Volume Shipments Of G965-Based Motherboards Again Delayed
Due to a problem with chipset drivers, motherboard makers cannot start shipping products utilizing Intel's G965 Express chipset, sources at Taiwan's motherboard industry indicated. Expecting new drivers to be released in October, the makers accordingly delay their shipments, the sources said.
According to the sources, motherboard makers planned that G965-based models may begin hitting the market last month, being informed by Intel that the G965 chipset will be ready for volume shipments from the middle of August with two versions of driver sets, 14.24 and 14.25. However, since neither version came out with Shader Model 3.0 support, the makers were forced to revise their plans, the sources explained.
Intel is now expected to update drivers for the G965 chipset every six months, enabling more features and improving its graphics performance, according to the sources. The chipmaker said at its website that the G965 chipset incorporates the GMA X3000 graphics core to provide 3D enhancements, including Shader Model 3.0 support.
According to Intel Taiwan, the G965 chipset has successfully passed necessary validation procedures prior to shipments to customers, and no errors were found.
As reported on July 31, motherboard makers expected the G965 to be ready for volume shipments in the end of July, at the same day with the launch of desktop Core 2 Duo (Conroe) processors. However, a defect in the integrated graphics subsystem was found, and shipments were postponed, the makers indicated.
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