The long-awaited Intel 925 / 915 platform has finally hit the channels and it brings more innovation to the table than any other platform in the last decade. PCI Express formerly known as 3GIO, fully functional SATA, a new memory platform and all of that paired with a new speed stepping of the Pentium4 -- with a complete facelift and a a new socket. "Look Mommy, no Pins" is the latest advertising slogan, er, we made that one up...
From a design standpoint, there are distinct advantages and disadvantages to the new components and interfaces, vaguely comparable to curing the bubonic plague with a broadsword. In other words, there are many shifts in paradigms and much novelty but are changes really all for the better or will they only move some critical issues away from the spotlight into the chiaroscuro of marketing glitter?
We spent some time with the new platform, then came new drivers and we spent some more time with the new platform and before there are more new drivers, we thought we finally put together a series of articles dealing with the different aspects of the Intel 9xx platform, including the $64,000 question "How does it perform". We'll go through it step by step, though.