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Why Intel i965 based motherboards are in short supply

Posted on Friday, July 07 2006 @ 03:15:07 CEST by

Intel is having some problems with its i965 motherboards:
The problem, however, isn't with the chipset itself, that part is doing well enough, but related to IDE, or lack thereof.

In a case of great timing, it seems that the ICH8 doesn't have IDE ports, and, well, there is a distinct lack of S-ATA optical drives out there. Now let me see, where have I heard that before? Ah yes, now I recall. Talk about timing.

One source tells us that Intel is roping Marvell into 'welding' a SATA/PATA PCI controller to the south bridge, something that is taking a lot of custom engineering. The problem is that the current version, the fifth, still won't boot a Linux or Windows install CD. Oops. In the irony of all ironies, Intel has to resort to using the Plextor SATA DVD drive to install an OS.
More details over at The Inq.



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