Intel to phase out 915, 955 chipsets in Q1 '07

— 10:55 AM on October 16, 2006

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.

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