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The Intel G45 Chipset is Intel's top of the line as of Summer 2008, and is the integrated graphics version of the X45 chipset.

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Onboard video

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Supports the latest PCIe and SATA technologies

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HD Video and Audio

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Dual-channel DDR2/3 RAM support

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Hardware decoding is broken

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Does not support Intel Pentium processors

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The Intel G45 Chipset is Intel's top of the line as of Summer 2008, and is the integrated graphics version of the X45 chipset. Supporting the same high-end Dual and Quad core processors as the X45 the G45's integrated graphic solutions is marketed towards Home Theater PC builders. Intel claims the integrated video decoder puts less strain on the CPU and lets even lower powered processors handle 1080p Blu-Ray discs. As of August 19th these decoding capabilities are not functional and most of the processing is still done on the CPU side. Intel claims they are working on the problem.

Features
  • Supports Intel Core 2 Duo/Quad and Intel Celeron Processors
  • HD 1080p Video Output
  • HD Audio
  • PCIe x16 (2.0)
  • SATA II 3Gbps
  • Dual-channel DDR2 and DDR3 Support
  • eSATA Support
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