Heart of the PC - 10 Years of Motherboards

Timeline: 1998


  • Intel was the dominant force in the industry then, with its few rivals like AMD and Cyrix either scrabbling in the low-end segment or unable to provide a viable alternative to the Pentium brand. The Pentium II had just been launched in 1997 and early 1998 saw the introduction of the 440BX chipset from Intel, arguably one of the most popular chipsets ever for any processor. The chipset was capable of being overclocked up to 133MHz from its official 100MHz FSB and even supported the later Pentium III processors that would debut in 1999. Given the high cost of RDRAM that Intel tried to foster onto the public with its later i820 chipset, it was perhaps unsurprising that users stuck with their 440BX boards for a while to come.