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Intel's New Pentium 4 Processor

The I850 Chipset

There's not really that much to say about the one and only chipset available for Pentium 4 right now. Basically, i850 has a lot of similarities with i840E. Both chipsets are using a dual-Rambus channel memory architecture, both share Intel's 'hub architecture', both are using the 82801BA aka ICH2 chip for I/O and PCI and both are pretty expensive.

The only difference is the bus to the processor, which is a normal 133 MHz bus for Pentium III in case of i840 and the quad-pumped 100 MHz bus for Pentium 4 in i850. To ensure this paragraph isn't quite as boring to you, I included this funky picture out of one of Intel's fancy presentations:

  • utahraptor
    I just don't see this Rambus lasting that long. I think the future lies in DDR.
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  • ta152h
    utahraptorI just don't see this Rambus lasting that long. I think the future lies in DDR.
    I think the Pentium 4 will not last past 2006.
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