Feeds

ATI unwraps dual x16 CrossFire Xpress 3200

World's first single-chip dual PCI-I x16 implementation

High performance access to file storage

ATI has announced its Radeon CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset, as anticipated, with its support for twin PCI Express x16 slots for CrossFire configurations - the first single-chip North Bridge to do so - and provision of "unprecedented overclocking capabilities".

The chip maker said the AMD Socket 939-oriented chipset - aka the RD580 - will allow up to 60 per cent overclocking without recourse to non-standard cooling systems or changes to the default voltage settings. When it's overclocked, it provides "unparalled stability", ATI claimed. The board's "enthusiast-friendly" BIOS allows users to tune "every possible motherboard component for maximum overclocking potential", the blurb reads, including multiplier, front side bus, HyperTransport option, memory, CPU and the PCI Express interfaces.

ATI didn't go into details, but the chipset is expected to support AMD's upcoming Socket AM2 too. It adds a pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports, two Firewire ports and support for up to eight 3Gbps Serial ATA devices. It supports up to eight USB 2.0 ports, up to seven PCI slots and up to to four parallel-ATA peripherals. HD Audio is in the mix too.

The chipset provides 40 PCI Express lines - 32 for the two x16 slots - and it's the first CrossFire system to allow even Radeon X1900 and X1800 boards to run together without the need for master and slave card set-ups. ®

Watch out for Reg Hardware's Xpress 3200 review later today

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
WTF happened to Pac-Man?
In his thirties and still afraid of ghosts
Reg man builds smart home rig, gains SUPREME CONTROL of DOMAIN – Pics
LightwaveRF and Arduino: Bright ideas for dim DIYers
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
Happy 25th birthday, Game Boy!
Monochrome handset ushered in modern mobile gaming era
Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad
Will iPad Air evolve into iPad Helium?
True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras
Time to ditch that heavy DSLR? Maybe in a year, year and a half
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.