Our keen eyed forum member, Buff, has spotted that Abit has released
one of the first boards based on the Radeon Xpress 1250
integrated graphics northbridge.
The Xpress 1250 includes an X700 graphics core according to the Abit site. Since it's made for Intel CPUs it includes a memory controller, although there's no mention on the Abit site as to the capabilities of the northbridge, whether it's based on older "RS480" technology or that of the uber "RD600" recently released.
There's also the usual SB600 southbridge which supports four SATA 3Gbps, ten USB 2.0 and a single IDE port.
For kicks this is also a Fatal1ty board: so we get the red and black colour scheme as well as Fatal1ty branding. No doubt for gamers on a budget, although there is the option to upgrade to a discrete graphics card with the included PCI-Express x16 slot.
Or, how about gamers who enjoy a bit of HDTV? Included is a gold plated
HDMI connector as well as the standard VGA, as well as AVIVO for GPU video decoding. There are also two PCI-Express x1 slots and a single PCI slot, but Abit now sells a PCI-Express x1 based WiFi module, easing the pressure on the requirement for legacy PCI slots.
Does Abit's Fatal1ty branding do anything for you, or are you more interested in a the HDMI connector for a potential HTPC?