In brief, SiS655TX and VIA PT880 can be quite competitive with top Intel chipsets. The problem is, though, that SiS and VIA introduced their dual-channel solutions almost a year after i865PE/i875P appeared. Moreover, neither chipset offers anything really unique or useful for customers and both SiS655TX and VIA PT880 have worse speed results than Intel solutions do: 5 and 10 percent lower (respectively) in real applications. But of course, Taiwanese companies are likely to set lower prices for their products, as usual, which will help them to win back part of the market.
Speaking about the future, new Intel products codenamed Alderwood and Grantsdale are about to be released, while it is still unclear when SiS and VIA will be able to offer chipsets supporting DDR2 and PCIE. And although it is very doubtful whether end users will really need DDR2 (or, to be precise, current revisions of this memory type), there seems to be no stopping PCI Express now. Thus, we can face an already-seen situation where Intel sets the yardstick and others try to qualify for it. Well, we won't have to wait long to see what it all will be like in reality.
Skrevet den 5. Jun 2004. Nyheden er læst 1060 gang(e).
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