Partners Showcase AMD RD790 Motherboards
Anh Tuan Huynh
June 6, 2007 7:18 PM
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ASUS, DFI and Gigabyte prepare RD790, RD780 and RX780 motherboards
AMD motherboard partners displayed RD790-based motherboards at Computex 2007. ASUS, DFI and Gigabyte have
motherboards on display. Gigabyte is the only partner to have a live demonstration of RD790, from what we have seen. The Gigabyte GA-M790-DQ6 features four PCIe 2.0 x16 slots capable of dual x16 or quad x8 configurations.
The live demo of the Gigabyte GA-M790-DQ6 did not have two ATI Radeon GPUs operating in CrossFire. Instead, Gigabyte equipped the RD790 demo system with a single ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT.
The Gigabyte GA-M790-DQ6 does not have any PCIe x1 slots. However, the GA-M790-DQ6 features two standard PCI slots. Gigabyte also equips the GA-M790-DQ6 with a Realtek ALC889 high-definition audio codec capable of 106dB signal-to-noise ratios.
ASUS had the M3A32-MVP Deluxe on display. The upcoming ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe supports Socket AM2+ processors with
, or HT3. The board features dual PCIe 2.0 x16, three PCI and one PCIe x1 slots. The ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe will also support DDR2-1066 memory.
ASUS equips the M3A32-MVP Deluxe with an elaborate heat-pipe cooling setup. The heat-pipe cools the RD790, SB600 and accompanying system memory.
DFI had the LANPartyUT RD790-M2R on display. The LANPartyUT RD790-M2R features four PCIe 2.0 x16, two PCI and one PCIe x1 slots. DFI only claims HyperTransport 1.0 support with the LANPartyUT RD790-M2R. Nevertheless, the LANPartyUT RD790-M2R features a six-phase Vcore and one-phase digital PWM. Additionally, the DFI LANPartyUT features dual Gigabit Ethernet ports with teaming technology and DFI Bernstein eight-channel audio.
ASUS had additional AMD 7-series motherboards on display – the M3A-MVP and M3A. The ASUS M3A-MVP features the mainstream RD780 chipset with a cut-down PCIe lane configuration. ASUS equips the M3A-MVP with two physical PCIe 2.0 x16 slots. The PCIe 2.0 x16 slots default to dual eight-lane configurations when both slots are occupied.
The ASUS M3A-MVP also features three PCIe x1 and two PCI slots for expansion. The vanilla M3A-MVP does not receive the elaborate heat-pipe setup as its deluxe brethren.
Lastly is the value-level ASUS M3A. The ASUS M3A features the AMD RX780 chipset paired with the SB600. The AMD RX780 does not support CrossFire. The ASUS M3A features one PCIe 2.0 x16, three PCIe x1 and three PCI slots.
Expect AMD RD790, RD780 and RX780 motherboards later this year.
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What's the interest level?
6/7/2007 8:24:43 AM
I started using non-Intel CPU's back in the NextGen days, prior to AMD purchasing NextGen. We're talking mid-90's. Late last year I switched back to Intel with the C2D lineup being too good to ignore, and I am probably going to get a quad when the next price cuts kick in. Since I've switched back I've gotten the impression that many, many others swtiched along with me. Which makes me wonder, what kind of interest is there for these boards and AMD's next gen of CPU's? I'll happily hold off from getting a Q6600 if the next round of AMD boards/cpu's are worthy, but I can't help but doubt they will be. It does not make me happy to write that. I want AMD to take back the lead, but they way they've handled things lately, especially with ATI, does not give me hope.
RE: What's the interest level?
6/7/2007 8:52:23 AM
I feel the same way.
AMD's current situation could largely have been avoided if it was managed better. They needed to have a more transparent PR approach probably most importantly.
And I think they should have got AM2+ boards out as soon as possible, and respin the higher rated Athlon X2's on 65nm.
launching AM2+ boards sooner would mean more people would have bought them for use with Barcelona.
but hey what I do know, I'm just one of the millions of enthusiasts who are now seriously considering or have already invested in intel, because AMD didnt deliver. I mean, there is no
AMD's marketing team could have been wrong, could they?
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