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Intel Desktop Board D845GBV
By CPU-zilla
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Wednesday, 29th May, 2002
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


The new 845G chipset is Intel's latest offering for those requiring a highly integrated chipset solution for mainstream and value systems. With the Intel Pentium 4 fast gaining market share and acceptance, it was only natural that Intel would release a chipset with integrated graphics for the corporate market segment. Currently in the stores, you'll only find the SiS 650 offering an integrated Real 256-bit 2D/3D engine in its core logic. Of course there are other chipsets from VIA and ALi, both of which were either not popular or never made it to the market. ALi's CyberALADDIN-P4 is meant for the mobile market, so we shouldn't really compare it with Intel, SiS and VIA.

Let's have a quick glance of their features :-

Integrated Graphics Chisets Compared
Features Intel 845G SiS 650 VIA P4M266
North Bridge Intel 82845G MCH SiS 650 VT8751
Processor Support Intel Pentium 4 Intel Pentium 4 Intel Pentium 4
CPU Front Side Bus 400 / 533MHz 400MHz 400MHz
Integrated Graphics Intel Extreme Graphics Real 256-bit S3 Graphics ProSavage8
External AGP 4x support Yes Yes Yes
Memory support DDR 200/266 or PC133 DDR 200/266 or PC 133 DDR 200/266
Max. memory 2.0GB 3.0GB 4.0GB
South Bridge 82801DB ICH4 SiS 961 VT8233 / 8233A / 8233C
North / South Bridge Link Intel Hub Architecture @ 266MB/s SiS MuTIOL @ 533MB/s VIA V-Link @ 266MB/s
IDE ATA 33 / 66 / 100 ATA 33 / 66 / 100 ATA 33 / 66 / 100 / 133
USB 6 x USB 2.0 ports 6 x USB 1.1 ports 6 x USB 1.1 ports
PCI 6 slots 6 slots 5 slots

The Intel 845G is really looking good, featuring some of the latest enhancements that SiS and VIA lacks. First off, you'll find USB 2.0 as a standard built-in feature with the 845G. The new ICH4 south bridge comes with a built-in Enhanced Host Controller Interface (EHCI) that supports up to six USB 2.0 ports. This gives motherboard manufacturers a lot of options to utilize these ports for various options. Users will be sure to never run out of any ports since these are pretty high speed by default and should never have problems sharing bandwidth with any other devices.

The new 82801DB (ICH4) that comes with built-in support for USB 2.0.

The Intel 845G chipset also supports the latest Pentium 4 processors at 533MHz FSB. VIA and SiS still have yet to introduce anything that officially supports the new 533MHz front side bus. This immediately puts the 845G ahead of its competitors in terms of upgradability and flexibility as it accepts a wide variety of current and future processors.

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