CeBIT 2005 Day 4

ATI only launched one product at CeBIT this year, but this time around it wasn't a graphics card - instead choosing to launch a new motherboard chipset. The Radeon Xpress 200 for Intel chipset will retain the same name as the version for AMD’s Athlon 64 processors, but with the “for Intel” moniker stuck on the end. This was done as the chipsets share most the features and the only real difference is the CPU support. This is ATI’s first PCI Express chipset for Intel. The Radeon Xpress 200 for Intel has powerful enough graphics for Windows MCE, so there's no need for a discrete graphics card for those slim-line HTPC boxes. The graphics core is derived from the Radeon X300 and should be powerful enough for all but the latest games.

In conjunction with an ATI graphics card the Radeon Xpress 200 for Intel chipset supports SurroundView with three displays, as it's the only integrated graphics solution that doesn’t disable itself by default when a graphics card is fitted. The Radeon Xpress 200 for Intel chipset does of course support all the Intel specific CPU features such as HyperThreading, XD bit and Enhanced Intel SpeedStep technology. The Radeon Xpress 200 for Intel is also the first chipset to officially add support for DDR2-667 memory and ATI is working closely with Corsair to make sure that there will be suitable memory available to purchase with your motherboard. Add to this the fact that several boards were on display at CeBIT from a variety of motherboard vendors and it seems like a very successful launch for ATI.

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