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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 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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