Tuesday, November 20th 2007

ASUS Announces Spider Platform

ASUS today announced a combination of motherboard and graphics cards based on the new AMD 790FX chipset and ATI Radeon HD3800 series GPUs to deliver a next-generation DirectX 10 gaming experience. Designed to complement the AMD Phenom processors to form the ultimate Spider platform, the new M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP motherboard and the EAH3850/3870 graphics cards feature the latest AMD technologies and supports Quad Crossfire.

"The combination of the new technologies from AMD and legendary engineering from ASUS creates a potent platform for enthusiasts. The scalable hardware design means our common customers benefit from both the performance and the upgradeability stand points," commented Timothy Lin, Director of Product Management at ASUS Computer International.

Unique Motherboard Design Results in Superb Stability
Traditional thermal solutions for memory modules, like memory heat spreaders, only dissipate heat away from the modules; but the heat is still trapped within the system itself. ASUS' exclusive Cool Mempipe effectively transfers the heat generated by the memory chips to the heat sink near the back I/O ports, where it can be effectively dissipated by existing airflows within the system. The ASUS revolutionary memory heat pipe solution lowers the memory temperatures by up to 10°C in water cooled systems and up to 5°C in air cooled systems, resulting in a more stable computing environment. To accommodate all memory build types, its flexible design makes it compatible with single or double-sided memory modules (with or without heat spreaders).

Overclocking Taken to the Next Level
To allow maximum overclocking without system crashes, the ASUS exclusive Precision Tweaker 2 technology lets users adjust the NB, SB, and DRAM voltages in 0.02v increments. By adjusting the voltages in smaller increments, users can safely achieve the highest voltage the system supports,, resulting in the best overcloking performance possible.

The M3A Series of Motherboards
The ASUS M3A series includes the M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP and the M3A. Both motherboards support the HyperTransport 3 (HT3) system bus, new PCI Express 2.0 graphics interface, and the AMD Phenom quad-core processors. They also incorporate a host of features including: ASUS Q-Shield for easy installation, AI Gear 2 to maximize CPU power usage, and Quiet Thermal Solutions for improved stability and a cooler operating environment.

As part of this potent combination of performance hardware, the new EAH3850/G/HTDI/256MB and EAH3870/G/HTDI/512MB graphics cards take full advantage of ATI Radeon HD 3850 and 3870 graphics processing units. Both units are designed to provide a feature-rich DirectX 10 (DX10) gaming experience and the best multimedia playback. With the integrated SmartDoctor feature, users will have the option to overclock the Shader Clock for even better graphical performance. The ASUS EAH3850 and EAH3870 come bundled with the hottest DX10 game, Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts.

Overclock the Shader Clock with New SmartDoctor
ASUS garners yet another "World's first" with the new SmartDoctor by providing an overclocking utility that is able to tweak the Shader Clock on GPUs. With this application, users will be able to overclock the Shader Clock and Engine Clock independently, resulting in astonishing performance boosts without the hassles of rebooting or re-flashing their BIOS.

PCI Express 2.0 and up to 512MB Onboard Memory for Best Graphical Output
The ASUS EAH3850/G/HTDI/256MB and EAH3870/G/HTDI/512MB support both PCI Express and PCI Express 2.0, enabling users to enjoy double the data rate of the popular serial bus. With up to 512MB of on-board memory, hardware performance is greatly enhanced allowing users to fully enjoy games or movies without lag or stuttering.

Exclusive ASUS GamerOSD for Versatile Graphics Control
The Radeon 3800 series of cards comes with the exclusive ASUS GamerOSD, a utility that unleashes the true power of ASUS graphics cards. This feature is able to deliver GPU overclocking from on-screen displays during games: allowing users real-time performance upgrades on the fly. Additionally, it also provides users with the option to record live gaming action or live broadcasting over the Internet with ease.

World Exclusive Hottest DX10 Game Bundle: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts is the next installment in this highly-rated strategy franchise, delivering an unprecedented level of realism all the while revealing a darker, more brutal war. Boasting enhanced lighting effects, mission persistence, improved vehicle and soldier AI, as well as enhanced physics and a dynamic weather system, this game will set new standards in visual realism for the RTS genre as a whole. Coupled with the powerful performance of the EAH3850 and EAH3870 series, gamers will be able to fully enjoy the graphical spectacle that the game offers.

The new M3A32-MVP Deluxe WiFi-AP, the EAH3850/G/HTDI/256MB and the EAH3870/G/HTDI/512MB are shipping this week in North America. For more information on the products, go to http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx. For more information on where to buy, visit http://usa.asus.com/wheretobuy.aspx.Source: ASUS
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9 Comments on ASUS Announces Spider Platform

#1
Steevo
I like that board.
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WhiteLotus
this is a good move by AMD - no need to fork out loads on upgrades in the future
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
agreed white. And the new chipset is pretty interesting. Based on preliminary specs and reviews, it seems like AMD/ATI has hit on a winner. The combination is quite budget concious too.
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#5
WhiteLotus
now we just to need to get everyone to buy amd/ati to keep them afloat and reap the rewards of an inexpensive platform in the future!
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happita
by: WhiteLotus
now we just to need to get everyone to buy amd/ati to keep them afloat and reap the rewards of an inexpensive platform in the future!
I made a wish-list of what I would want right now at this moment. All of the parts include the highest-end hardware out there and also includes the Spider platform.

Subtotal - $1637 :toast:

Would've gone over the 2k barrier if I went with an Intel/Nvidia solution.
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#7
imperialreign
I'm really glad to see a highly competitve offering from AMDTI at the moment, especially with how bad ATI is hurting at the hands of nVidia.

I truly wish, though, AMD would relinquish some of their control over ATI at this point - they so seem to have been doing worse since the merger


. . . and ATI needs to advertise more!!
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happita
by: imperialreign


. . . and ATI needs to advertise more!!
If they had the funds :laugh:
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Wile E
Power User
by: Jimmy 2004

Overclock the Shader Clock with New SmartDoctor
ASUS garners yet another "World's first" with the new SmartDoctor by providing an overclocking utility that is able to tweak the Shader Clock on GPUs. With this application, users will be able to overclock the Shader Clock and Engine Clock independently, resulting in astonishing performance boosts without the hassles of rebooting or re-flashing their BIOS.
That's what piqued my interest. Does this mean ATI cards as well, or just nVidia? I'd love to see what my R600 could do with boosted shader clocks, if it's even possible.
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