Intel Stakes Its Vision of the PC Future with 775 Launch

A Final Note

This article was the biggest project THG has ever done, the cope of which is analogous to Intel's ambitions with its eye popping number of new features. Considering the amount of snafus that arose over the course of last week, I personally would say that Intel over extended itself by insisting on the platform launch at this very moment. Four more weeks could have ensured that all components were available.

There are three different ways to look at Intel's new platform: The performance point of view, the feature point of view and the future point of view. I'm not going to talk about costs as this point, as all the components are considerably more expensive. It goes without saying that every new technology will be pricey.

Let's take performance into account first. PCI Express is definitely the way to go, as DDR2 showed its muscles and the new LGA 775 processors are slightly faster than their predecessors. So far so good, but at the end of the day the LGA 775 architecture offers no real performance gains. The next generation, 925XE, with DDR2-667 and FSB 1066 as well as a new Prescott stepping are pretty close. Into the bargain, Intel is helping to scare away early adopters by locking the devices down with overclocking chastity belts. Are we supposed to buy 775 for performance reasons? No way!

However, it's not only about performance any more. Our second point of view focuses on features. As a matter of fact, Intel is able to show off a boatload of technologies that is very palpable such as High Definition Audio and the Wireless Connect Technology (let's call it a future option for the time being). Other features like Matrix RAID or Serial ATA command queuing are equally hot, while I tend to consider these sort of past-due.

Most of the new motherboards we received are noticeably more elaborate than the last generation. If you are considering going for a new computer these days, I definitely recommend checking out the 775 generation and comparing prices carefully. The big system builders will all have mid-range systems on hand that address the feature-conscious buyers.

Now for the third way to look at the new platform. Is the new generation more future-proof? You get a new socket, new memory and PCI Express. However, there are many things to consider: There is a move towards 64 bits that hasn't really taken shape yet. DDR2 will increase clock speeds rapidly. Dual core processors are being designed these days, and only the Intel intelligence guys know if we will be able to use them in our LGA 775 machines.

I'm not trying to decry the new platform by advancing the nature of the hardware business, so let's conclude with my personal opinion: I would have preferred to see Intel launching LGA 775 and DDR2 memory now, with the 925XE chipset to introduce PCI Express this Fall.

  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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