ATI Technologies Inc., has introduced the Crossfire Xpress 3200 chipset and Radeon Xpress 1100 series of chipsets, for advanced AMD’s socket AM2 motherboards.
ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200 is more than just a Socket 939 chipset. The new ATI dual X16 chipset would be launched for Socket 939, but it was designed from the ground up for AMD Socket AM2. ATI is now showing how well the CrossFire Xpress 3200 performs on the new AM2 socket with DDR2 memory.
The feature-rich Crossfire Xpress 3200 chipset and Radeon Xpress 1100 series of chipsets employ ATI’s new Southbridge Technology, the SB600 series, which provides the most connectivity options available today, including 10 USB 2.0 ports, 4 SATA Generation II ports, RAID support, high-definition audio, and support for established connectivity options, such as parallel ATA.
According to company, ATI Xpress 3200 now covers RD580 Socket 939 and AM2. RD480 is now combined with SB600 with the new name Xpress 1600. The integrated graphics solution, based on RS485, is now marketed as Radeon Xpress 1150.
The SB600 also makes use of disk controller technologies such as the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) with native command queuing to provide super-fast access to data storage, making games, applications, and files load faster.
Phil Eisler, Sr VP & GM, integrated & mobile business unit, ATI Technologies, said, “The Crossfire Xpress 3200 and Radeon Xpress 1100 series of chipsets for socket AM2 introduce new, high-performance platform options for enthusiasts and everyday PC users alike. We’ve combined the best performing multi-GPU chipset in the world, and a more powerful integrated graphics chipset, with our new Southbridge technology to deliver unparalleled connectivity options, phenomenal transfer speeds, and the promise of future performance under Vista that today is unmatched by anyone.”
At the product launch, ATI was a bit reluctant to provide the sample motherboards for testing purposes hinting that it will still be several weeks until retail 3200 AM2 boards will appear in the marketplace.
ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200 AMD socket AM2 chipsets aims to make ATI fully competitive in features with the top NVIDIA offerings for AMD.
With AM2 comes the long-awaited SB600, with support for SATA2 and much improved USB performance. ATI would tell you, however, that RD580 is more than just competitive with the best from NVIDIA.
The new ATI Crossfire Xpress 3200 delivers advanced tuning capabilities in an enthusiast motherboard, and the world’s fastest gaming performance, made even faster with AMD’s new dual-core processors. Crossfire Xpress 3200 delivered unrestricted dual x16 PCI Express performance, enabling high-definition gameplay using a Crossfire multi-GPU setup such as mainstream graphics with ATI Radeon X1600 Crossfire.
The new controller also ensures blazing disk performance in next Microsoft Windows Windows OS (Vista) on AMD systems using the native AHCI driver – something that’s only supported today on ATI platforms.
ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 series
The ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 series of chipsets compatible with socket AM2 brings strong performance to mainstream systems in areas such as graphics-intensive business applications, the latest 3D games, and high-quality multimedia and digital entertainment. ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 series also includes support for DirectX 9 and DDR2 up to 667 MHz. Digital content creation, viewing, and editing; and smooth DVD playback is assured thanks to integrated video processing and acceleration.
The new ATI Crossfire Xpress 3200 and ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 series of chipsets for socket AM2 will be available from Asus, Asrock, Abit, AOpen, DFI, ECS, Epox, Jetway and MSI and other ATI partner distributors in India.