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  Intel Socket-775 platform, what to expect? 
  Jun 16, 2004, 07:30am EDT 

Introduction, Dawn of the New

By: Dan Mepham

Never before has Intel made so many changes when launching a new platform and many argue that they're frantically betting it all on one horse, and by the looks of it that notion isn't even that far fetched. Let's take a moment to offer a brief synopsis of what Intel has in store for us in the next few weeks and what'll be introduced soon. Intel will be introducing two new chipset families soon, the 915 G/P Express, and 925X Express. Both chipsets feature Intelís new 775-pin Socket-T, and support the new PCI Express bus. 925X Express (formerly known as Alderwood) is targeted at the high-end market, and supports DDR2 memory only, while the 915 family (otherwise known as Grantsdale) is aimed at mid-range consumers, and offers both DDR and DDR2 support, in addition to on-board video with some models.

On the processor front, a host of new models are being introduced in the form of the new Intel Pentium 4 Processor 5xx series for Socket-775 platforms. The flagship model is the Pentium 4 Processor 560, with 550, 540, 530, and 520 models introduced as well. These processors are all based on the Prescott core, and feature an 800 MHz front-side bus, 1 MB of L2 cache, and Hyper-Threading technology. Essentially these are Socket-775 versions of existing Pentium 4 processors. Intel is also releasing a Socket-775 version of its Pentium 4 Processor Extreme Edition at 3.40 GHz as well. For your convenience, below is a summary of the new processors that'll be available at introduction.

Note that this is the end of the line for Socket-478 as a high-end platform, and so the 3.4 GHz, either the Prescott of the 3.4GHz Extreme Edition, model introduced a few months ago will be the final Pentium 4 speed grade released for Socket-478, as we reported then. New 90nm Celeron processors will continue to be introduced on the Socket-478 platform for some time, as will Celeron processors for the Socket-775 platform. Unfortunately Celeron processors is all that will be available to Socket-478 users that want to upgrade to a faster processor. We're very sorry to see Socket-478 being abandoned by Intel however, as there's plenty of life, and clockspeed headroom left to scale upwards. Socket-775 has its own set of problems, that we already reported on earlier and will get back to once Intel has officially released all of their new technology. But it is safe to say that Socket-775 could very well become an upgrade nightmare, both for home users, as well as system integrators and OEMs.

1. Sunset of an Era
2. Introduction, Dawn of the New
3. Summary of Features

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