Intel P45 Chipset
Released June, 2008
The Pros:Works well with both DDR2 and DDR3 RAM, great compatibility. Widely supported by various motherboard manfacturers. Good support for modern graphics cards.
The Cons:Can't support SLI or CrossFireX with this chipset.
The P45 Chipset is a high-end chipset architecture by Intel. The P45 socket supports Intel's Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors. The chipset is compatible with DDR3 1066/SDRAM memory sets, as well as DDR2 RAM.
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For comparison purposes, DDR3 RAM operates at a rate of 17 GB/S, whereas DDR2 RAM operates at a rate of 12.8 GB/S. With a DDR3 setup, up to 8GB of RAM are supported, and with a DDR2 setup up to 16GB are supported. The P45 chipset allows for two types of GPU architecture: a single x16 PCI-E slot or dual x8 PCI-E slots. The ICH10R southbridge supports up to 12 USB 2.0 ports, 6 x1 PCI slots, 6 SATA-3Gb/s connectors, and an Intel Gigabit LAN connection. The P45 uses Intel's Quiet System Technology, which minimizes fan speed changes to allow operation to run quieter than previous chipsets.
- Northbridge: Intel P45
- Southbridge: Intel ICH10R
- Socket: Intel Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad
- Memory Support: Up to 8GB DDR3 1066 SDRAM OR Up to 16 GB DDR2 1066 SDRAM
- Graphics Options: 1 x16 PCI-E or 2 x8 PCI-E slots
- Audio Options: Intel HD Audio
- 12 USB 2.0 Ports, 6 x1 PCI Slots, 6 SATA-3Gb/s Connectors
- Intel Gigabit LAN Connection
- Quiet System Technology
User Reviews (1)
works well with both DDR2 and DDR3 RAM, great compatibility
widely supported by various motherboard manfacturers
good support for modern graphics cards
good range of overclocking capabilities
can sometimes unlock dormant cores on a Duo to make it a Quad
integrated Gigabit LAN support has great direct communication with the rest of the system
can't support SLI or CrossFireX with this chipset
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