Mobo Makers Try Again with Intel's 925X and 915P Chipsets

Test System

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Intel Processors (Socket 775)
Pentium 4 Processor 560 (3.6 GHz, 12-16/1024 kB)
DDR2-5332x 512 MB PC4300 CrucialTimings: CL 4.0-4-4-12Voltage: 1.8 V
Common Hardware
Sound CardTerratec Aureon 7.1 Space96.00 kHz sample rate
Graphics CardPCIENVIDIA Reference CardGPU: NVIDIA Geforce 6800 Ultra, 400 MHz Chip ClockMemory: 256 MB DDR-SDRAM, 550 MHz Chip Clock
Hard Drive (Intel System)Intel FW82801ER ICH6FR2 x SATA Maxtor 7B250S00 (Raid 0)250 GB / 16 MB Cache / 7200 rpm
Intel Chipset Install Utility6.0.1.1002
Intel RAID DriversApplication Accelerator
Nvidia Graphic AGP and PCIEDetonator 61.45
VIA ChipsetVIA Hyperion 4 in 1 V4.51
DirectXVersion: 9b
OSWindows XP Professional, Build 2600 Service Pack 1

Overclocking: Only With Increased Northbridge Voltage

Overclocking the new Intel chipsets cannot be done in a snap. This is demonstrated by the fact that almost none of the manufacturers are able to operate their boards significantly above the normal 200 MHz. One of the key methods is to increase the supply voltage of the MCH chip. Both the 915P and the 925X work according to specification with 1.5 V (see above). The range from 1.425 to 1.575 V is within the tolerance. What the manufacturers presented to us for the test was in some cases higher than the Intel specification. The following table summarizes our measurement results: