Without a doubt, the Intel 875P chipset is the dominant force when it comes to the Pentium 4, but that simply isn't enough. After all, how many of us are willing to spend all that extra money for just a few more FPS? I didn't think there would be that many, especially when there are quite a number of contenders for your hard earned dollars.
The Intel 865PE chipset takes a good chunk of ground from the 875P. With performance not far off the more expensive brother, if you want yourself an Intel chipset, the 865PE is a far better value choice.
As too is the VIA PT880. Its performance was well within the scoring range of the 865PE which makes it hard to choose between the two. VIA fans will definitely be happy that there is now a far more supported Pentium 4 solution.
For these reasons, the Intel 865PE and VIA PT880 have tied it for our "MUST HAVE" Best Value Award.
As for our final contenders, SiS and ATI, we have seen some very promising results. SiS 655TX has given the PT880 and 865PE a good run for their money, a well earned contender for the performance/value market.
ATI has also made a great start for itself, but could do a bit better in memory optimisations. As we have seen, VIA and SiS have done a great job, ATI can do it too, it's just a matter of time.
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