Granite Bay - IntroductionIntroductionPentium 4 finds harmony with Granite Bay Dual Channel DDR... at least on paper, we think.The move to Dual Channel DDR technology by processor giant Intel was inevitable as ties between Intel and the RAMBUS company wind up, which many months ago had Intel Corp sell a certain number of RDRAM pieces in what was one of IT's most talked about legal agreements ever shaking the industry up quite a bit at the time.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 - not that it takes a mathematician to figure that out. But in all seriousness, this important figure is in-line with what the adventurous RAMBUS company has been able to provide the industry for the past year or more, without the added expensive of its ambitious RDRAM products.Unfortunately we were not supplied with a reference sample motherboard based on the E7205 from Intel, which would have enabled us to provide you with our usual set of benchmarking results. Fortunately for us though, Amos Lee from Gigabyte Technology provided us with some documentation and pictures of their brand new Granite Bay based 8INXP motherboard (pictured below) which the Taiwanese motherboard company is also introducing today themselves.
Granite Bay - Initial ThoughtsBefore we begin
Granite Bay - Initial Thoughts ContinuedGranite Bay Chipset - Initial Thoughts Continued- Gigabyte's packed out 8INXP moboAs well as the hybrid features listed on the previous page, Gigabyte's 8INXP motherboard includes support for ATA133 RAID through a Promise controller, Serial ATA150 through a Silicon Image controller, onboard Gigabit networking through the Kenai chip from Intel, 6-Channel AC'97 audio and 6 x PCI 2.2 compliant slots for maximum upgradeability - some of which you can see below in Gigabyte's future advertising poster below.
Granite Bay - ConclusionConclusionThere 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 should...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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