Intel to release 10 million entry-level 865 chipsets

By Justin Mann on
The time-tested i865 chipset is going to see another introduction, with an entry-level 865 chipset being shipped en-masse, 10 million units total. Intel is selling 5 million of those to Asustek, likely to be seen in a low priced entry level board. Intel continues to make strange moves, considering they themselves stated their interest in getting out of the entry level sector. VIA is concerned that if Intel continues to produce this volume for entry-level, it will impact the market (as in, impact VIA's profits). Intel is still planning to move away from 865, though, with the chipset going from 30% to 10% of the total volume they ship In many ways, however, the 865 is getting long in the tooth and the 9x5 series are quickly replacing it in many areas.

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