Motherboard makers are annoyed as Intel revised its upcoming "3" IGP chipset series once more last week.
Friends from main board manufacturer disclosed the new specification of the next-generation G35 IGP chipset, in which the build-in HDMI interface and DDR3 support is no longer exist, but Advanced Media Capabilities are adopted instead. HDMI could be implemented by adding an add-on card only, and the most surprised change is that G35 now couples with ICH8, but not ICH9. The ever changed planning been complained throughout the whole market, leading a hard product planning for the enterprisers. In addition to the amendment, a new IGP model G31 is also announced, which is the replacement of 945G targeting on entry-level market.
Generally agreed from users, Intel’s IGP products are disappointing, at least as an example, in term of driver, HW Vertex Shader still hasn’t been enabled in G965, and its stability and compatibility are the attack points of its rivals. Some even saying that G33 may be advantaged by its specification, the selling point of graphical performance from G35 is too weak to attract user’s attention, comparatively.