Finally! Intel Supports DDR333
Today, Intel introduces the third iteration to their series of 845 chipsets with the 845GE and 845PE. When Intel launched the 845E and 845G months ago, many users were disappointed that these chipsets only supported the DDR266 memory when DDR333 was already quite mainstream then (thanks to VIA and SiS popularizing this memory technology). However, we all know that the 845G already had the ability to support DDR333, just that Intel did not officially state it in their specifications. Why?
Well, if you recalled the ever famous MTH issue with the Intel 820 chipset, one could conclude that Intel would rather be absolutely sure that their 845G/845E were fully compatible with DDR333 than claiming to be the first with such support. Looking back at DDR333's initial launch into the market, we can recall many users having problems with memory incompatibilities due to uncertified memory parts and poorly tailored specifications. We know that Intel would never want to put itself into such bad publicity again and that's one main reason why Intel took so many months to finally qualify their products for DDR333.
Even in the unqualified state, the 845G was already supporting DDR333 and many users have had great successes running their boards with DDR333 memory. In fact, some manufacturers were so confident that they have even claimed that their 845G-based motherboards could support DDR333 while a couple had built-in overclocking support for DDR400 memory too. This goes to show Intel's robust chipset design for extreme usage.
Now, if the new 845GE is only an upgrade to the 845G for DDR333 support, then it would have been quite a letdown. Fortunately, that's not the only change you'll find with the new 845GE. Intel promises a faster graphics core that would give you better 3D graphics performance. In order to increase the speed of the graphics core, Intel simply increased the clock frequency from 200MHz to 266MHz.