ATI apparently thought that since the RD is called the CrossFire Xpress , it would make sense that its predecessor is thus similarly named. Our first thoughts, naturally, were “ho-hum”, a solid but unspectacular Crossfire AMD. I don’t mind dropping a few hundred for speed.. Log in Don’t have an account? As Computex is drawing nearer, we fully expect ATI and its motherboard manufacturers to take full advantage of this. Gigabyte Z Designare offers pros a bevy of connectivity options. Since there aren’t enough available PCI-E lanes to run both of the x16 slots at full bandwidth, the motherboard routes eight lanes to each.

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It turns out that there is absolutely nothing missing from the feature set of the A8R-MVP except the high price, and we think that you will enjoy our journey with this board. As we began benchmarking the A8R-MVP, we realized that our assumptions were completely wrong and this board might prove to be the board many have been waiting for.

Keep reading for asuz on what may be the most attractive CrossFire board on the market. You may also be interested in Breaking our own convention slightly, we’ll put the stakes on the ssus first.

Asus A8R-MVP: Mainstream Rocket

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About us Privacy policy Mailing list Mobile. Hey guys, mvpp vote! That kind of board could clearly show what the Crossfire AMD chipset was really capable of doing. Its north bridge is capable of interfacing with alternative south bridge chips, including those built by ULi. So, why were we disappointed?

Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. Fortunately, the CrossFire Edition chipset has an ace up its sleeve. Doing so monopolizes all the PCI-E lanes available on the M, but still leaves 18 lanes free on the north bridge.

Gigabyte Z Designare offers pros a bevy of connectivity options.

Despite strong storage and axus components, the M falls a little flat in the networking department. The secret behind the Radeon Xpress ‘s south bridge flexibility is its use of PCI Express for the chipset interconnect.

Asus’s A8R-MVP motherboard

Oh, and it overclocks like a mofo, too. Singapore Malaysia Philippines Indonesia. Our first thoughts, naturally, were “ho-hum”, a solid but unspectacular Crossfire AMD. We even talked with Asus about why they didn’t lavish their attentions on the A8R-MVP, and we were given perfectly reasonable explanations.

DancinJack Hey guys, go vote! There is no CrossFire Xpress Apart from that, here’s a list of accessories you can expect to find in every A8R-MVP motherboard package: Well there is, but contrary to what we initially thought, it isn’t a new chipset.


Asus A8R-MVP: Mainstream Rocket

Introduction Introduciton In the past few months, we’ve been paying quite a bit of attention towards the multi-GPU scene, especially on the growing CrossFire enabled product base. That latter is particularly damning, as it can affect the performance of onboard Aus, Gigabit Ethernet, and Serial ATA peripherals. If you look past the smoke screen, the CrossFire Xpress is actually nothing more than a name change to breathe new life into the Radeon Xpress CrossFire Edition.

Jeff Kampman This is clearly a yield-maximizing move for 7 nm.

Customize The Tech Report Such a configuration doesn’t actually do much to improve performance in current apps, so CrossFire should be just fine with eight lanes of PCI-E per card. We actually reached even higher overclocks, but was completely stable with air cooling. PCI Express lanes not used for the chipset interconnect are shared by a pair of physical x16 slots and a single x1.

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