The amazing dominance of the 440BX chipset may have partially inspired hubris at Intel that lead to a series of bad decisions, like RDRAM (Rambus) and the 33-stage pipelines of the Pentium 4. Once pride was swallowed, Intel backtracked into better products that used standard memory and efficient pipelines. In order to increase sales, however, they began a practice of requiring new motherboard chipsets each processor generation, and this continues to today.
In this way the 440BX represents the greatest period of computer upgrading in history, a golden age of technology that will seemingly never be repeated. In a future post we will see similarities with Microsoft's WindowsXP product, which was also followed by bad decision making, a poor product cycle, and continuous incompatibility.