Intel Corporation had reportedly added support for AGP-bus in its i915-series (Grantsdale) chipsets that initially should not support the technology. The reasons for the move are not clear, as AGP seemingly does not function really fast.
In an attempt to revolutionize the market of personal computer platforms Intel larded its forthcoming chipsets with massive array of new technologies: new core-logic sets from Intel – i915G, i915P, i925X and derivatives – will bring dual-channel DDR2 SDRAM memory, PCI Express x16 and x1 lanes for add-in cards, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 (i915G only), 4 Serial ATA-150, high-definition (Azalia) audio as well as some other important capabilities, such as integrated WLAN or promising RAID technologies.
Since DDR2 memory is likely to be priced at high level initially, Intel added support for conventional DDR SDRAM into mainstream and performance-mainstream oriented i915-series chipsets. PCI Express x16 graphics cards are not likely to be charged higher compared to solutions intended for AGP 8x bus, but it appears that Intel still decided to add support for AGP 8x slot into its new core-logic products for some reason.
A number of mainboard makers, including Gigabyte and ECS, will launce i915P-powered platforms with PEG x16 and AGP 8x slots for graphics cards.While allowing to install end-users AGP 8x graphics cards into next-generation personal computers may be considered as a positive news, it does not mean really a lot of sense for customers seeking for modern technologies.
News source: X-Bit Labs