It is no secret that the company made reference motherboards for Intel in the past - but now the company's goal is to start attracting lucrative OEM business which is set to take off with AMD business desktops from Dell, Lenovo, HP in the fourth quarter of this year.
Under the name Infinity RS690-M2/G, DFI will introduce a brand new chipset to the market, offering a complete unit for cost-effective oriented PC builders. Basically, it's a product where you only need to put the processor, RAM and storage - and you have a working, low-cost computer.
The very first product for the AMD-ATI Party will be an as yet unannounced ATI AMD RS690 chipset. The chipset is divided into RS690 north bridge and SB600 south bridge chips. The features include a Radeon X700 graphics processor with integrated DVI, HDTV-out and HDMI connectors, four S-ATA-II ports, eight USB 2.0 and two Firewire connectors - eight channel HD Audio is integrated as well, courtesy of Realtek's ALC chip. You don't have to be a maths genius to figure out that HD audio in conjunction with HDMI/HDTV connectors is hoped to bring many AMD Live! design wins.
While the X700 is still a DirectX 9.0 compliant product and does not support Shader Model 3.0 or High-Dynamic Range technologies, it is faster than any current or upcoming Intel branded integrated graphics which will make Windows Vista run as a slide show. The X700 offers pretty decent performance for an integrated part and we're certain that this feature will bring more than OEMs to the product. All in all, the AMD platform is really looking strong, especially when compared to the delayed G965 chipset.
The release of the motherboard is expected in October, but engineering samples are available as we speak. We look forward in seeing a leaked preview on some enthusiast forum in the wilderness of Internet. µ
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