Gathered enough xmas bucks to upgrade your sys? If it happens to be an AM2 based upgrade you're in the market for, perhaps you'd like to check out this fresh roundup over at The Tech Report today where they pit a bunch of nForce 590 SLI motherboards from Abit, ASUS, DFI, ECS, and MSI to give you a clearer picture of which one suits your needs best.
THE NFORCE 590 SLI is easily the most feature-rich core-logic chipset available for Athlon 64 processors. Nvidia takes feature integration further than any other chipset maker, and that's enabled the company to ensure a measure of consistency between motherboards based on its chipsets. Unfortunately, although core logic consolidation has done wonders for promoting a consistent end user experience, it's also made it increasingly difficult for motherboard manufacturers to differentiate their products.
With an eye toward maintaining a measure of unique identity in a sea of boards whose performance and features are largely defined by the chipsets they use, mobo makers are scrambling to break new ground. For some, new ground comes in the form of workstation-specific amenities like PCI-X slots. For others, it's digital voltage circuitry around the processor. Some have even challenged the chipset itself, replacing integrated audio with something a little more exotic.