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[INQ] Intel G45 Failure.

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INTEL'S UPCOMING G45 chipset has a novel problem, it is broken out of the gate. Unlike it's G965 and G35 predecessors, this one is hardware based, not drivers.

Actually, the G965 has both, but the hardware bug was pretty minor, so minor that Intel never bothered to fix it, so scratch DX10 on that part. G35 is a driver problem, and that will maybe be fixed soon so the DRM infested, malware ridden, broken OS will work in all of its polished glory.

The problem with G45 is in the video decoders. We saw early silicon at CeBIT, and they did not demo that aspect of the chipset. We have now learned that the shipping step, A2, has bugged HD video decode hardware, and that just won't work on the initial release chips. There will be another spin, think 2-3 months out, that fixes this.

In the mean time, several vendors are looking to 3rd parties to provide the promised 'HD' functionality, with Broadcom looking to be the big winner here. While this may technically fix the problem, it drives board costs way up and makes inevitable driver woes once later steppings make things work. What a mess. µ
Looks like Intel needs more work on their intergrated video still. AMD 780G or NVIDIA 8200 will be the platforms of choice for HTPCs.
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This is the third concurrent post from INQ that i've read that they have trashed Vista and not even referred to it by name. Anyone know what their issue is I guess I missed it. Ill leave the lack of professionalism alone for now.
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UPDATE 17/04/08 16:42: Intel now says that no non-functional parts will be released. Unofficial word from others at the company say that only a small portion of the chips have problems, and that it only affects a single codec. These will be screened before it reaches customers.
The issue is true but will be addressed.
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Makes me wonder about Intel's confidence in Larrabee...



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and that will maybe be fixed soon so the DRM infested, malware ridden, broken OS will work in all of its polished glory.
So that means it only affects Vista?
    
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Makes me wonder about Intel's confidence in Larrabee...





So that means it only affects Vista?
If DX10 = yes, Vista = req'd.
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