Posted on Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 18:19:17 CEST by LSDsmurf
In recent times, Intel has consistently segregated its Pentium 4 chipsets into performance and mainstream lines. The performance series used northbridges equipped with the best silicon and, consequently, optimised memory accesses between system RAM and processor. The 'lesser' model(s) made do with slightly higher latencies but was far more versatile, sporting integrated graphics and, often, a micro-ATX form factor. That's been true of the i875P/i865, i925XE/i915 series, and now, with the launch of the performance i955X Express chipset a month or so back, there just had to be a cheaper, versatile chipset for the masses. The numbering and naming system stays intact once more, as Intel launches the i945-series.