Business Breakdown on Intel's New Chips

Loraine Lawson

Intel's 3 Series chipset had its coming out this week during Intel's Executive Vice President Sean Maloney's opening keynote address at Computex. And given all the media-rich interfaces and content, it's about time.

Everybody in the tech press is talking about how great this chipset is for gamers. But what does this mean for business IT?

According to Tech Monsters & Critics, "the new chips will enable a number of innovative features such as greater PC performance, clearer definition video and storage technologies that help better protect valuable data."

Here's a rundown of the highlights, as reported by Wired:

  • DDR3 support, which reduces power use by 40 percent reduction and offers a bigger data buffer and a potential transfer rate of 1,600 MHz - eventually. However, Extreme Tech notes that the one thing no one at Computex can answer is how much that will cost. No doubt, that means it costs a lot.
  • PCI Express 2.0, which uses bandwidth of 4 Gbps for faster video performance. Wired reports that so far, there are no video cards that can take advantage of this new bandwidth, but that probably won't be true for long.
  • The new G33 and G35 integrated video systems support Microsoft's DirectX10, which translates into running new games without a video card. So, maybe that above point doesn't matter so much.

Here's a cool side note: The chip series will supports Intel's new generation of processors, code named Penryn, which Wired reports will be made using a 45-nanometer process.

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