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Intel 925XE Chipset with 1066FSB Support

By: Cameron Johnson | Intel Chipsets in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Nov 16, 2004 5:00 am

Final Thoughts


All that can be said is better late than never. Intel really was under the knife when the I925X came to market lacking the 1066FSB support, speculating that a brand new chipset and board would be needed for users who wanted to run the latest bus technology. While a new chipset is in order, a new board certainly isn't.


End users won't notice a difference in the motherboards coming out, as Intel has put a lot into making the I925XE pin compatible with the I925X. This is definitely a smart move as requiring a new electrical wiring system would have the market in revolt against 1066FSB.


The I925XE has now shown that putting the faster DDR-2 533 in with the latest 1066FSB CPU does make a difference, as DDR-2 is the only available memory that officially can run at 266MHz, leaving DDR behind in its wake. Speeds are only set to get faster and faster with DDR-2 and the rising Intel FSB.


The I925XE does lack some additional features, such as 533FSB support which leaves Celeron D users in the lurch but the older I925X chipset does still support this bus speed. Thoughts of a cheap Celeron D system on the I925XE and upgrading to a 1066FSB processor later on is simply not going to happen, however, users of the LGA775 Prescott and Gallatin on the 800FSB will be happy to note their processors will fit into and work on the I925XE without any problems.


Overclocking is the big question, has PCI-E, PCI and Serial ATA clock dividers been added to allow overclocking? This isn't going to be answered here, as the reference board from Intel only supports minimal bus tweaks, which would easily be possible without divider locks. We'll need to wait and see what third party motherboard manufacturers come up with.


Overall the Intel 925XE chipset will be a great replacement for users of older systems such as Intel 865 and 875. While we were hoping for Dual PCI Express x16 compatibility for SLI, Intel still hasn't thought about this for the desktop sector, in fact 64bit extensions are still only in the mill with Intel, so we have still a few things to wait for from the chip giant, none the less, I925XE has picked up where I925X started off and helps boost system performance.


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