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Pentium 4 finds harmony with Dual Channel DDR - Conclusion

Today Intel will announce its E7205 codename Granite Bay chipset for the Pentium 4 platform. The main highlight in the newest product to come out of Santa Clara is its Dual Channel DDR-266 memory controller, bringing the maximum theoretical system bandwidth up to 4.2GB/s compared to only 2.1GB/s of its single channel PC2100 DDR predecessor. Follow Cameron "Mr.Tweak" Wilmot has he gives us his thoughts on the subject!

| Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Nov 17, 2002 5:00 am

Conclusion

 

There you have it. End users can now truly harness the power of the Pentium 4 processor with the E7205 chipset that is able to provide the bandwidth required, through inexpensive and readily available DDR-RAM, that the processor platform and industry has been hungry for since its inception to the market last year.

 

On paper, Dual Channel DDR-266 certainly looks fantastic and is bound to do wonders for parts of the industry not-so inclined in the idea on usage of RDRAM solutions. However, with that being said, it remains to be seen if it will result in any tangible real world performance gain in every day computing at this time, but we suspect it shouldÂ…

 

Rest assured we will answer this question for you later this week in our usual suite of benchmarks when our 8INXP motherboard arrives in our labs direct from our friends at Gigabyte Technology.

 

If you have any questions or opinions regarding this article, please direct them to the Motherboards section of our forums.

 

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