All Aboard! P4 with 200 MHz FSB and the i875P Dual DDR400 Chipset


Generation Change In Chipsets; Data Traffic In The Fast Lane

It has been a long time since Intel has simultaneously launched a new processor and a new platform. The last time was the launch of the Pentium 4 in November 2000, to be exact. Today, two and a half years later, it's that time again: whoever wants the very latest in technology needs a Pentium 4 with 200 MHz Quad FSB and a suitable platform for Dual DDR400. The technological progress is noteworthy. Intel has increased the clock of the Front Side Bus from 133 to 200 MHz - that's a boost of 50%. As a result, the bandwidth likewise increases, from 4.2 to 6.4 GB/s.

In order to use the processor optimally, you need a motherboard with the 875P/ Canterwood chipset, which will replace the 845PE/ Brookdale and the 850E/ Tehama. The Canterwood is Intel's first desktop chipset for Dual DDR400 memory, which also functions in dual-channel technology. The need to completely change platforms for the P4 with 200 MHz FSB notwithstanding, the user at least gets a few nice goodies that sweeten the deal: Serial ATA is now integrated into the chipset; the AGP 8X interface for graphics cards is also meant to be a persuasive argument for purchase. Up till now, it was difficult to tell customers why Intel initially offered AGP 8X to the workstation segment and not to the mainstream market.

Uwe Scheffel