iXBT Labs heeft wat informatie weten te vergaren over de Intel i815EP chipset. De i815EP chipset is de 'opgevoerde' versie van de alom bekende i815E en heeft ondersteuning voor meer geheugen (1,5GB vs. 0,5GB) en moet het doen zonder verrotte onboard graphics. De chipset is verder pin compatible met de i815E en zal waarschijnlijk ergens in het midden van december aangekondigd worden:
The chipset is supposed to appear under the name sounding as "BX133" (in order to avoid confusions with i815E). To tell the truth, we would have definitely taken it for the enhanced Intel 440BX, if it were not for the pin-compatibility with the present i815E.
The new chipset is most likely to be announced in mid December together with the first mainboards based on it. Among the first companies to introduce their BX133-based solutions are: ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, Abit, EPoX, etc. However, we will see Intel 815EP (BX133) based products in retail only in Q1 2001.
Frankly speaking, we though Intel would launch something of the kind a while ago already and we did not understand what prevented the company from doing it earlier. Especially, since the slow integrated graphics just added to the chipset cost and not to its attractiveness.