We previously discussed ATI's RV515 in some detail and mentioned that it would be a follow-up product to RV370 and carry 256MB memory with a core running at roughly 550MHz.

However, we just received information from sources close to ATI, that the X1300 series will pack more bang for the buck with BBA (built by ATI) and AIB designs moving forward. ATI will be producing its RV515 Pro SKU's at 600MHz clock speeds and be configured with either 512MB DDR2 or 256MB GDDR3 memory clocked at 400MHz.

RV515 LE, or simply Radeon X1300, will also come with 512MB of memory and in PCIe and AGP flavors. Other board manufacturers however, are free to produce cards based on other memory configurations.

Lastly, for those who are interested in Crossfire configurations, ATI recently indicated that Crossfire configurations for Radeon X1300 and X1600 will no longer require a master card. This means you may purchase any two different brands and be certain that Crossfire will be supported.



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  • OrSin - Wednesday, November 9, 2005 - link

    I was waiting too, but since NV 6150 came out I think I will just skip the Express 200.
    I ATI is really have problems get thier stuff to market. I swore I would get the new Express months before the 6150.
  • BPB - Wednesday, November 9, 2005 - link

    I'm still waiting for the updated southbridge so I can get me an Express 200 based board. Though I am beginning to get impatient. Reply
  • formulav8 - Wednesday, November 9, 2005 - link

    If the SB450 version is what your waiting on I believe I remember seeing a couple boards with those southbridges. MSI I think was one. Maybe check out newegg and see what they have to offer now.

  • johnsonx - Wednesday, November 9, 2005 - link

    no, he's waiting for the SB600... the SB450 only fixed some of the SB400's shortcomings.
  • BPB - Wednesday, November 9, 2005 - link

    Yes, I've been waiting on the SB600. But, now that I know the 6150 boards are trickling out I may just go that route. I've been very happy with ATI video cards for many years, usually run All in Wonders, and I'm very happy with my daughter's Xpress 200 board (MSI RS480M2-IL. But her needs are not my needs. Maybe now is the time to switch, I don't think the SB600 chipsets will be out for some time. Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Wednesday, November 9, 2005 - link

    The new Asus and MSI Crossfire are both shipping with the ULi M1575 south bridge, which has SATA2, and fully competetive USB. We have both boards in for testing. The upcoming Abit Corssfire also uses the ULi M1575 South Bridge. Reply
  • BPB - Thursday, November 10, 2005 - link

    That's great. Any chance a non-Crossfire Xpress 200 board with an updated southbridge (SB600 or ULi M1575) will be reviewed? Reply
  • johnsonx - Wednesday, November 9, 2005 - link

    I have to admit, I'd been chomping at the bit for Xpress 200 boards, but so far I'm using only K8M800 and GeForce 6100 boards. ATI just isn't delivering...

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