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ATI's RD580: ASUS A8R32-MVP Deluxe

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Shadowed_fury 1st March 2006, 15:21 Quote
I'm sure this is gonna be the new DFI.
Impressed is an understatement. ;)
atanum141 1st March 2006, 15:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shadowed_fury
I'm sure this is gonna be the new DFI.
Impressed is an understatement. ;)
yeah i gotta agree, seems like the Ati guys are trully confident in their new product.

me wants one.
Highland3r 1st March 2006, 16:00 Quote
Be-jeebus... Thats one awsome piece of kit to come from the red camp...

Looking forward to see DFI's offering based on RD580, however based on this, an ATI route is looking mighty tempting - Especially if the 7900GTX turns out as its appearing its going to.

HTT speed from that board is just insane, how hot was the chipset sink running under load?!
Tim S 1st March 2006, 16:18 Quote
It's touchable under load :)
Devil_909 1st March 2006, 16:32 Quote
Touchable with or without a glove :). Cpu wise, how much of a gain did you all get from running HTT at 5x instead of the 3x most of us run for high oc? You would think there would be a pretty big difference.
RotoSequence 1st March 2006, 16:54 Quote
You know, photoshop's "Auto Color" function does a wonderful job getting rid of that yellow glow from standard room lighting :)

http://img370.imageshack.us/img370/5232/photoshopped9qm.jpg
Tim S 1st March 2006, 16:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by RotoSequence
You know, photoshop's "Auto Color" function does a wonderful job getting rid of that yellow glow from standard room lighting :)

http://img370.imageshack.us/img370/5232/photoshopped9qm.jpg
You know, there's actually no standard room lighting involved because all shots were taken in a dark photo studio (with two rather large flashes). They were auto-levelled before the watermarks were added. Thanks for your photoshop tips though...
RotoSequence 1st March 2006, 17:36 Quote
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"It's obviously been the overclocking stuff. Interfaces are designed to run at their specified speed, but we've managed to get them to run well above specification." One of the features of the board we've seen has been the ability to run the HyperTransport bus incredibly fast. How was that possible? "If you really want to get the most out of the interface, you need to reduce the clock jitter. This is critically important on the HyperTransport bus. You need to have a really clean source. Due to the nature of HyperTransport, which operates at different clock speeds, the clean source becomes more important."

Kind of an important thing to do if they want to use the chipset on AM2; conveniently, it allows for extraordinary overclocks now, thanks to the processors already being equipped with the higher speed hypertransport spec since the first 90nm processors taped out :p
glaeken 1st March 2006, 22:44 Quote
Seems like a great board, just one thing, I can't believe it doesn't have 1394b(correct me if I'm wrong, think I only saw 1394a). For being a top of the line ASUS board I think it should include that.
speedfreek 1st March 2006, 23:12 Quote
It looks like Ati is moving up. Cant wait to see what this does to motivate Nvidia.

It looks like a decent board, I would expect a little more from ASUS but it passes. The new chipset looks good. Didnt see any noticeable differences until it got to gaming.
teamtd11 1st March 2006, 23:19 Quote
*adds to the top of my wish list* unless any other companys be anything better (looks in sapphires direction coz there PI-A9RX480 looked amazing)
RotoSequence 2nd March 2006, 00:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by teamtd11
*adds to the top of my wish list* unless any other companys be anything better (looks in sapphires direction coz there PI-A9RX480 looked amazing)

The sapphire board, on top of being ludicrously overpriced, the RD580 one is seriously lacking in ports, with only four expansion slots (the new RD580 version only has one PCI slot for crying out loud!)
Tim S 2nd March 2006, 00:12 Quote
The power regulation circuitry may not be too good for anyone looking to do a little more than 'conventional' overclocking. I've spoken to a couple of the crazy overclockers while I've been out in Santa Clara and they've experienced vCore jumping up and down all over the place - it'll probably need a vDroop mod to stop the vCore jumping around.
Bindibadgi 2nd March 2006, 11:40 Quote
I wish ATI would sort out their damn naming. The Xpress 200/3200 means NOTHING as most people refer to them as RD580 and 480 etc

3200 vs 200 doesnt even offer some sort of chronological order for consumers.
Highland3r 2nd March 2006, 12:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by bigz
The power regulation circuitry may not be too good for anyone looking to do a little more than 'conventional' overclocking. I've spoken to a couple of the crazy overclockers while I've been out in Santa Clara and they've experienced vCore jumping up and down all over the place - it'll probably need a vDroop mod to stop the vCore jumping around.

Fingers crossed DFI sort this out with their board ;)
Tim S 2nd March 2006, 14:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Highland3r
Fingers crossed DFI sort this out with their board ;)
Fingers crossed their board will actually be Certified by ATI.
Highland3r 2nd March 2006, 15:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by bigz
Fingers crossed their board will actually be Certified by ATI.

Don't like the sound of that lol, what happened?!
Tim S 2nd March 2006, 15:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Highland3r
Don't like the sound of that lol, what happened?!
http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=ODg4LDEsLGhuZXdz
atanum141 2nd March 2006, 16:16 Quote
ooooOOO...it does'nt look good.
Tim S 2nd March 2006, 17:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
I wish ATI would sort out their damn naming. The Xpress 200/3200 means NOTHING as most people refer to them as RD580 and 480 etc

3200 vs 200 doesnt even offer some sort of chronological order for consumers.
ATI has actually renamed Radeon Xpress 200 to CrossFire Xpress 1600, AFAIK.
Bindibadgi 2nd March 2006, 17:44 Quote
Oh FFS

Just call it 580 and be done with it.

What the hell is Xpress anyway?? You know it's a bad naming convention when ONLY the parent company uses it when referring to products.
teamtd11 2nd March 2006, 17:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by RotoSequence
The sapphire board, on top of being ludicrously overpriced, the RD580 one is seriously lacking in ports, with only four expansion slots (the new RD580 version only has one PCI slot for crying out loud!)

i guess i will have to keep an eye out. because i am a big ati fan. so no nvidia **** will do for me lol (sorry but thats the way i am)
Tim S 2nd March 2006, 22:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Oh FFS

Just call it 580 and be done with it.

What the hell is Xpress anyway?? You know it's a bad naming convention when ONLY the parent company uses it when referring to products.
The internal connection between the two PCI-Express x16 lanes is called 'Xpress Route' :)
RotoSequence 2nd March 2006, 22:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by bigz
The internal connection between the two PCI-Express x16 lanes is called 'Xpress Route' :)

That doesnt change the fact its a crappy name :D
Tim S 2nd March 2006, 22:51 Quote
It implies fast. ;)
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