Re: DRAM thermal throttling by 440BX chipset

Albert D. Cahalan (
Sun, 21 Nov 1999 02:00:14 -0500 (EST)

Daniel J Blueman writes:

> I was reading about DRAM throttling a while ago from the i440BX chipset
> datasheet, but I couldn't understand why it is implemented, on the basis the
> added complexity monitoring memory-bus activity, etc surely wouldn't
> outweigh the benefit(s) it brings (DIMMs / chipset chips running a bit
> cooler?).

This could be a market segmentation "feature". The specs look similar,
but nerds (often with money) could pay more for something else.
This is like the Celeron, 486SX, and a great many other things the
industry does to squeeze more money out of people who can pay while
keeping a high-volume low-end market at the same time.

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