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A Sneak Peak at Intel's 65 nm Pentium 4
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System Hardware
Socket 775 Processors Intel Pentium 4 Processor 653 Prototype
(Cedar Mill 65 nm, 3.4 GHz, 2 MB L2 Cache)
Intel Pentium 4 Processor 650
(Prescott 90 nm, 3.4 GHz, 2 MB L2 Cache)
Intel Platform Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal (Socket 775), Rev. 1.1
Intel 955X Chipset, BIOS F8
RAM Corsair CM2X512A-5400UL (XMS5400 V1.2)
2x 512 MB DDR2-667 (333 MHz, CL3-2-2-8, 1T)
Hard Drive Hitachi DeskStar 7K250
250 GB, 7,200 rpm, 8 MB Cache, SATA150
Networking 3COM 3C905B-TX 100 MBit/s PCI card
Graphics Card Extreme N7800GT/2DHTV (PCI Express)
GeForce 7800GT (400 MHz), 256 MB GDDR3 (500 MHz)
Power Supply Enermax EG565P-VE, ATX 2.01, 535 W
System Software & Drivers
OS Windows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Platform Drivers Intel Chipset Installation Utility 7.2.1.1003
Graphics Driver NVIDIA ForceWare 77.77

Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal

BIOS Version : F8

Only few weeks ago we reviewed a couple of premium socket 775 motherboards including Gigabyte’s 8I955X Royal. As we kept using the test system including this motherboard for a couple of other projects, we decided to stick with it for the Cedar Mill preview and asked Gigabyte for a BIOS update that would help to support the 65- nm chip.

The product uses Intel’s 955X chipset, which definitely is one of the best choices for current Pentium based system if you do not require dual graphics capabilities.

Please refer to our review for the motherboard details.

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