In fact, you can run the BG7 as a fully functional computer without a single card installed in an expansion slot. Eerie.
Of course, we weren't content to just look at the BG7 and its Intel 845 chipset in a vacuum, so we rounded up a total of six comparison systems, based on six different chipsets, to see how this thing stacks up against the competition. Not only that, but we'll show you just how the 845G's built-in graphics handle. We'll compare them to the competition from SiS, and we'll measure their impact on overall system performance. You might be surprised at what we found.
The BG7's foundation: 845G
Intel's new 845G chipset, which powers the BG7, is poised to become the biggest selling Pentium 4 chipset ever. Because of its integrated graphics, this is the bread-and-butter chipset that will make its way into zillions of corporate desktops and low-cost PCs. The 845G is one of three new chipsets from Intel capable of supporting Pentium 4 processors with 533MHz bus speeds. We recently looked at the RDRAM variant, the 850E, right here. The 845E, meanwhile, is simply an 845G without the integrated graphics. The 845E/G chipsets also include Intel's new ICH4 chip (known around these parts as a south bridge). The ICH4 adds support for USB 2.0, raising USB's peak transfer rates from 12Mbps to 480Mbps, according to Intel.
Intel reportedly has plans to introduce a cut-down version of the 845G, called the 845GL, with no AGP slot and only a 400MHz front-side bus. No doubt the new Pentium 4-derived Celerons will be paired up with the 845GL in droves of low-cost PCs. (If you see one of these PCs in the store, cover your wallet and back away slowly. Check in with TR as soon as possible for further instructions.)
Conspicuous by their absence in Intel's new chipsets are a number of features already present in Taiwanese competitors. Let's break those down one by one:
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