Tuesday, May 29th 2007

Early pictures & info of the AMD RD790 board

OCWorkbench has some interesting, but blurry pictures of a RD790 board. It is the successor to the RD580 or 580X chipset. I features four full length PCIe x16 slots and can actually use 4 graphic cards in Crossfire. Turns out there is no real performance gain with such a setup.

Source: OCWorkbench
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15 Comments on Early pictures & info of the AMD RD790 board

#1
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: Darksaber
OCWorkbench has some interesting, but blurry pictures of a RD790 board. It is the successor to the RD580 or 580X chipset. I features four full length PCIe x16 slots and can actually use 4 graphic cards in Crossfire. Turns out there is no real performance gain with such a setup.
at least not yet
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#2
mdm-adph
by: Darksaber
Turns out there is no real performance gain with such a setup.
...if you're not using four cards, yeah.
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#3
Ripper3
The extra two slots will likely be more useful for physics, at least at first, until drivers improving quad-Crossfire come about. Grab an X1550, or another cheap X1x00 card (I'm not really certain on which cards can be used for physics, but I'm guessing the X1x00 series should give rudimentary support, right?), stick it in the PCIe slot, and use it for physics.

Other than, very useful for the ultimate multi-monitor setup, heheh, or for developers (even though the point of diminished returns with monitors is meant to be at 3/4 monitors for most), or maybe stocks (enough on-screen real-estate to display alot of information).
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#4
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Nothing against AMD as I love them, but hearing they have a new chipset when its designed by ATI just kind of sounds funny to me. I wish they would give it the ATI RD790 moniker. Granted, I know that when they purchased them some of the stuff would go AMD but I guess I was hoping that the Chipsets and vga boards would be the same :).


anywho, on to the board. Blurry pics dont really do it justice. Its a nice feature laden board to be sure. 4 16X PCIe slots?!?!?!??! Good Lord that is alot of slots. Imagine Quad crossfire or crossfire and crossphysics :)
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#5
Ripper3
Well, the chipsets are going to be marked and marketed as AMD chipsets (even though the ATi division is still developing them), but they did say they'd leave the graphics card chip names well alone and keep the ATi and Radeon naming scheme, so they're not changing everything just yet.
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#6
Saurian
by: Ripper3
The extra two slots will likely be more useful for physics, at least at first, until drivers improving quad-Crossfire come about. Grab an X1550, or another cheap X1x00 card (I'm not really certain on which cards can be used for physics, but I'm guessing the X1x00 series should give rudimentary support, right?), stick it in the PCIe slot, and use it for physics.

Other than, very useful for the ultimate multi-monitor setup, heheh, or for developers (even though the point of diminished returns with monitors is meant to be at 3/4 monitors for most), or maybe stocks (enough on-screen real-estate to display alot of information).
Doubt it. They don't want us saving money by finding cheap cards used to do it with. If its true that they will allow a third/fourth/whatever card to offload physics onto...it'll certainly have some requirements like...same generation, or minimum of 2600, etc. It can't be that easy, its not financially smart. And this company is not exactly financially sound.
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#8
DaMulta
My stars went supernova


I want one
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#9
Leon2ky
...am I the only one who notices those pictures say "X3600"?
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#10
mdm-adph
No, but the one DaMulta posted does say "Wahoo."

And quad-crossfire? Pshhh.

Give me four X1950 Duals and I'll have Octo-Crossfire.
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#11
erocker
by: Leon2ky
...am I the only one who notices those pictures say "X3600"?
Sorry bro, they say x1600 :p
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#12
numlock2.0
I do hope Phenom will be awesome when it is released. The board looks pretty nice, I'd like one :)

I also like the Shark inscription on the motherboard in the first picture in the link that CBOT posted. (That was an awkward sentence)
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#13
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Yeah I like the green and black color scheme. I dont like how some of the capacitors are bent on there (soldered good Im sure) and how the SATA Connectors are black and around a bunch of other black colored parts, like USB headers and stuff. Makes it kind of confusing. They should have thrown those in as RED :)
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#14
Wile E
Power User
Hopefully this one will clock better than the 580x chipset.

Any word on projected release dates?
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#15
tkpenalty
The motherboard surely looks good but some red in it please!!! So... both competitors are now going to be black+green. Great.


EDIT:

http://www.hwupgrade.it/articoli/1723/1.jpg

god that is sweet.... but isnt it supposed to be black PCB and green slots or something? :laugh: anyways... so Nvidia is Dark garbage green and AMD is light green. Heh... this mobo would fit in my case without trouble :). But is it just me or has AMD caught big PCBitis? Looks great.
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