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P55//H57 Chipsets w/ video card

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March 15, 2010 2:14:30 PM

Gateway is selling a desktop (DX4831-07) w/ i5 750 processor.
It includes a H57 express chipset w/ graphics card (ATI Radeon™ HD 5750).

Why wouldn't you use a P55 chipset instead (w/ the same video card) since the H57 has integrated a GPU, that you would be disabling?
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March 15, 2010 8:00:02 PM

H7 allows you to install a CPU with integrated video; you can't disable something that isn't available on a i5-750. Since the i5-750 doesn't include a video controller, a discrete video card is required.
March 15, 2010 8:24:40 PM

GhislainG said:
H7 allows you to install a CPU with integrated video; you can't disable something that isn't available on a i5-750. Since the i5-750 doesn't include a video controller, a discrete video card is required.


I believe the integrated video is in the H57 chipset rather than the CPU. But why even install a separate video card on a mobo that already has video. I understand it could be a better GPU why not just get a P55 that has Crossfire capability etc. There isn't too much difference in price. What am I overlooking? I imagine that Gateway did it for a reason...
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March 15, 2010 8:50:54 PM

GhislainG is correct. The integrated video is in the CPU instead of the H57 chipset. This is new for Intel Core i3 and Dual-core Core i5 line of processor.
March 15, 2010 9:21:31 PM

GhislainG is only partially correct.

According to Tom's, the H57 chipset supports HD graphics on the Clarksdale (dual core) processors.
The i5 750 is a Lynnfield (Quad core) processor that does not contain GPU hence it needs a separate video card. Which can use the P55 chipset.

So that brings me to my original question why is Gateway using the H57 chipset w/ the 750...
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March 15, 2010 10:58:47 PM

franka98 said:
GhislainG is only partially correct.

According to Tom's, the H57 chipset supports HD graphics on the Clarksdale (dual core) processors.
The i5 750 is a Lynnfield (Quad core) processor that does not contain GPU hence it needs a separate video card. Which can use the P55 chipset.

So that brings me to my original question why is Gateway using the H57 chipset w/ the 750...
Gateway do it simply because they can use the same motherboard, no matter which processor is ordered. It decreases the overall cost of manufacturing and the number of spare parts.
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March 16, 2010 2:04:13 AM

^ +1 - Yes it's all about cost vs profit and what GhislainG said inproves profits.
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