Intel Stakes Its Vision of the PC Future with 775 Launch

Intel Flex Memory Technology

Two modules with different capacities will always be run in asymmetric mode. As soon as the capacity in both memory channels is the same, the chipset will run in symmetrical dual channel mode. As one would expect, the performance suffers, but it is still much better than running single channel.

It sounds much like another marketing buzz word, but there is real value behind it. With recent chipsets and motherboards, you can either insert DIM modules arbitrarily and run the system in single channel mode, or you can go for two DIMMs with the same capacity. Preferably, the memory pair should even be identical, so that it is possible to run the fastest timing settings.

Intel may have been very quick to realize that memory timings would only have little impact on their DDR2 / PCI Express / LGA 775 platform. This could be one reason why Flex Memory Technology was introduced. By looking more closely at this term, we quickly learn how it works: It is possible to run dual-channel modes with different memory equipment in order to facilitate upgrades. How does it sound to run dual channel with 2x 256 MB in one channel and 1x 512 MB in the other one?

Intel's presentation does not go into detail about the performance one can expect in this dual channel symmetric mode, so we decided to run a couple of benchmarks. Here we picked the ATI Radeon X600 and another 3.6 GHz Pentium 4 Processor 560, as our first test system was busy with the platform benchmarks.

  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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  • So how do you unlock it?