- Quad-pumped 800MHz front side bus
- Support for dual channel DDR333 and DDR400 memory
- AGP 8X and integrated RV250 graphics core
The few details given on ATI's Athlon chipsets could indicate that ATI intends to focus its chipset efforts primarily on the Pentium 4 platform. For ATI, that's probably a wise decision. NVIDIA's nForce2 will be tough to topple, and if all goes well for Hammer, the Athlon won't have much of a future. ATI doesn't have to compete with NVIDIA when it comes to Pentium 4 chipsets, and the RV250 should be able to walk all over other integrated graphics solutions. It doesn't hurt that Intel sells a lot more Pentium 4s than AMD does Athlons, either. If ATI is looking to carve out a piece of the chipset business, they might as well set their sights on the biggest pie.