Intel prepares new low-end chipsets
The G31 and P31 chipsets have limited support for only 1066 MHz FSB’s. According to DailyTech, official support for 1333 MHz front-side bus processors will not arrive until Q1?2008. The new chips also add support for DDR2-800 memory – which leaves the high end contenders to compensate for DDR3 needs.
Setting the new chipsets apart is the integrated graphics in the G31. The GMA 3100 graphics core lacks any of the features found in the GMA 3000, which is used in the G33 chipset. Software is left to accommodate all pixel and vertex shader functions.
Additionally, Intel pairs the G31 and P31 Express chipsets with the ICH7, ICH7R and ICH7DH south bridges. Expect Intel to unveil the G31 and P31 Express chipsets next quarter.
The Bearlake puzzle is becoming more complete each day.