Intel: “Buy your mobos from someone else”
Death of Cape Cod leaves gigantic hole in Chipzilla's mobo plans
When we asked an Intel Europe spokesman a couple of days ago which mobo he recommended we use for our 750MHz Coppermine processor now that Cape Cod has gone to that great fishmonger in the sky, his response was interesting:
"There are loads of 3rd party boards that you can use."
So there we have it – if you want to use SDRAM, Intel's official advice is to look elsewhere for a motherboard. Only one Intel desktop mobo, the incredibly long in the tooth Seattle 2, can support the 'E' variants of Coppermine from 550 to 850MHz. Seattle 2 can hardly claim to be feature rich or to offer earth-shattering performance. Other Chipzilla BX mobos like the Sun River offer better functionality such as on-board TNT graphics, but can't deliver the correct (lower) voltage to the faster Copperwhines which are at risk of being fried if you try it.
And no SDRAM Intel desktop mobo can support AGP4X, meaning the simple choice is either the Rambus VC820, or another manufacturer.
Never let it be said that Chipzilla doesn't help the competition. ®