AMD quietly launched a "value" version of its high-end 790G chipset. The new lower-end model will sell under the title of 760G and is intended to offer more value than Intel according to AMD.
The new chipset will feature Radeon 3000 graphics, RAID, and Hybrid Crossfire when teamed up with the Radeon 3450.
Although AMD is touting this as a Multi-Media board many manufacturers are not planning to include HDMI or DisplayPort. Additionally there will not be any HD hardware acceleration. This will limit its use in many people's eyes.
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Touting better value than Intel's G41, 760G offers support for RAID and Hybrid CrossFireX when paired with a discrete Radeon HD 3450 graphics card. It sounds a useful package, but fans of the 780G will notice a few minor quirks - most notably that 760G offers hardware acceleration for DVDs and standard-def material, but not for high-definition sources. Consequently, most partner boards are expected to ship without HDMI or DisplayPort connectivity.
A deal breaker for some media users, perhaps, but at around $80, it's an interesting prospect for a budget system. AMD expects partner boards to be available in the coming days from ASUS, ECS, Gigabyte, Asrock, MSI, Foxconn and Biostar. ASUS' board, the M3A76-CM, is pictured below.