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Old February 15, 2007, 11:04 AM
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Default Tom's looks at the AMD Crossfire Xpress 3200 Chipset for Core 2

Nothing spectacular here, but nothing to sneeze at either. ho-hum.

"AMD Crossfire Xpress 3200 Chipset for Core 2 Rolls, But Doesn't Rock

AMD Crossfire Xpress 3200 For Intel Is Fast And Sparsely Furious
It's interesting to see core logic for Intel processors in AMD's product portfolio. The Crossfire Xpress 3200 chipset for Intel, sometimes better known as RD600, is a byproduct of the firm's acquisition of graphics specialist ATI: "the new AMD" now consists of both AMD and ATI. Since high-end graphics processors, especially the upcoming ATI RV600, perform best with high-end processors, there has to be an ATI chipset choice for the champion: the Intel Core 2 Duo. Enthusiasts of the world, please welcome AMD's new Crossfire Xpress 3200 for Intel!

With the Intel P965/975X and Nvidia's nForce 680i SLI already available, AMD's Crossfire Xpress 3200 for Intel is the third (or fourth) serious option for enthusiasts looking into purchasing a decent Core 2 Duo platform with extensive interface choices for peripherals and graphics. Like its competitors, Crossfire Xpress 3200 for Intel is based on two chips: the Northbridge carries the CPU interface, the memory controller and PCI Express connectivity for your graphics card(s); the Southbridge is responsible for I/O components such as Serial ATA, USB 2.0, High Definition audio and 32-bit PCI slots.

This is pretty much what everybody offers, so it seems that there is not a great deal of differentiation between the chipsets for Intel's Socket 775 - but this is only at first glance. While performance differences are leveled by the efficient L2 cache architecture of the Core 2 Duo processor, enthusiasts care a lot about the differences that can still be found in the details."

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