AGP 8x already at the end of the year?
ALi is currently working on 2 new chips with AGP 8x support. The chips are expected in the 4th quarter. The ALi M1661 supports the Pentium 4 and the ALi M1667 is a socket A chipset for AMD processors. In addition to AGP 8x, both chipsets also support PC2100/PC1600 DDR SDRAM and PC100/133 SDRAM.
Thanks to the high speed Link Bus is a fast connection between the north and south bridges. The integrated M1563 Southbridge offers a number of new features. In addition to the standard features such as ATA-100, AC-Link, software modem, 1/10/100MBit Ethernet and HomePNA, the new chips support up to 6 USB 2.0 ports and Sony's memory stick interface. It remains to be seen whether the graphics cards will need a bandwidth of 2.1 GByte/s by then, as the GeForce3 does not yet suffer from an AGP port that is too slow and AGP 4x is not even used. On the other hand, by then, of course, there will also be new graphics cards on the market that may then be able to exploit the new technology. In addition, AGP 8x will for the first time have to struggle with the fact that the port is faster than the memory used on the mainboard. It would make little sense to use AGP 8x, but only to use PC1600 DDR SDRAM, as this can only transfer 1.6 GByte/s. At the moment, the graphics cards hardly make use of texture swapping anyway, as they have enough memory on the card.