Intel to phase out 915, 955 chipsets in Q1 '07
Rumors seeped out late last month about an upcoming Intel 945GC chipset scheduled for the first quarter of next year. According to a new report by HKEPC, Intel will stop taking orders for 915 and 910 chipsets come March 2007, and the 945GC will take their place. The 945GC will have built-in Intel GMA 950 graphics and support for a PCI Express x16 slot, but more importantly, it will support dual-core processors (albeit only those with front-side bus speeds up to 800MHz.) Since Intel is rumored to be prepping budget Core 2 Duo E4300 and Pentium E1000-series dual-core processors for the first half of next year, a move away from low-end chipsets without dual-core support would seem logical.
Outside the low-end segment, Intel also plans to stop taking orders for its 955X chipset in March 2007. The 955X supports dual-core processors, but it has been largely rendered obsolete by the P965. Last shipments for 910, 915, and 955 chipsets will all take place in October 2007.