets that was announced a couple of months ago. With the official support of DDR333, it would definitely speed systems up. While SiS and VIA has support for 8x AGP and ATA133, you would noticed that on both the 845PE/GE chipsets, there is no ATA133 and AGP 8X support. The good news is that 845PE and 845GE will support the future 3GHz+ CPU with Hyper Threading technology.
In the next few pages, we will review a few of the early Intel 845PE/GE boards we received for review. They are Intel D845GERV2 (i845GE), ASUS P4GE-V (i845GE), GIGABYTE 8PE667 (i845PE). In the benchmarks to follow, we will compare it to the Gigabyte 8SG667 (SiS 648).
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