Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS), a leading motherboard manufacturer, has today announced the release of its new RS485M-M motherboard with onboard Radeon Xpress 1100 chipset. Supporting the new socket AM2 CPUs, it delivers high quality 3D graphics and onboard VGA support using the powerful ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 integrated graphics chipset. So powerful in fact, that an extra graphics card is not necessary. When coupled with the socket AM2 processors, the RS485M-M motherboard can outperform most other, more expensive systems and is designed for those wanting performance along with the latest 3D graphic solution without having to pay for an additional high-end graphics card. The RS485M-M is also one of the first Windows Vista™ ready integrated solutions, which means users can take full advantage of the graphically-rich user interface that Windows Vista offers. The RS485M-M supports versions of the AMD Athlon™ FX, Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core and Athlon™ 64 CPUs (all of which are socket AM2) as well as the new AM2 Energy Efficient microprocessors. AMD’s new lineup of low power processors provides 35W and 65W versions of AM2 processors for increased energy savings. Unlike socket 939 and 754 motherboards, the RS485M-M supports dual channel DDR2-533, 667 and 800 SDRAM memory, which increases overall performance. The RS485M-M utilises ATI’s new SB460 Southbridge to support 2 x Ultra DMA133/100/66 devices, 4 x SATA devices and HD Audio functions which exceeds AMD Live!TM digital media platform requirements. With AMD Live!TM, it is easy to create and mass distribute digital video and audio media, all within the confines of your home. This new RS485M-M motherboard is a higher-clocked version of the ECS’ RS482-M, with many of the same great features but with a higher-performing integrated graphics solution. The trend for the next generation of games will demand exceptional performance to provide realistic and amazing 3D graphics, which the RS485M-M guarantees. For customers looking for a cost-effective solution without compromising on performance, the RS485M-M definitely provides excellent value for money. Other integrated features include fully implemented Intel® Memory Pipeline Technology to support DDR2 memory in dual channel mode, 1 x PCI-E x 16 slot, 1 x PCI-E x 1 slot, onboard VGA for Windows VISTA performance, RAID0, RAID1 to allow for efficient and expandable storage, 8 x USB 2.0, 4 x Serial ATA support for the fastest file transfer rate, high-definition 6-channel ALC655 audio, 8100C 10/100M LAN controller for network reliability, and a BIOS that supports a wide range of overclocking options. To meet stringent RoHS directives for “green” computer components, ECS motherboards use strict environmentally friendly materials while delivering astounding performance. Availability The RS485M-M will be available at the beginning of June 2006 at an estimated price of £44 excluding VAT.