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AMD SB850 Chipset Specs, Roadmap Revealed

A few roadmap slides show that AMD's SB850 chipset--along with the RD890--will be available in Q4 2009.

It's unknown whether or not the images are leaked, officially released, or completely fake, however Expreview posted three AMD slides highlighting the company's chipset roadmap. The slides are comprised of the south bridges, performance north bridges (IGP and discrete), and mainstream / value IGP north bridges. As it stands, the SB850 chipset will be available in Q4 2009 as well as the RD890 and the RS880D chipsets. AMD's slides also reveal that the 785G chipset will actually be released in Q3 2009, however no specific dates were set.

According to the images, the SB850 will be the last south bridge chipset using the new SATA 3 controller with speeds of 6 GB/s this year. Reports speculate that the chipset will only support AM3, and offer Gigabit MAC, AHCI 1.2, 6 SATA 3 interfaces, 14 USB ports, and RAID 5 and possibly the second generation PCIe 4X.

The RD890 north bridge chipset, on the other hand, offered no details in the provided chart, however it may support HT 3.0, 2x16 PCIe, and enhanced Quad Crossfire X 4x8 support. As for the RS7880D, this chipset will include the RV620 GPU (Radeon HD 3400) with a core clock of 700 MHz, and also offer support for DirectX 10.1, UVD 2.0, and CrossFire 2x8.

Finally, the AMD 785G IGP chipset will be the last of the "700" series to launch this year and was designed by ATI for Phenom processors. The AMD 785G shares similar traits to the AMD 780G released in Q2: both chipsets offer PCIe 2.0, HDMI, and possibly the Radeon HD 3200 (clocking at 500 MHz). However, the 785G will support DirectX 10.1 and UVD 2.0.

  • eklipz330
    after seeing today's phenom II 940 go to a $160 sale price on newegg/zipzoomfly, im thinking my next rig be amd, they're pretty generous, and i think i want to give them my money
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  • gbutton
    simply can't beat core 2 dua's
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  • apache_lives
    wtf?
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  • apache_lives
    i prefer an AMD/ATi chipset over a Nvidia solution any day - thank god AMD has the platform now which Intel has had for years (but with crap for video)
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  • armistitiu
    gbuttonsimply can't beat core 2 dua'sI think this article was about chipsets. And yes 790gx beats the hell out of any Intel chipset with or without integrated graphics on any level especially power usage (just check the thermals on those x58 and you'll see what i'm talking about). About c2d...phenom II x4 ~ q9400, X3 beats e8400 ...that's enough for now.
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  • yoda8232
    eklipz330after seeing today's phenom II 940 go to a $160 sale price on newegg/zipzoomfly, im thinking my next rig be amd, they're pretty generous, and i think i want to give them my money
    The Phenom II has never been $160, maybe talking about the Phenom II 720?
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  • Nintendork
    FYI
    Tricore 720 > E8600 > 8500 > 8400 it's a tricore and hey it's cheaper $134

    Quad 940 > Q9550 and hey it's cheaper $50 less at least
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  • Nintendork
    Q9650 vs 940

    http://foro.noticias3d.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=278294
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  • eklipz330
    yoda8232The Phenom II has never been $160, maybe talking about the Phenom II 720?nope phenom II 940.
    think im lying eh?

    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10009843

    go check right now... im typign this at 1:06AM EST, price is $168.99. blown away yet?
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  • eklipz330
    Oh!! and if you go to newegg
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-SlickDeals&cm_mmc=AFC-SlickDeals-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA&Item=N82E16819103471

    and type in this -$20 coupon code AMD41420

    you get it for $169.99 =]
    i got mad connects yo

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