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Intel 915P Shootout : Intel Desktop Board D915PCY
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Monday, 17th January, 2005

Out with the Old, In with the New

When it comes to building companion processor chipsets, Intel knows what they're doing. Probably being the one area AMD is unable to follow, Intel has built successful platforms that enables maximum performance from their processor line-up. Arguably the best and most notable was the 440BX for the Pentium II and III. When Intel finally laid the venerable 440BX chipset to rest, they had firmly set high expectations for themselves and successive chipsets.

Following the longest running chipset is their longest running processor, the Intel Pentium 4 family. The Pentium 4 has constantly evolved and with it, chipsets have come and gone. After another successful run on the Socket-478 form factor, Intel has decided to stir things up again by revamping the whole Pentium 4 support structure with the Alderwood and Grantsdale chipsets. In the past few months, we have focused more upon the enthusiast oriented Alderwood chipsets, the 925X Express and 925XE Express. How about the Granstdale then? Shaping up to be a solid successor to the Intel 865PE, the Intel 915P Express intends to cast a strong presence and take the mainstream LGA775 Penitum 4 chipset market this year. Grantsdale also comes in a 915G Express variant with built in graphics featuring Intel's new GMA900 graphics accelerator. However, we will focus on the vanilla 915P Express in this article.

The Intel 915P Express chipset for Pentium 4 processors.

Tested & Certified Components
Graphics Card MSI RX600XT-TD128
Memory 2 x 512MB Kingston DDR2-533
Power Supply Unit AcBel 400W (API4PC01)
Cooler CoolerMaster CI5-9HDPA-01
Hard Disk Maxtor DiamondMax 10 200GB SATA

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