Motherboard: Intel D875PBZ (Canterwood) Review :: Introduction

04-25-2003 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock

Intel has been forging ahead in the mainstream market and trying to keep up with today's faster and faster CPU's. One of the most prominent battles they have faced is the memory's bottleneck which was first tackled by both the 7205 (Granite Bay) and 845PE chipsets for entry level workstations and mainstream PCs and now with the Canterwood and Springdale chipsets. Both the 875P and the 865P chipsets offer superior Dual-channel DDR400 (PC3200) performance improving on the .7GB/sec, single channel DDR333 memory limitation of and 845PE chipsets. Intel's Granite Bay chipset the 7205 offered dual-channel DDR266 support but its chipset price was too high for a board whose shelf time had a very short life expectancy with better faster chipsets right around the corner.

The 7205 was also plagued with an AGP bug affecting many ATI RADEON users with various unaccounted for restarts and other VGA errors to the dismay of many enthusiasts. The new Canterwood and Springdale chipsets offer true and functioning 8X support so Intel has seemed to beat that dilemma in any case. Intel had found a bug in the 3.0GHz 800MHz CPU's that halted shipment for a few days, but a solution has been found and shipping has resumed its schedule. This bug can be addressed easily by a BIOS patch so it should not affect anyone but Intel is being very careful to protect its patrons just in case. The D875PBZ I received has no sound on-board unlike its 865P cousin that comes with Intel's latest sound solution for the desktop market SoundMax 4.0 but it still is a pretty well fleshed out board all the same. Let's move forward and see what the D875PBZ and Canterwood are all about, read on and get all the details.