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More chip sets for Intel's P6 processors


The contents:

  • High-end: 82440GX
  • 82450NX
  • For discount: 82440ZX
  • Chip sets for 100 MHz RAM
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  • 82440GX

    Intel has developed some high-powered chip sets for its Pentium II, Pentium III and Xeon processors

    The GX chip set is the high power chip set for workstations using Pentium II's - Slot 1 or Slot 2. An upgraded version of BX you might say, with improved memory management (support for up to 2 GB SDRAM) and four USB ports.


    82450NX

    With Intel introduction of the Pentium II Xeon, 450NX was the first chip set for this platform. It allows 4 or 8 CPUs on the motherboard, using up to 8 GB RAM. Another new feature is the 66 MHz PCI bus. This chip set is for servers.

    The 450NX PCI set consists in its basic version of four components:

  • 82451NX Memory and I/O Bridge Controller (MIOC)
  • 82454NX PCI Expander Bridge (PXB)
  • 82452NX RAS/CAS Generator (RCG)
  • 82453NX Data Path Multiplexor (MUX).

    This PCI set does not include AGP, being intended for use in servers only. If AGP is required you should go for the 440GX chip set.

    The 450NX Basic is made for servers using up to 4 Xeons, where the full version supports up to 8.


    82440ZX

    This new discount chip set comes in two versions, one for 66 MHz and one for 100 MHz bus. From what I know, it only allows two RAM modules.



    Five Intel chip sets for 100 MHz RAM

    Here you see a comparison of Intel's 100 MHz chip sets:

    Name of chip set
    82440BX
    82440GX
    82450NX Basic
    82450NX Full
    82440ZX
    Number of chips
    2
    2
    5
    9
    2
    Cartridge
    Slot One
    Slot One
    Slot Two
    Slot Two
    Slot Two
    Slot 1
    Socket 370
    Max. RAM
    1 GB
    2 GB
    4 GB
    8 GB
    512 MB?
    PCI Bus
    One 32 bit
    One 32 bit
    Two 32 bit
    One 64 bit
    Four 32 bit
    Two 64 bit
    One 32 bit
    AGP Bus
    1
    1
    n/a
    n/a
    1
    USB Ports
    2
    4
    2
    2
    2


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    Learn more

    Read Module 2e about RAM.

    Read about the Pentium in module 3c

    Read about the Pentium II's etc. in module 3e

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