How fast will the i845G go?
It is still unclear when Intel's first Pentium 4 chipset with integrated graphics, the i845G, will hit the market. But the graphics performance of the chip is already receiving particular praise. First a release was planned for the third quarter of 2002, then they talked about May and now even about April.
Unfortunately, it is still unclear whether Intel will introduce PC2700 support with the i845G. Taiwanese graphics card manufacturers see so much potential in the i845G that it could take up 10-30 percent of the graphics card market, as it is said to be the first chipset with integrated graphics to deliver the performance of a GeForce2 MX400. So far, even Nvidia's own nForce chipset has not managed to do this. While the graphics card manufacturer believes that SiS will tend to focus on the low-cost market, the i845G from Intel should cover the middle and high-end market. This assessment is likely to be a bit exaggerated, however, since the performance of a GeForce2 MX400 is no longer in the high-end segment. If the i845G fulfills the expectations placed in it, however, it should be the fastest integrated graphics solution for the time being.