Report: AMD readies 890GX launch for next month

We can still look forward to AMD 890GX motherboards in May, according to the latest report by DigiTimes. The story says AMD will officially launch its 890GX chipset in early March in partnership with Asus, Gigabyte, ECS, and Biostar, although actual motherboards won't hit the distribution channel until "early May."

If that sounds familiar, it's because we heard a similar release time frame back in November of last year. Later, this January, word got out that AMD's six-core Thuban processors will also debut in May. Together, Thuban and the 890GX chipset will make up the Leo platform.

The 890GX chipset should combine high-end features, integrated graphics, and a new SB850 south bridge. DigiTimes adds that AMD will launch 890FX and 880G chipsets in late April, although availability won't follow until early May, either. If AMD is sticking to its current model numbering scheme, the 890FX should lack integrated graphics, while the 880G should target low-end systems without the need for multi-GPU support.

Two 890GX-powered Asus motherboards, the M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 and M4A89GTD Pro, already popped up in retail listings earlier this week. Both boards look to have six 6Gbps Serial ATA ports, suggesting native chipset support for the new version of the interface, as well as relatively high price tags. On the integrated graphics front, DigiTimes says we can expect DirectX 10.1 support only—no DX11 here.

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