ATI's RD600 Core 2 chipset is still coming
We heard yesterday that, despite the AMD buyout, ATI expects to continue selling chipsets for
Intel systems until the fourth quarter of this year at the very least.
This expectation doesn't shed much light over the fate of upcoming
chipsets, but a DFI engineer has confirmed to
TweakTown that ATI's upcoming RD600 chipset for the Core 2 Duo is still
The engineer says a DFI board based on the chipset is currently
undergoing testing and that a final version will roll off production
lines in September. The RD600 chipset has some juicy overclocking
potential, too: DFI engineers reportedly pushed an ATI reference board
to a front-side bus speed of 430-450MHz, equaling an "effective"
1,720-1,800MHz. In contrast, the stock speed for Core 2 Duo-compatible
chipsets is 266MHz, or 1,066MHz if one accounts for Intel's
quad-pumped front-side bus.