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Product : Toxic X700 Pro
Company : Sapphire
Author : Mark 'Ratchet' Thorne
Date : February 16th, 2005

Introduction

ATI entered the desktop motherboard market a little under a year ago with the Radeon 9100 IGP chipset. Technically, the 320/340 IGP, introduced in 2002, was the first, but that chipset never really appeared in any motherboard on the desktop side. So, the Radeon 9100 IGP was ATI's first true foray in the desktop motherboard market.

The Radeon 9100 IGP has really made a big splash in the notebook market. It is equipped in 10 million notebooks from all the major manufacturers, including NEC, IBM, and Toshiba. The benefits of having a decent integrated chipset on the notebook side are readily apparent. Without the need for a discrete video chipset, a notebook manufacturer is able to not only save money, but also save board space and lower power consumption, key factors in notebook design, especially in thin and light notebooks.

In the desktop market, the Radeon 9100 IGP hasn't been as successful as in the notebook market. It has appeared in a few of the smaller OEM systems, such as Supercom and emachines. The biggest OEM using the Radeon 9100 IGP would probably be Shuttle's SFF PCs. There are two Shuttle boxes equipped with the chipset. With Shuttle launching into the retail market, ATI's motherboard graphics chipset should get more exposure. You can also buy motherboards equipped with the Radeon 9100 IGPs from Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, Sapphire, Soyo, FIC and more.

Today, ATI is launching two new north bridges and a south bridge. The first north bridge, the Radeon 9100 IGP Pro, is a small upgrade from the Radeon 9100, and the second a more value-oriented chipset, the Radeon 9000 IGP Pro. The new south bridge is the IXP 320. Let's see what's new in these chipsets.






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