Intel i925XE Chipset / 3.46GHz Pentium 4 - Page 9

..:: Review Conclusion ::..

As far as conclusions go covering both the i925XE chipset and the 3.46GHz Extreme Edition CPU, all there really is to say is, they’re faster. We’re not seeing any new debuting technologies, merely an upgraded Front Side Bus speed. The i925XE chipset does not bring along any new features over the i925X than, of course, the 1066MHz FSB support. The 3.46GHz Extreme Edition also shows no differences over previous versions other than the 1066MHz FSB support. This main advantage to this new i925XE chipset is that it will allow for future support of LGA 775 based processors for, hopefully, some time to come. We’ll see more 1066MHz FSB processors hitting the market in due time, but for launch Intel has wisely left it up to the top performing processor, the 3.46GHz Extreme Edition. This also happens to bet the most expensive option available. Anyone here surprised by this move? No? I didn’t think so.

As newer i925XE chipset based motherboards begin to hit the market, it won’t make much sense for someone upgrading to go with the i925X platform. The i925XE platform will allow for better upgrading options in the future merely from its 1066MHz FSB support, so even though i925X has only been out for a few months, it’s already becoming a moot point to those who have been waiting to upgrade to the LGA 775 platform once support for DDR-II and PCI-E graphics cards grew.

In the end, motherboards based off of the i925XE chipset will be in the same range as the i925X boards, costing a little extra depending on the implementation, etc. Intel’s own retail i925XE motherboard will sell for roughly $180-$190. The chipset itself will be selling for $50 a pop, not too much off the current pricing for the regular i925X chipsets. The 3.46GHz Extreme Edition CPU’s will sell for $999 in quantities of 1000. Overall, as I’ve said already, there isn’t too much to say about these two items then, hey, guess what, they’re faster.