AMD planning 8-series chipsets for early 2010

Subject: Chipsets | June 17, 2009 - 02:19 PM |

It looks like news about AMD's upcoming chipset plans for 2009 and 2010 have been unearthed by Digitimes this week.  Though not a lot of details are revealed quite yet about the chipsets themselves, we did learn that AMD plans to have the RD890 chipset available in January of 2010 as a replacement for the 790FX (RD790) chipset that is currently the company's top offering for desktop users.  The RD890 would likely be paired with the AM3-based processors that have support for DDR3 memory and will not have any form of integrated graphics.

What will have an IGP included on it though is the RS880D chipset also due in January 2010.  The integrated GPU will be based on the RV620 core and will support DX10.1.  The RV620 was used in 2008 as the core on the Radeon HD 34xx series of GPUs - so that should give us some semblance of a performance estimate. 

Expect to see the SB800 series of south bridge to launch at the same time as the 8-series north bridge chips; unfortunately no information was really provided on what features or enhancements the chips will add.

Finally, the word is out that the 785G chipset will be launching in September of 2009, just a few short months away.  We actually already spotted our first 785G motherboard at Computex last week:

We are definitely looking forward to any products AMD can offer that will put them back into the spotlight with enthusiasts and DIY builders.  Hopefully these new chipsets will be a good start for the struggling CPU company.

Source: Digitimes

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