Well there is, but contrary to what we initially thought, it isn’t a new chipset. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. Doing so monopolizes all the PCI-E lanes available on the M, but still leaves 18 lanes free on the north bridge. I’m not a ‘gamer’ though — I’m trying to select the fastest available mobo for software development. There is no CrossFire Xpress

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Asus A8R-MVP: Mainstream Rocket

ATI then followed up with the released of the high-end dual x16 CrossFire Xpress RD chipset, which has so far been very well received but still limited in availability. I suppose that’s the price you pay for escaping assimilation by Realtek’s crab collective.

Motherboards Previous page Next page. We couldn’t argue with the Asus logic, but it did not stop our disappointment that maybe this board could have had it all for those looking for an ATI chipset solution for Athlon 64 Socket As Computex is drawing nearer, we fully expect ATI and its motherboard manufacturers to take full advantage of this. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. ATI apparently thought that since the RD is called the CrossFire Xpressit would zsus sense that its predecessor is thus similarly named.

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Asus A8R-MVP: Mainstream Rocket

Fortunately, the CrossFire Edition chipset has an ace up its sleeve. Now if that has gotten your attention, let’s get on with this review. Hey guys, go vote! This isn’t a mistake.

I’m not a ‘gamer’ though — I’m trying to select the fastest available mobo for software development. If we always went with our assumptions, there would be no reason at all to test motherboards, and thankfully, our first opinions are often proven wrong in the actual testing. Sign up now Username Password Adus Me.

Mainstream Rocket by Wesley Fink on November axus, 1: PCI Express lanes not used for the chipset interconnect are shared by a pair of physical x16 slots and a single x1. Keep reading for more on what may be the most attractive CrossFire board on the market. Since there aren’t enough available PCI-E lanes to run both of the x16 slots at full bandwidth, the motherboard routes eight lanes to each. So, aeus were we disappointed?

ASUS A8R-MVP (ATI CrossFire Xpress ) –

We even talked with Asus about why they didn’t lavish their attentions on the A8R-MVP, and we were given perfectly reasonable explanations. In our past few CrossFire motherboard reviews, the RD proved to aasus a good bargain for users to get on CrossFire without burning a hole in their pockets, but the chipset itself may not have been too appealing to enthusiasts looking to a powerful platform.


Oh, and it overclocks like a mofo, too. As we began benchmarking the A8R-MVP, we realized that our assumptions were completely wrong and this board might prove to be the board zsus have been waiting for.

Asus’s A8R-MVP motherboard

Our first thoughts, naturally, were “ho-hum”, a solid but unspectacular Crossfire AMD. Well there is, but contrary to what we initially thought, assus isn’t a new chipset. Apart from that, here’s a list of accessories you can expect to find in every A8R-MVP motherboard package: Singapore Malaysia Philippines Indonesia.

In the past few months, we’ve been paying quite a bit of attention ,vp the multi-GPU scene, especially on the growing CrossFire enabled product base. Corsair Vengeance gaming PC sets sail. About us Privacy policy Mailing list Mobile.

We also had a few shocks in other areas. We actually reached even higher overclocks, but was completely stable with air cooling.

Voltage, fan status, and temperature monitoring. Customize The Tech Report That latter is particularly damning, as it can affect the performance of onboard Firewire, Gigabit Ethernet, and Serial ATA peripherals.