I'm trying to think if there is anywhere Intel hasn't gone lacking in the last year or so. Maybe mobile chipsets... maybe that too will change, who knows!
Intel Corp. has quietly launched its own-brand desktop mainboard based on ATI RADEON XPRESS 200-series core-logic. This is the first time in the recent history when Intel decided to officially promote a third-party core-logic, which is a result of the company’s recent shift in manufacturing of low-margin core-logic sets for desktops.
Intel Desktop Board D101GGC is a part of Intel’s Essential series of desktop mainboards and us aimed at mainstream users who require not very high price. The mainboard supports Intel Pentium 4 and Intel Celeron D processors with 533MHz and 800MHz processor system bus, complies to 05A and 04A platform compatibility guide (PCG), supports up to 2GB of single-channel DDR memory, integrates RADEON X300-like graphics core, features a PCI Express x16 graphics slot in addition to one PCI Express x1 and two PCI slots. Input/output (I/O) capabilities of the mainboard include Intel high definition 5.1 audio, 8 USB 2.0 ports, 4 Serial ATA-150 ports, integrated 10/100Mb/s Ethernet and so on.
Intel D101GGC mainboard is currently available for orders from different stores across the world. For instance, a German online store offers the mainboard for approximately $90 (?74), a Canadian online store is also selling the product.
While Intel decided to shift from entry-level low-margin core-logic products, it still sells its affordable microprocessors to customers, which requires the company to take care of appropriate infrastructure, which means that the company may continue to push third-party chipsets in future. Intel’s stamp of approval on this chipset should be a big advantage to ATI Technologies, notes AnandTech web-site, which claims that the selection of the RADEON XPRESS 200 is notable, as Intel’s mainboards are known for their stable operation.