With today's launch of the new ATI Dual x16 PCIe chipset you will be able to buy motherboards on launch day from at least one manufacturer. The Asus A8R32-MVP Deluxe is expected to be widely available for sale on March 1, and it represents an upgrade of the current A8R-MVP with improved performance and Deluxe features. Asus also continues their use of passive cooling on the A8R32-MVP, with no active cooling fans.


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Resellers will likely ask a Premium price at the A8R32-MVP launch, but Asus tells us prices should settle down to the $150 to $200 street price range. Asus answered our questions about the A8R32-MVP Deluxe street price on February 28th: "Since the A8R32-MVP supports dual PCex16 it will be positioned for the high-end. The price will be lower than A8N32-SLI Deluxe but higher than A8N-SLI Premium." The bargain-priced A8R-MVP, which is based on the RD480 chipset, is currently selling for $95 to $100. The A8R-MVP features dual x8 Crossfire compared to upgraded dual x16 on the new Asus A8R32-MVP.

With most nVidia dual x16 motherboards selling for premium prices, the Asus A8R32-MVP will be a good value, but it is now expected to sell for a higher price than originally reported here. The value is even greater when you consider the ATI X1900XTX and Crossfire X1900XT are the fastest video solutions currently on the market and they are fully supported by the A8R32-MVP.

With around 3 months until the scheduled launch of Socket AM2, it is not surprising that many Taiwan motherboard makers are skipping the RD580 Socket 939 launch and planning their first RD580 boards for AM2. However Asus, DFI, Abit, and Sapphire are all expected to deliver Socket 939 RD580 motherboards.

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  • bupkus - Monday, February 27, 2006 - link

    Try the Abit link on page 3. The page 4 link on the drop down list is broke. Reply
  • Gary Key - Monday, February 27, 2006 - link

    The links have been fixed. Thank you. Reply
  • Beenthere - Monday, February 27, 2006 - link

    After the long list of mobo problems with the RD480 chipset mobos, which appear to be mobo design issues, not RD480 chipset issues, I wouldn't touch an RD580 chipset mobo with a ten foot pole.

    AFAIK Asus, Sapphire and other mobo makers have provided no solutions to the long list of problems on their mobos. It's as if the mobo makers have no clue or no interest in their customers? You can go to any mobo maker's website and any hardware review site and find documented problems on these mobos that are inexcusable yet there have been no fixes provided by any of the mobo makers. If a mobo maker can't produce a mobo with a stable Vcore voltage, standard BIOS Vcore voltage options, run standard industry certified PC3200 memory, etc. then they're in the wrong business.

    You can be certain if they couldn't fix the problems on the RD480 mobos, they haven't fixed the problems on the RD580 mobos being rushed to market just before the AM2 socket mobos will be released. My guess is if the mobo companies keep dumping crap in to the marketplace, they are gonna kill the market as anyone with a clue isn't gonna buy one defective mobo after another and then have to trash it because it can't even function properly at the default settings of all current AMD mobos. Since PC professionals and hardware review sites have confirmed these problems, it ain't user installation issues, but in reality, mobo design issues. That's why a BIOS upgrade can't fix the problems on the RD480 / RD580 based mobos.
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  • Wesley Fink - Monday, February 27, 2006 - link

    The RD480 had issues with supplying voltage to the x16 sklots in some Crossfire configurations. It was never really designed for dual slot - which was more an add-on. The RD580 was designed for dual slot from the ground up and is a very robust chipset. Reply
  • matthewfoley - Monday, February 27, 2006 - link

    Agreed.

    I have an Asus A8R-MVP, and I've seen the huge variance in the vCore - even at stock. Other than that it's a good value board, but I'll avoid ati's chipsets from here on as a result - not because it's a bad chipset, but because I don't feel the board manufacturers have given proper time to the design.
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  • matthewfoley - Monday, February 27, 2006 - link

    It was up for a day or so then nothing. I'm guessing it will reappear on launch date. Reply
  • matthewfoley - Monday, February 27, 2006 - link

    Now there isn't even a page on this review for the Asus A8R32-MVP. What's the deal? NDA? Reply
  • Gary Key - Monday, February 27, 2006 - link

    The article has been updated. Sorry about Page 1 missing for a moments. Reply
  • DigitalFreak - Monday, February 27, 2006 - link

    Now if they would get rid of the stupid Master Card requirement for high end Crossfire setups, I'd buy one. Reply
  • DeanO - Monday, February 27, 2006 - link

    1st page - "The bargain-priced A8R32-MVP" should be "The bargain-priced A8R-MVP" Reply

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