> I've been looking at some of the socket 1155 boards coming out, but have
> noticed something odd over at Newegg. This board, for example:
> The description says that it does not have onboard video, yet it sports
> VGA/DVI/HDMI ports. The manufacturer's page talks about *supporting*
> video standards, but nothing about onboard video.
> Does this motherboard have onboard video or not?
> Also, more generally, what's the outlook for these 1155 boards? Is it
> worth buying one in this first round?
There are Intel processors with a GPU chip inside. Then, there are
chipsets, with display output drive, based on utilizing that GPU.
So you need a motherboard with a chipset that can pick up the GPU
output, then turn it into VGA, DVI, HDMI.
If you buy a motherboard with VGA, DVI, HDMI, and buy a processor
*without* the GPU inside, you get... no signal :-)
So you have to verify on the Intel site, that the chip has a GPU. http://ark.intel.com/products/52206/...Cache-2_80-GHz
You can see the scheme in the block diagram. http://ark.intel.com/inc/images/diagrams/diagram-18.gif
Apparently, that FDI interface, carries output from the GPU, to
the chipset. If the "PCH" supports video, then the motherboard will
have video connectors. But if the processor didn't have a GPU inside
it, there'd be nothing to drive the FDI interface.
When the advert says "Supports Intel HD Graphics 2000/3000",
that is a reference to the GPU inside the Intel processor.
So you can have processors with or without GPU, chipset with
or without video conversion interface, giving combinations
that work and that don't work.
Back in the LGA775 days, the GPU would be inside the Northbridge,
and if you saw the video connectors on the motherboard, then
you knew for sure you'd have working video. The GPU was inside
the MCH. http://ark.intel.com/inc/images/diagrams/diagram-5.gif
You have to be "wide awake" when shopping for the newer stuff...
"Is it worth buying" ? Well, how would we measure that ? The platform
covers a range of processor performance levels, all of which are probably
If you're building a video conversion or rendering box, maybe
something with more processor cores would help.
Maybe something with 10 cores for example. Only $4616.00 http://ark.intel.com/products/53580/...-GTs-Intel-QPI
The thing is, the price rapidly escalates out of sight, once you
go past that 1155 platform.
By comparison, a 2600K is a "bargain". http://ark.intel.com/products/52214/...Cache-3_40-GHz