25th January 2008

AMD release more specs on 7 series IGP chipsets, launches in China

posted by Eric C. in Hardware, Motherboards, Video Cards |

AMD today launched three new 7 series IGP motherboard chipsets in China, namely the 740G, 780V and 780G. They plan to launch them worldwide in Q1 ’08 but hasn’t yet announced an official date but sources at motherboard makers are saying to expect them March 5th. The AMD 740G (RS740) is the new entry level chipset and contains ATI Radeon 2100 graphics which supports Direct X 9 and is an upgraded version of the graphics from AMD’s previous IGP chipset series (690). The AMD 740G shares the rest of it’s specs with the 690 series with support for Hypertransport 1.0 and PCI Express 1.1a. It’s unclear if the graphics are faster in the 740G than the 690 but it appears to just be the 690 chipset in a new package that’s pin compatible with the 780v and 780G chipsets. The 740G being pin compatible with the 780V and 780G chipsets make it easier for motherboard makers because they can use the same PCB with any of the three chipsets. Motherboards based on the 740G are expected to be priced between $40-$60.

Keeping with the convention AMD used in the the 690 series, the AMD 780V is the lower end than the AMD 780G. The 780V (RS780C) contains the Direct X 10 ATI Radeon 3100 and as we previously reported it supports socket AM2+, HyperTransport 3.0 and PCI Express 2.0. The 780V does not support ATI’s UVD (Unified Video Decoder) for hardware decoding of HD content, Hybrid Crossfire or local frame buffer (which allows dedicated memory on the motherboard for the IGP), those features are all unique to the 780G (previously referred to as the RS780 or RS780D). The 780G contains ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics. Motherboards based on the 780V will sell between $60-$70, while 780G motherboards will sell for $70-$90.

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