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ATI announces the Crossfire Xpress 3200 chipset

Posted by: John at 3/1/2006 9:23 AM
ATI has finally released word on the new motherboard chipset, the Crossfire Xpress 3200.  Delivering full speed dual x16 PCI-E slots, ATI is looking to take offer gamers great overclocking as well as a feature rich motherboard with this one. Sapphire has already sent word on two motherboards using this chipset which you can read below this story.


ATI Delivers the Fastest Gaming Platform with the CrossFireâ„¢ Xpress 3200
Chipset

World’s fastest gaming performance, unprecedented overclocking capabilities
and maximum stability combine to unleash new age of enthusiast motherboards

MARKHAM, ON – March 1, 2006 – ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY,
NASDAQ:ATYT), has changed the rules of the motherboard industry with the
introduction of its CrossFire™ Xpress 3200 chipset—delivering the
enthusiast gaming platform of the future. Developed from the ground up for
multi-GPU gaming, the CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset enables the world’s
fastest gaming performance, advanced overclocking capabilities and bedrock
stability available in an AMD-based PC motherboard today.

The first chipset to unleash true, unrestricted dual x16 PCI Express®
performance, CrossFire Xpress 3200’s architecture enables exceptionally
advanced game play. Whether you’re gaming with two top-of-the-line ATI
Radeon® graphics cards such as the Radeon® X1900 XTX or two of ATI’s
mainstream graphics cards like the Radeon® X1600, the CrossFire Xpress 3200
chipset is engineered to deliver the ultimate blistering acceleration and
maximum ease of use in a multi-GPU gaming platform.

“Building the world’s best enthusiast PC platform requires three things – a
chipset that delivers best gaming performance, the highest and most
flexible overclocking capabilities, and unparalleled stability,” said
Raymond Chen, VP Marketing, ASUS USA. “As a solid ATI partner, ASUS is
delivering a CrossFire Xpress 3200 motherboard today—the Asus A8R32-MVP—and
ushering in a new feature-rich era of multi-GPU gaming.”

CrossFire Xpress 3200 hardware has been precisely engineered to enable up
to 60 percent overclocking of the chipset with stock cooling and at default
voltages. With the ultimate in customization and control over every system
parameter, gamers can play games the way they want and start setting their
sights on breaking new performance records.

“The introduction of ATI’s CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset—the first single
chip with 32 PCI Express lanes—is a defining milestone for the PC
platform,” said Reuven Soraya, Director of ATI’s Chipset Business Unit.
“Unlocking a universe of performance and overclocking options on the
motherboard along with dual-GPU support for ATI’s X1000 series of graphics
cards, CrossFire Xpress 3200 is the backbone of the world’s fastest and
most versatile gaming platform.”

The advanced architecture, speed and flexibility of CrossFire Xpress 3200
is also supported by ATI’s rigorous quality control and certification
procedures to ensure unparalleled stability and ease of use of the
CrossFire Platform.

“ATI’s CrossFire Xpress 3200 will make you a believer. This platform is
fantastic,” said Rahul Sood, President and CTO, Voodoo PC. “The CrossFire
Xpress 3200 chipset has set a new benchmark for the gaming PC by which all
other motherboards will be measured.”

“As the UK’s leading manufacturer of performance systems, MESH is always
interested in cutting edge technology that can give us the advantage,” said
Tony Riccardi, General Manager, MESH Computers. “The CrossFire Xpress 3200
is just such a technology. My R&D team has been very impressed with both
the build quality and performance characteristics of ATI’s latest chipset,
and – as a result – we are creating a full range of seven SKUs using this
technology for competitive review.”

“ATI’s CrossFire Xpress 3200 raises the bar on platform 3D performance and
features,” said Robin Daunter, Research and Development Manager, Evesham
Technology. “As the first solution to offer true two x16 PCI Express
interfaces on any gaming platform, it’s a must for the ultimate gamer.
With this in mind, Evesham Technology will be offering a top to bottom
Xpress 3200 platform solution in both Crossfire and single graphics card
configurations to service the Crossfire upgrade market.”
Motherboards with CrossFire Xpress 3200 will be available starting March 1,
2006 from ATI partners including ABIT, ASUS, DFI, Sapphire and PC Partner
with more to follow. For more about ATI’s CrossFire Xpress 3200 please
visit www.ati.com.