EliteGroup Computer Systems (or more commonly referred to as "ECS") have come up with something pretty amazing in the motherboard department with their latest "PF88" convertor card. This allows one to convert (compatible) Intel P4 LGA775 based motherboards so that they make use of the AMD A64 platform, effectively allowing for an easier and more cost-friendly upgrade path down the track as well. This is a revolution i'm sure noone could've seen coming anytime soon. Full details in the official PR folks.
Oh and if you haven't already noticed, Hexus spotted this new wonder when doing the rounds at CeBIT recently, including several images in their efforts to keep us informed.
The new ECS PF88 converter card is the next step towards ensuring users can take advantage of all the latest technological advancements as and when they happen. ECS' converter card will enable users to utilise the features of the AMD K8 architecture on an Intel LGA775 platform without the expense and hassle usually associated with keeping up to date with technology. The PF88 is user friendly and flexible with its plug and play functionality, which will allow users to convert to the K8 AMD platform without the need to remove their Intel motherboard. It's as easy as plugging in a graphics card!
The first ECS motherboard designed to be compatible with the new PF88 is based around the Intel P4 LGA775 socket and includes 4 slots of DDR2 667 memory, a 1066FSB, SATA2, GigaLAN, 1394a Firewire, and makes use of the SiS656 Northbridge and a SiS965 Southbridge. The SiS965 Southbridge is shared with the converter card, which is based around the AMD socket 939, and has its own dedicated SiS756 Northbridge, 2 slots of DDR400, power management circuits and a FSB2000T, which are required to run AMD K8 technology. PF88 and motherboard support the latest dual core technology from Intel and AMD. Furthermore, the P4 LGA 775 socket also supports EM64T from Intel.