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Radeon Xpress 200: ATI answers to nForce4

ATI introduced Radeon Xpress 200 chipset supporting all AMD K8 processors. It´s such an answer to NVIDIA´s nForce4 introduced several days before. Speaking more precisely, Radeon Xpress 200 is a family that includes two modifications, Xpress 200P and Xpress 200 that have different Northbridges. Besides, Xpress 200P doesn´t have a built-in graphics core. Both chipsets support Socket 754 and 939 processors.

Graphics core of Radeon Xpress 200 is identical to Radeon X300. It supports DirectX9, vertex shader 2.0 and pixel shader 2.0, HyperMemory (allocates up to 128 MB of RAM for graphics needs).

Radeon Xpress 200 reference design

Chipsets support 1 x PCI-X x16 and 4 x PCI-X x1 slots, 1 GHz HyperTransport bus, DVI, TV-Out, VGA (D-sub) interfaces, 8 x USB 2.0 ports, integrated RAID 0, 1.

Right after the announcement, several motherboards were showcased. In particular, from ASUS (on the left) and MSI (on the right). Both boards feature ULi M1573 Southbridge.

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