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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.
Galaxy Technology have issued out a PDF formatted announcement a short time ago which highlights their move to enter the motherboard business, and they're making their presence known by having also unveiled a board based around NVIDIA's newest flagship chipset, the nForce 680i for Intel Core 2.
nForce 600i Series for Intel processors Providing you with a comprehensive set of overclocking tools giving everyone from the most veteran enthusiast to the novice overclocker the ability to unleash the hardware in their PC.
Why choose an NVIDIA nForce MCP? NVIDIA nForce® media and communications processors (MCPs) are a key motherboard component providing essential technologies for your PC. Designed with an innovative, highly integrated architecture, NVIDIA-based motherboard solutions provide high-speed system performance, advanced networking, and unparalleled storage solutions to Intel platform.
Despite the merger of ATI and AMD having brought much friction on ATI's previously healthy relationship with Intel in terms of their motherboard chipset lineups, DFI are the one partner to have stuck by their word in eventually releasing a motherboard based on ATI's much anticipated RD600 chipset, most likely the final Intel chipset we'll ever see ATI produce.
In an announcement from DFI today, the LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G Motherboard is finally here!
Our review of this board will be up very soon folks, we're just as eager as you guys to find out how much it shines amongst the competition.
Taipei, Taiwan -- The merger of ATI and AMD placed the RD600 chipset in an unusual position. Despite all obstacles DFI decided to keep the faith with the eager public, which has been dreaming of the RD600 board, and continued production plans for the RD600. The power of the chipset's graphics processing capabilities with the incorporation of physics processing support has drawn interest from every hardcore gamer and over-clocking enthusiast around the world. Despite a flurry of rumors in the market, DFI's determination to bring excellent products to the market remains unchanged.
A few days after the Inquirer having dished up some hot news of an ASUS 4x4 motherboard, The DailyTech have managed to scrape up a few more defining points about the board, along with some more piccies of it too.
DailyTech has obtained a couple of images of an upcoming motherboard for AMD's 4x4 enthusiast platform. The motherboard is an ASUS L1N64-SLI WS powered by two NVIDIA nForce 680a MCPs. Two socket-1207 processors are supported with four memory slots-two slots per processor. With two nForce 680a MCPs the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS features 12 SATA 3.0 Gbps ports and one PATA for storage connectivity. There's also an additional e.SATA port on the back I/O as well.
Some sour news for owners of nForce 2 based PCs. It appears NVIDIA has no intent to further support the once dominating much loved chipset. You wouldnt mind so much if it wasnt for Vista taking over the reigns next year, but without some fresh fully functional drivers for the OS you'll be in a bit of trouble.
Dont be too concerned though, apparently some determined clever lads out there are finding ways around it already.
SOME OF you might remember the good old Nforce 2 chipsets from Nvidia. That was before the SLI madness times. Many of you may still grieve for Soundstorm Industries' only Dolby Digital Live motherboard at the time.
Well Nvidia decided to say the final good bye to this chipset as it doesn't want to develop the Vista drivers for it. A colleague tried to install Vista RC2 on an Nforce 2 Ultra400 chipset but the software failed to install SMBuss drivers. Hie query to customer support brouht the following reply:
As the launch of AMD's 4x4 platform draws closer, The Inquirer have managed to get some pictures and info of ASUS's upcoming "LN64-SLI Deluxe", purely intended for the 4x4 platform. Its based around NVIDIA's "nForce 680a" chipset, and is said to become available around the same time as AMD's FX-74 CPUs which is towards the end of this month.
More pictures of it can also be found over at Techpowerup folks.
WITH AMD POSTPONING the 4x4 launch at the 11th hour, readers found themselves deprived of 4x4 reviews hitting the wobbly wibble on the 14th of November, that is to say, yesterday. We asked around and could not get a straight answer to the fact why the launch has been postponed. Some of our sources were muddling around a "fact" that the CPU volume was not ready in order to have anything more than a paper launch.
Regardless of that, we managed to get pictures and details of the Nforce 680a chipset, which will remain the only 4x4 supporting chipset until AMD prepares a revamped RD580 chipset - to be launched at the same time as the R600.
GIGABYTE are winding up their new "Ultimate Ultra Durable Motherboard Contest" today, which gives you a chance to send them some pictures of your custom built powerhouse system and send in for your chance to pick up an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, GIGABYTE 6-Quad All-Solid motherboard, and 8800 GTX graphics card.
Taipei, Taiwan, November 15, 2006 - GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and other computing hardware solutions, today announce the GIGABYTE "Ultimate Ultra Durable Motherboard Contest"
Have you taken one of the unbelievably high performance, blisteringly overclockable GIGABYTE Ultra Durable motherboards for more than just a test spin? Are you one of those PC modders that takes special pride in creating the most extreme, envy of all your friends elaborate, should be showcased in the Louvre custom PCs?
According to this article over at HKEPC, the high-end motherboard market may well be seeing a significant shift following the launch of NVIDIA's new flagship 680i chipset last week. NVIDIA are apparently now keen on producing entire motherboards through OEM and reselling them to add-in partners, much the same as the way it's always worked with graphics cards.
Since the high-end market is less demanding but challenging to manufacturing technology, the high cost of development embarrasses some manufacturers to manufacture high-end products by itself. In the display market, both NVIDIA and ATI are manufacturing high-end display by itself through OEM and then resell the product to manufacturers such that they can sell the product under its brand. As this strategy is a success, NVIDIA plans to introduce it to the motherboard market.
The Inquirer have it that AMD will release their first chipset for the Intel platform sometime in December, that being the currently codenamed "RD600" chipset. DFI are expected to recieve the first of them and there is question as to who else (if anyone) will come aboard and create motherboards based around it.
From what is known about it thus far, it will apparently be a hell of an overclocker, possibly even surpassing NVIDIA's new nForce 680i offering.
Brief details on it can be found here folks.
AMD'S RD600 chipset is AMD's first Intel chipset, ever.
From what we heard it looks like DFI will be the first with the retail board. This chipset has been delayed for quite some time and some companies like Sapphire decided to drop the project. It doesn't look like AMD will make more Intel chipsets in the future, so this might be the last one, but we might be wrong about that. Things change.
DFI have just announced several new motherboards under their INFINITY branding, all designed around AMD's AM2 platform. There's the INFINITY NF 570 SLI-M2/G, NF570 - M2/G, and NF550 - M2/G, with details on each in DFI's official PR here folks.
Only two months before the end of the year, Channel's sales promotion is all around. Players who want to assemble a new system will not let this chance slip by. Besides, several CPU socket transactions are being formed this year. Game players and overclocking players should have all focused on the fiery market of motherboards. At this time, pro-gamers who desires advanced game performance or players who have just begun playing games are all searching for a suitable motherboard to suit their satisfaction. If this kind of motherboard exists, it will not only meet advanced users' upgrade requirement for assembling computers (for example, it can support the latest advanced AM2 CPU, run with the fastest DDR2 800 RAM, and support the most fancy gaming graphic solution--- NVIDIA SLI platform), but will also allow rookie gamers to own ordinary devices and meet their assembling requirements with reasonable prices under the uttermost limitation. Would this motherboard be the "dream board" that you are searching for?