Today, Intel announced the availability of the much anticipated Canterwood (or known as the Intel 875P chipset) platform which promises far better performance than any other currently available solutions. Boosting the front side bus speeds from 533MHz to a whopping 800MHz is just one of the things Intel did on the Canterwood. As we will discuss further later on, the Canterwood comes with a few firsts, and it's certainly looking to be one of the best chipsets ever made for the desktop segment.
In order to keep up with the speedy 800MHz front side bus, Intel will also introduce an 800MHz FSB version of the Pentium 4 along with the introduction of Canterwood. The new 3GHz processor will also feature their latest Hyper-Threading technology. At 3GHz, the multiplier set for the 3GHz processor is at 15x, which will give you a total of 3GHz if you multiply that with the system bus of 200MHz (800MHz QDR on the Netburst bus architecture). Certainly, its clock speed is slower than the previous 3.06GHz processor based on the 533MHz FSB speed. However, the 60MHz difference won't make much of a difference considering the amount of speed gained with the higher 800MHz front side bus.
The Intel 875P chipset also supports the industry's fastest DDR400 memory. Incorporating their expertise from the Granite Bay (E7205), Intel will continue to use a dual channel memory controller to give the system more memory bandwidth. With the Intel 875P chipset, Intel is also making known their support for the DDR memory standard. Their adoption of the DDR400 memory standard was far more swifter than we'd expected and that's a good sign since DDR memory pricings are traditionally more affordable and backward compatible with most existing motherboards.
The Intel 875P MCH.
The Intel 875P chipset is targeted at the highest end of the desktop market since a lot of emphasis was placed on the platform design to achieve the maximum performance. Cost is also of main concern and Intel has made the designing of the product as simple as possible. In fact, they revealed to us that their PCB requirements would be lower as a lot of consideration was made to make four-layer PCB designs possible. However, some manufacturers still opted to use six-layer PCBs as it would make it a lot simpler to add devices without the routing complexity.
Now, what else is new with the Canterwood? Read the next few pages to find out.