ATI's RD600 chipset tested, overclocked

We already know ATI's Intel-bound RD600 chipset is still on its way despite the red team's pending acquisition by AMD, and now the folks at TweakTown have even gotten their hands on a sample board. The RD600, or CrossFire Xpress 3200 Intel Edition, is built off 90nm process technology and puts out a rather modest amount of heat, according to TweakTown. The chipset is quite a handsome overclocker, too. TweakTown managed to get its sample up to a stable front-side bus speed of 420MHz—an effective 1,680MHz if one takes into account the FSB's quad-pumped properties. At that speed, the 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 processor used for the test clocked in at a cool 2.52GHz, about half-way between the Core 2 Duo E6600 and E6700.

This early glimpse certainly makes the RD600 look tantalizing, but we'll have to see how final retail boards outfitted with the chipset perform. Going by a DFI engineer's statement, the first RD600 boards may ship as early as next month.

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