What's Up with Future "Conroe" Chipsets?
September 5, 2006 2:17 AM
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Intel puts pressure on Taiwan mobo companies about RD600 chipset and NVIDIA's C19 nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition faces uncertain future
The future of Intel Core 2 based chipsets is uncertain right now as the industry is shaken up by various new business projects, such as the merger between
AMD and ATI
The word in
Taiwan, where I live and run my site
is that the high-anticipated ATI RD600 Conroe chipset is only going to be provided by one motherboard manufacturer, DFI. According to my sources, Intel has been putting pressure on
motherboard companies not to produce RD600 based motherboards. DFI stood up to the Intel giant and mentioned to us that they’ll be the only company providing an RD600 board, the DFI Lanparty RD600. This seems like a real disappointment for ATI as RD600 was set to be a bigger seller for the Canadian company with FSB speeds set to reach 480MHz and above – much higher than 975X and the C19 nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition chipset. DFI’s Lanparty RD600 motherboard will be on shop shelves sometimes next month but we’re not sure on an exact date yet.
We’ve also been hearing reports about the upcoming nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition chipset for Core 2 processors. This chipset is based on the now aging NVIDIA C19 chipset which some
motherboard manufactures are not impressed with. In fact, NVIDIA recently issued an announcement to motherboard companies saying that the C19 chipset will be phased out very soon and replaced by the newer and more refined C55 chipset in October. The C19 chipset maxes out at around 350MHz FSB which is one of the main reasons the Taiwanese folk were not impressed with the chipset, especially the companies interested in producing highly overclockable boards – and that’s most companies these days. With Intel’s P965 chipset, while not as fast as 975X, we’ve seen reports of the FSB hitting the 500MHz FSB mark. There are no official testing numbers on C55 FSB overclocking but being a refined chipset using newer technology, it is expected to beat the older C19 easily.
New Conroe motherboards using either the RD600 or nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition were expected this month (as
first reported here
) but users wanting to move away from Intel chipset solutions will need to wait another few weeks for these boards to be ready, possibly longer as BIOS’s are tweaked.
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9/5/2006 11:30:45 AM
Thats so stupid on Intel's part. They finally have a enthusiast class processor and they're limiting the choices for their motherboards.
9/5/2006 3:54:01 PM
Maybe, but they are looking at the long term, they have THE enthusiast processor until AMD comes out with their 65nm processor. Since they already control almost all of the Intel chipset market, and NVIDIA controls the rest, they wouldn't be losing anything by stopping AMD (as they view ATI as AMD) from infiltrating their market. Intel doesn't like to play ball with people its size, it likes to play with people it knows it can beat.
9/7/2006 3:37:25 AM
Intel's plan is already working and ATI taking the hit.
"The anticipated revenue shortfall is due primarily to lower sales volumes of integrated chipsets for Intel-based platforms."
"While we anticipated a decline in future Intel-based chipset business following the announcement of the acquisition agreement with AMD, the decrease occurred much sooner than we expected," said Dave Orton, CEO of ATI Technologies Inc."
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