Asus' Immensity And Sabretooth
Asus used Computex to announce a new motherboard in its RoG (Republic of Gamers) family called Immensity. This is a high-end LGA 1366 motherboard based on Intel's X58 Express chipset, complemented by Lucid's Hydra chip.
As you probably know, Hydra facilitates the mixing of AMD and Nvidia graphic cards in a multi-GPU system. We've already done a bit of testing with MSI's solution, and didn't come away with stunning results. However, Asus is optimistic about the progress Lucid has made with its drivers.
Immensity also has a graphics processor onboard: ATI's mid-range Radeon HD 5770. In Asus' opinion, enthusiasts buying this board plan on building multi-GPU machines. So, why not start them off right with an integrated GPU? That way, even if you only drop in one discrete card, you'll still have two GPUs working cooperatively.
If the Hydra’s new drivers work as promised, Immensity should improve performance versus what we've already seen.
Asus also demonstrated a new mainboard (the Sabertooth X58) in its TUF series. This platform is designed for LGA 1366-based CPUs, and follows the TUF design philosophy: high-quality components, surface CeraMX ceramic sinks with larger surface area for heat dissipation, and a 2 oz. copper PCB. Purportedly, this helps improve the board's overclocking performance.
Expansion slots include three PCI Express x16, two PCIe x1, and one PCI. The CPU is driven by an 8+2-phase VRM. The launch date was not announced.