AMD pushed out the latest iteration of its chipset range, the 890GX, which appears to be a slight improvement on the existing AMD790GX and AMD785G models currently available on the market.
The chipset, which uses the same 55nm manufacturing process as the other versions, is an AM3-socket only which means that it won't support older AMD AM2+ processors.
It offers 24 PCIe 2.0 lanes, two more than its predecessors and AMD has upgraded its internal graphics module to a DirectX 10.1 compatible model, the Radeon HD4290 which is clocked at 700MHz and uses the RV620 core.
It is an improvement on the HD3300 and HD4200 offered by the 790GX and 785G respectively and should normally best all the existing integrated solutions on the market.
As expected, the 890GX offers full H.264/VC-1/MPEG-2 HW decode but still no 8-channel LPCM although AMD has cunningly introduced a number of affordable video cards that will fulfil that.
Ironically, it is actually the SB850 southbridge of the chipset that has caught the eyes of reviewers.
AMD has chosen to integrate native 6Gbps SATA support rather than relying on a third party solution plus support for USB 3.0 as well and it offers the full 500MBps PCI-e 2.0 bandwidth rather than Intel's half bandwidth option on the H55/H57 chipsets.
A number of 890GX-based motherboards have already popped up at Cebit and includes the usual suspects: Asus, Asrock, MSI, Gigabyte, ECS and many others.
Furthermore, AMD has offerd the option of coupling it when playing some games with a HD5450 to offer a Crossfire-like experience and improve performance by 25 percent on average. Sadly though, AMD has decided to can the Advanced Clock Calibration (ACC) feature.