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The 440LX is Intel's latest and current top-end chipset, designed specifically for their latest and current top-end processor, the Pentium II. The Pentium II was released several months before the 440LX was ready, and so early PII motherboards used the older 440FX chipset. This chipset was never designed with the Pentium II in mind of course, and the 440LX was, optimized specifically to take advantage of its architecture.
Compared to the 440FX, the 440LX chipset offers several improvements. The key ones are:
Of course, the 440LX is used in the latest and best Pentium II motherboards, and supports the SEC packaging used by that processor.