by Anton Shilov
03/08/2004 | 03:52 PM
A pretty well-known mainboard company – Soltek Computer – is rumored to introduce a mainboard with Socket T for LGA775 processors powered by a previous generation core-logic.
LGA775 microprocessors from Intel are projected to emerge in the second quarter of the year and enable new speed increases along with some feature-set improvements. Previously it was unclear whether LGA775 chips are compatible with existing infrastructure or not. However, if the information about a mainboard based on i865PE chipset appears to be correct and the product really enters the market, it will be possible to conclude about certain kind of compatibility between future Pentium 4 E processors and existing infrastructure.
According to VR-Zone, Soltek SL-865-Pro-775 mainboard has the following specifications:
Given that the mainboard does not sport any trendy capabilities, such as PCI Express, DDR-II SDRAM, or Wi-Fi, Soltek SL-865-Pro-775 should be a pretty cost-effective solution that is likely to be capable of handling CPUs at 3.60GHz and above. In overall, such mainboard should be a decent choice for loads of end-users, even though i865PE is projected to be ia bit slower compared to the newer i915P/i925X offerings.
The fact that Soltek has found a way to layout Socket T on an i865PE-based mainboard may also mean that eventually there will be LGA775-to-PGA478 converters to allow installation of modern processors on slightly outdated mainboards. While the necessity for such converters is open to dispute, as nowadays Intel offers quite a lot of benefits with every new platform, some end-users may surely take advantage from this.