AMD isn't having any luck keeping things quiet about its upcoming products lately. We already reported today that Diamond has leaked Radeon HD 3800-series specifications, and a retailer already has put up listings for Phenom chips, complete with prices and a quoted November 19 ETA date. Now comes the turn of products based on AMD's upcoming 790FX chipset (a.k.a. RD790), which is the third element of AMD"s "Spider" platform due out later this month.
Asustek has put up two 790FX-based motherboards on its website, more than a week before the expected 790 FX launch date of November 19. The two mobos are the M3A32-MVP Deluxe and M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP, both of which feature four PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (enabling "CrossFire X" quad-graphics-card setups) as well as support for quad-core Phenom processors, HyperTransport 3.0, and dual-channel DDR2-1066 memory. Both boards have four internal 300MB/s Serial ATA slots driven by AMD's SB600 south bridge, an additional three 300MB/s Serial ATA ports (two internal, one external) coming off dual Marvell controllers, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, and fancy, heat pipe-based chipset and power circuitry coolers.
The most exotic model of the two—the M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP—adds built-in 802.11g Wi-Fi with a software access point mode. Asustek has also added something rather unusual: a heat pipe-based memory cooler that hooks up two modules to the main chipset and MOSFET cooling circuit.