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Intel Stakes Its Vision of the PC Future with 775 Launch
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Several mid-class PEG cards such as this GeForce PCX 5750 from Albatron arrived at our labs. Of course, we needed to check out the fastest model available both for AGP and PCIe in order to avoid creating bottlenecks for both the test platforms.

Preparing the tests for this product launch turned out to be quite a cliffhanger, as we faced one obstacle after another. In addition to several different DDR2 memory products, the first new-age device to arrive was a PCIe graphics card based on ATI’s X600 aka RS380. Unfortunately, we did not have a LGA 775 CPU in order to run first benchmarks at that time, although an assortment of Grantsdale and Alderwood motherboards had already started to collect dust.

Last Friday at 4 pm we finally received Intel’s reviewer’s kit that included virtually everything except a graphics card. First of all, we tried to get a fast model for the benchmark sessions, since the ATI X600 is basically a mainstream product. GeForce PCX 5900 was standing by, but core and memory clock speeds are entirely different compared to any of the AGP versions. Besides, what we wanted to use was a top-notch board, as every new platform deserves the best hardware available with which to be tested. No offense to ATI, but we picked the GeForce 6800 Ultra, as the X800 PCIe arrived two days too late.

After receiving the 6800 cards from NVIDIA on Monday, we were stuck again, this time due to a power supply issue : See the aux power connector that NVIDIA placed on the 6800 series PCIe boards in the shot below ? Even trying to figure out the accurate name seems to be difficult. The Inquirer’s Fuad Abazovic was somewhat specific by calling it "the 6-pin one," while the first statement of an NVIDIA executive was both funny and straightforward : "there really isn’t a name for these."

Howsoever, it was NVIDIA that helped to solve the issue by handing over the only Antec True Power 550 W power supply they had in their German office.

It’s quite new, so the components are still hard to find. It took us several hours to get hold of a power supply that comes with the new 6-pin connector.

That’s the adapter you need to use if you don’t want to throw away your power supply. These parts should be widely available soon.

Summary
  1. Intel's 775 Launch Mixes Ambition With A Strong Aftertaste
  2. First Contact
  3. Obstacles And Hurdles
  4. More Findings
  5. New Socket: LGA 775
  6. LGA 775 Processor Installation
  7. LGA 775 Processor Installation, Continued
  8. LGA 775 Processor Installation, Continued
  9. MSI's CPU Installation Tool
  10. Transitional Products
  11. Poor Thing: Intel Reference Cooler
  12. New Processors: P4 Prescott Up To 3.6 GHz
  13. Specification Overview
  14. Model And Pricing Information
  15. Processor Overview
  16. New Chipsets: 925X, 915G, 915P, 915GV
  17. New Chipsets: 925X, 915G, 915P, 915GV, Continued
  18. 925X Express Chipset
  19. 915G Express Chipset
  20. 915G Express Chipset, Continued
  21. 915G Express Chipset, Continued
  22. 915P Express Chipset
  23. Chipset Devices
  24. Intel Puts The Lock On Overclocking
  25. How To Unlock The Overclocking Lock
  26. New Memory: DDR2-533, Continued
  27. DDR2 Memory Vendors
  28. Intel Flex Memory Technology
  29. New Interlink: PCI Express
  30. More SATA, More RAID, More Ports
  31. Matrix RAID
  32. Creating A RAID Array
  33. More HD Performance For Free: Command Queuing
  34. More Networking: Intel Wireless Connect Technology
  35. New Audio: High Definition Audio
  36. Asus P5AD2 Premium
  37. Foxconn 925A01
  38. Test Setup
  39. Benchmarks And Settings
  40. Platform Benchmarks
  41. DirectX 8 Benchmarks
  42. DirectX 8 Benchmarks, Continued
  43. DirectX 9 Benchmarks, Continued
  44. Video Benchmarks
  45. Video Benchmarks, Continued
  46. Application Benchmarks
  47. Application Benchmarks, Continued
  48. Synthetic Benchmarks
  49. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  50. Processor Power Consumption
  51. Integrated Graphics Benchmarks
  52. Game Benchmarks
  53. Halo
  54. Far Cry
  55. Video Performance
  56. Networking Benchmarks
  57. Storage Subsystem Benchmarks
  58. Conclusion
  59. A Final Note
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