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By | Tony Smith 17th May 2006 09:45

ECS tips wink to ATI Radeon Xpress 1100

Unannounced Socket AM2 chipset... announced

Motherboard maker ECS - aka Elitegroup - has posted details of its first Socket AM2 mobo, a product based on ATI's as-yet-unannounced Radeon Xpress 1100 chipset. AMD is not expected to announced Socket AM2 until 23 May, when presumably ATI and Nvidia will unveil supporting chipsets.

ecs rs485m-m socket am2 mobo

The ATI product comprises the company's RS485 North Bridge and SB460 South Bridge, according to ECS' website. The RS485 has a Radeon X300-level integrated GPU and can use up to 256MB of main memory for its frame buffer.

The board itself - dubbed the RS485M-M - supports AMD's upcoming Socket AM2 single- and dual-core Athlon 64 and 64 FX processors and dual-channel configured 800MHz DDR 2 SDRAM - implying the new desktop chips will go one step beyond 667MHz memory. The mobo can be loaded with up to 16GB of RAM.

There's a single PCI Express x16 slot for a graphics card and a x1 slot for other devices. There are two old-style PCI slots. The board can host two parallel ATA 66/100/133 peripherals and four SATA units in RAID 0 or 1 configuration. Audio support comes courtesy of a Realtek ALC655 six-channel chip. ®

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