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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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RE: Will we ever see SLi with RD790?
By bryanW1995 on 10/10/2007 12:52:01 AM , Rating: 2
nvidia has not licensed sli to intel, either. there were rumors (later proven false) that they were going to with 975 boards, and there have been rumors now, too, but it looks like nvidia wants the sli market all to themselves...:(

RE: Will we ever see SLi with RD790?
By cheetah2k on 10/10/2007 1:27:03 AM , Rating: 1
Are you sure?

The key notes here being:


NVIDIA nForce 100 Media and Communications Processors Provide An Exciting SLI-Ready Platform for Intel Customers
Intel demonstrated its new “Skulltrail” motherboard at this week’s Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco, CA. Skulltrail is a dual-socket motherboard that is targeted at ultra-high-end desktop enthusiasts and workstation customers.
The Skulltrail motherboard uses Intel's workstation “Stoakley” chipset designed for 2P CPU operation (1P configurations are not supported).
To enable NVIDIA SLI support, Intel has purchased NVIDIA nForce 100 SLI MCPs from NVIDIA.
The NVIDIA nForce 100 MCP converts a single x16 PCI Express Gen 1 bus into dual x16 PCI Express Gen 1 buses. This is how SLI is being supported on Skulltrail.
NVIDIA assisted Intel in the bring-up and testing of the Skulltrail motherboard which was publicly demonstrated at the Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco this week.
NVIDIA SLI technology is the world’s leading multi-GPU platform, allowing multiple NVIDIA GeForce graphics processing units (GPUs) to work together, resulting in scalable performance.
Intel has not licensed SLI technology from NVIDIA. Intel purchased NVIDIA nForce 100 MCPs to enable support for SLI.
Skulltrail is the only Intel motherboard which will feature NVIDIA SLI support. Intel is not using the NVIDIA nForce 100 MCP on any other chipsets, including X38.
For other 1P segments of the Intel market, NVIDIA has a wide variety of SLI products already available, including the leading nForce 680i SLI MCP for enthusiasts and gamers.
Skulltrail motherboards will only be available directly from Intel.

and here:

To say we don't hold NV in high regard is far from understating the case. The firm is seen by most journalists as slightly lower on the 'happy things' scale then finding infected leeches on your genitals after a swim in the sewer. We didn't think it could be possible, but their standing dropped even further when we found out that Intel's upcoming X38 chipset will do SLI.

You know, i just wouldnt put anything past Intel. My bets are on SLi being supported in the not to distant future

RE: Will we ever see SLi with RD790?
By Treckin on 10/10/2007 1:54:58 AM , Rating: 2

His point, although flawed, was that Nvidia hasnt licensed their SLI tech to AMD's CHIPSET devision OR Intel's CHIPSET division.

You can run SLI on an AMD or INTEL PROCESSOR, so long as it runs an an NVIDIA NB

RE: Will we ever see SLi with RD790?
By cheetah2k on 10/10/07, Rating: 0
By PlasmaBomb on 10/10/2007 7:43:57 AM , Rating: 2
Skulltrail boards are based on an Intel chip, with an add in N100 chip from Nvidia. The only reason to use that chip is to enable SLI; as the Nvidia drivers only enable SLI Nvidia systems (bar Quadro).

The end result is that should Nvidia build a pro chipset for workstations supporting dual quad core xeons, its graphical performance will likely be superior due to the north bridge supporting SLI rather than going through the NB to another chip. Thus if customers buy the Intel board Nvidia still make money, and if Nvidia make a chipset, they make money...

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