Dave at Hexus sends the word that they're looking at 2 things today, a P4 2
GHz chip and the Shuttle AV 40, that board is based on the P4X266. Both are
a good read as usual. Take a look at the P4
At the time Intel were making (and still are) a lot of fuss about NetBurst,
the underlying architecture on the P4 processor. They are banking on NetBurst
to give the P4 world beating performance as the clock speeds are ramped up well
into the high 2GHz range as the technology scales very well with high clock
speed. However at the time of launch it was agreed that while the new processors
were technologically impressive, the low IPC of the processor architecture due
to its design didn't give them incredible performance at the launched speeds.
We recently took a look at Intel's own official DDR chipset for the Pentium4
Processor, the i845-D, in the form of the MSI 845 Ultra ARU. MSI packed a load
of features onto their upgrade to the original 845 Pro2 and we were very impressed.
VIA and SiS both have competing DDR chipsets available for the Pentium 4 and
the Shuttle takes the VIA option and uses the controversial P4X266 chipset.