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A Sneak Peak at Intel's 65 nm Pentium 4

Test Setup

System Hardware
Socket 775 ProcessorsIntel 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 PlatformGigabyte GA-8I955X Royal (Socket 775), Rev. 1.1Intel 955X Chipset, BIOS F8
RAMCorsair CM2X512A-5400UL (XMS5400 V1.2)2x 512 MB DDR2-667 (333 MHz, CL3-2-2-8, 1T)
Hard DriveHitachi DeskStar 7K250250 GB, 7,200 rpm, 8 MB Cache, SATA150
Networking3COM 3C905B-TX 100 MBit/s PCI card
Graphics CardExtreme N7800GT/2DHTV (PCI Express)GeForce 7800GT (400 MHz), 256 MB GDDR3 (500 MHz)
Power SupplyEnermax EG565P-VE, ATX 2.01, 535 W
System Software & Drivers
OSWindows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Platform DriversIntel Chipset Installation Utility
Graphics DriverNVIDIA 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.