The Intel guns are making a scene today as they announce two new processors along with a fresh motherboard chipset to boot. Starting with the Pentium 4 670, this new addition takes hold of the flag in their Pentium 4 lineup, operating at 3.8GHz with 2MBs of cache aboard. Also uncovered is a new dual-core offering in the Pentium D 820, with 2 cores operating together at 2.8GHz. Which is better? Depends on what you use it for of course.
Finally, Intel have also introduced their new 945P motherboard chipset, offered with or without integrated graphics (in the G/P models respectively). This chipset is a more cost-friendly solution to the recently announced 955X platform, and without the inclusion of what Intel call "Memory Pipeline Technology". More details and performance figures on the new processors and motherboard chipset throughout each of the below reviews folks.
IT'S THE GEEKY equivalent of a conversation that most guys would have about a Maxim girl versus the Olsen twins. Would you rather have a single, very fast CPU or a pair of somewhat slower processors? That's a tough question, and it's precisely the one that Intel has prompted by releasing a couple of new CPUs today, the Pentium D 820 and the Pentium 4 670. The P4 670 is the fastest single Pentium 4 processor ever released, running at nearly 4GHz. The Pentium D 820, meanwhile, runs a full gigahertz slower, but it has two complete Pentium 4-style CPU cores onboard for a very nice price.
Intel's dual-core chips won't work without a new core-logic chipset, so naturally, the Pentium D is arriving with a couple of friends, the 945P and 945G Express chipsets. Yes, Intel has retained the dorky "Express" in the name of the chipsets to remind everyone that these puppies support PCI Express. Fortunately, they've also retained all the snazzy features of the 915/925 Express series, including dual channels of DDR2 memory, High Definition Audio, and all the rest. We recently looked at the high-end, enthusiast-oriented 955X chipset in our Pentium XE 840 review. The 945 series is a higher volume, lower priced version of the 955X with most of the same features. There are, however, two versions of the 945: the 945G with integrated graphics, and the 945P without.
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