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ATI adds Radeon Xpress 1100/1150 to the table

ATI has announced its latest core logic chipsets for AMD's AM2 platform. Two new chipsets are being announced for AM2: the Radeon Xpress 1100 and the Radeon Xpress 1150. Also new is the SB600 series southbridge which offers support for ten USB 2.0 ports, four SATA-II ports, RAID, HD Audio and legacy support for PATA devices. Native Command Queuing (NCQ) is also present on the southbridge. The SB600 southbridge supports both AMD and Intel platforms.

The Radeon Xpress 1100/1150 IGPs feature a Radeon X300 graphics core clocked at 300Mhz (Xpress 1100) and 400MHz (Xpress 1150). Up to 128MB of memory can be allocated to the GPU thanks to ATI's HyperMemory technology. The GPU is fully DirectX9 compliant and features support for Vertex Shader 2.0 and Pixel Shader 2.0 so support for Vista Aero Glass is assured. Other niceties include SurroundView technology which allows for up to three monitors to be used with an accompanying ATI graphics card, dual independent displays (CRT/LCD, TV/LCD), DVI support and an integrated TV encoder. The Radeon Xpress 1100 series features one PCIe x16 link and four general purpose PCIe x1 links.

ATI's CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipsets carryover for Socket AM2 platform. We should expect to see motherboards featuring Radeon Xpress 1100/SB600 within the next month.

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is it me?
By ElJefe69 on 5/23/2006 4:00:43 PM , Rating: 2
Is it me or does every board do almost the same blessed thing the past few years? And nearly the same real life speed (like 1-3% differences)?

For people that have 1 or 2 hd's, 1 separate video card, an audigy2zs, I mean, does any new board actually offer a blessed thing different? True passive cooling is only one i can think of as we move away again from nHot4 chipsets with makeshift pricey heatsinks and pipes.

RE: is it me?
By Knish on 5/23/2006 5:56:51 PM , Rating: 2
Motherboards became a commidity 5 years ago. I dunno why the industry still thinks otherwise.

RE: is it me?
By android1st on 5/23/2006 8:23:21 PM , Rating: 2
One word sums up the differences between motherboards: stability. The amount of time the manufacturer spends testing and making sure everything will hold together. Passive cooling? Who cares?

RE: is it me?
By Targon on 5/23/2006 10:06:47 PM , Rating: 2
The reason for the performance being so close is caused by AMD moving the memory controller onto the CPU. The big difference between chipsets used to be caused by memory controller differences. Now we see SLI vs. Crossfire as the big difference between ATI and NVIDIA chipsets, but the majority of the other features are similar. SATA controller differences are the only area where we may see some performance differences.

So what's the verdict on the SB600?
By GTaudiophile on 5/23/2006 2:03:32 PM , Rating: 2
Did ATI do their homework or release another sub-par SB?

RE: So what's the verdict on the SB600?
By xdrol on 5/23/2006 2:41:14 PM , Rating: 2
I would wait till tests out, but I suppose, they did.

By nordicpc on 5/24/2006 10:07:17 AM , Rating: 2
Early benchmarks have shown that it does work fairly well. Also, with regard to power, nVidia's chipsets seem to be using anywhere from 20-40 watts more than ATI's now.

Nice news to support both Intel and AMD platforms
By hstewarth on 5/23/2006 1:45:25 PM , Rating: 2
I think it is nice news for ATI support both Intel and AMD. It gives users a choice. I hope nVidia also does this.

By soydios on 5/23/2006 1:52:53 PM , Rating: 2
nVidia has the nForce4 for both Intel and AMD. I expect them to release nForce5 for LGA775 and/or Core2Duo

By fanbanlo on 5/23/2006 2:15:54 PM , Rating: 2
SurroundView is always mentioned but not thoroughly tested. Does it work well? or just one of those unpolished features from ATI's marketing?

RE: SurroundView
By vba on 5/30/2006 12:53:52 PM , Rating: 2
I've been using the SurroundView feature with the MS482M4ILD motherboard from MSI (RS482 northbridge) and X1300 or X1600XT cards with 4 monitors with great results.

A very cheap way to put up 4 monitors (2 Analog, 2 DVI).

The DVI port on the motherboard is only usable by a DVI monitor and will not work with a DVI-VGA converter.

Awesome feature.

Very configurable, able to use simultaneous TV if card supports. Very cool.

Also allows use of projector and multiple monitors simultaneously (and usefully)

I don't know why I haven't seen more praise for this.

Raid 10
By electriple9 on 5/23/2006 8:13:52 PM , Rating: 2
Is this ati chipset really going to support raid 10, or is it raid 0+1.

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