Continuing their growing reputation for being right up there with the enthusiast big boys, ECS have launched their version of ATI's CrossFire chipset. This incarnation, for Intel processors, is dubbed the catchy 'PA1-MVP DM(2.0)'.
What it lacks in nomenclature it makes up for in nanometres, however. The specs are thus:
- ATI RD400 Northbridge and ATI SB450 Southbridge
- Dual Channel DDR2 667 memory
- Capacity for 4 IDE drives, 4 SATA drives and a further 2 SATA II drives with NCQ supported by Silicon Image controller
- RealTek Azalia HD audio
- Gigabit and 10/100 LAN
- Onboard X300 graphics
And, of course...
- ATI CrossFire dual graphics support via dual 8x slots
The board has full support for Intel's 64-bit extensions as well as dual core processors.
Also announced is the KA1, which is the AMD version of the same board.
We don't have pricing on either. However, we know that the Intel board will be available from the end of September, and the AMD from the end of October. Why there is lag between the two we don't know.
We'll be bringing you a review of the board ASAP. In the meantime, why not let us know what you think of the announcement, and of CrossFire in general, in this thread
in our forums?