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Nvidia doesn't pay a licence because it doesn't make Intel chipsets and Via doesn't pay a licence because it's in a self-declared religious war with the Great Satan of Chips.
Even though the GE and PE varieties of chipsets are not now supposed to appear until October, they still appear on the chipset roadmaps right through the year. And now there's the 845GV to contend with too.
On the 18th of August, the 850E will cost $40, the 850 $38, the 845GE $39, the 845G $37, the 845PE $34, the 845E $30, the 845GV $28, the 845 $24, and the 845GL $26. Note that these prices are now close to the 815 chipsets which are shuffling off the component coil faster than a Cornetto would melt in the Kalahari Desert.
On the 29th of September, Intel will make further price cuts but on the 845E, the 845GV, the 845 and the 845GL, each of which will fall by a couple of buckaroos.
The 845GV, as we disclosed yesterday, supports 533MHz buses, has integrated graphics only and no AGP port, and is pin compatible with the 845G. In fact, the 845GL was going to originally look this way earlier in the year, but pressure from mobo makers appear to have caused Chipzilla to postpone these plans.
The 850E does appear to be the last incarnation of an RDRAM chipset at Intel. The latest roadmaps show it validated with PC 1066 memory from Q4, and in Q2 of next year, Springdale in its G and P varieties will occupy the performance segment of the desktop roadmap.
The 845G/GE are displaced in two mainstream sectors of the desktop market by Springdale G, while the 845G/GV and 845 will begin to be displaced by Springdale G in Q2 of next year as well.
In the Celeron sector, Intel continues to push the 845GL chipset but in Q4 the 845GV will be offered as well. µ
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