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  (Source: MSI)
MSI announces its first RD790-based board

MSI today announced its K9A2 Platinum Motherboard based on AMD’s RD790 chipset, officially dubbed the 790FX. The 790FX serves as AMD’s primary single and dual-processor platform and replaces AMD’s antiquated 580X chipset. The new MSI board comes with support for a host of new features, including support for AMD quad-core processors and Crossfire X.

The K9A2 Platinum supports all AM2+ processors, which means it will work with AMD’s upcoming Phenom quad-core, tri-core and dual-core desktop processors. Existing AM2 processors are also supported by the newest board BIOS.

The 790FX also brings 41 PCIe 2.0 lanes to AMD’s AM2+ platform, allowing manufacturers flexibility in the number of PCIe slots integrated on the board. The K9A2 comes with four PCIe 2.0 x16 slots and supports AMD’s Triple-Play Technology. In addition, MSI goes a step further by offering Quad Crossfire capability on the mainboard. 

As of right now, AMD has not officially launched Triple-Play technology. MSI indicates, however, the official debut should take place soon. AMD guidance claims ATI RV670, Phenom and RD790 will simultaneously launch together next month.


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so the hardware supports triple play, eh?
By Fenixgoon on 10/9/2007 10:56:19 PM , Rating: 3
and precisely what software does?

not trying to beat down the mobo at all, but like the ageia physx card - going with 2 video cards is expensive, let alone 3 (even a low end one).

i'm not sure about most people, but i try and sell off as much old hardware as possible to bring down the cost of new hardware.




By mars777 on 10/10/2007 2:09:07 PM , Rating: 2
Is there a possibility to use old cards in Crossfire with newer ones?


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