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Thread: Intel prepares "Socket T" mainboards




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    Battle Lake, Powers Lake, Marblehead, Avalon, Augsburg, Eatonville, and Luxemburg

    Intel is known for its very reminiscent mainboards code-names. Even the code-names of its microprocessors cannot boast with the same level of evocation and style. It is quite natural that Intel is already preparing its Socket T mainboard for release in the second quarter next year, although, the very first A-0 revision of the Grantsdale chipset will only be taped out by the 30th week of 2003, in late July. Today The Inquirer revealed the code-names for Intel's upcoming mainboards; Battle Lake, Powers Lake, Marblehead, Avalon, Augsburg, Eatonville, and Luxemburg.

    Computer freaks who just love style would definitely pay attention to these mainboards simply because of their names. However, the problem with Intelís own mainboards is that they absolutely do not have any performance tuning capabilities. This is not a big problem for those, who never overclock and tune, nevertheless, dozens of end-users want to have those performance tuning options even if they never use them.

    All the mainboards are set to come in the second quarter next year and will support the next-generation Prescott and Tejas processors in Socket T (LGA775) form-factors.

    Both Battle Lake and Powers Lake are based on the Grantsdale P chipset. Both support PCI Express, DDR-II SDRAM 533MHz, FireWire (IEEE1394), Serial ATA-150 RAID, GD-P feature, ICH6 and so on. The only difference between the mainboards is their form-factor: Battle Lake is an ATX mainboard, Powers Lake is a microATX mainboard.

    Next year there will be a huge bunch of mainboards based on chipsets with the third-generation Intel Extreme Graphics inside. Apparently, Marblehead, Avalon, Augsburg, Eatonville and Luxemburg are all powered by the Grantsdale-G chipset.

    Eatonville and Luxemburg seem to be higher-end products because they not only boast with Socket T for Prescott and Tejas processors, but also feature DDR-II SDRAM 533MHz support as well as PCI Express, ICH6, GD-G. Eatonville is an ATX mainboard, whereas Luxemburg is a microATX mainboard. Avalon and Augsburg will support only PC3200 DDR SDRAM, but are quite similar to Eatonville and Luxemburg.
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    Intel chipset roadmap (See attachment)

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    Thats awesome to see RDRAM totally abandoned with no plans for future use.

    WHAT was Intel thinking. :rolleyes2

    BTW, has anyone seen a similar roadmap for AMD?
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    After going to the last intel conference in Toronto a couple weeks ago, I belive they said that the new socket would starta round the mid 5 gigahertz range.... whoa.

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    Grantsdale Chipset
    Support LGA 775 (Land Grid Array) only
    Support 800MHz FSB
    Support DDR333/400 or DDRII 400/533
    Support 4GB memory maximum
    Not support ECC

    ICH6 update
    Support 4 SATA
    Support GbE (PCI Express x1)
    Support 802.11 (PCI Express x1)
    Only one PATA (2 IDE Drives)
    Support for RAID 0, 1, 0 + 1

    Here's a pic of Intel's reference board which they use to demonstrate the platform on.
    (Retail versions won't look like this)

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    "In their capacity as a tool, computers will be but a ripple on the surface of our culture. In their capacity as intellectual challenge, they are without precedent in the cultural history of mankind." - Edsger Dijkstra

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