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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?
Alongside the launch of their new GeForce 8800 masterpieces today, NVIDIA have also lifted the curtain on a new range of nForce chipsets for the Intel platform. The new nForce 600i Family comprises three models in the nForce 680i SLI, 650i SLI and 650i Ultra.
If you haven't read it already, the supporting press material is combined with G80's at the NV press room. And although the coverage isnt anything like that of G80 right now, there's still a few dedicated articles on the nForce 600i chipset family as linked below :-
FOR MONTHS, ENTHUSIASTS WAITED for a version of Nvidia's high-end nForce 590 SLI chipset compatible with Intel's Core 2 processors. That chipset finally arrived in October aboard Asus's P5N32-SLI Premium motherboard, but not before Nvidia hinted that a new nForce 680i SLI was just around the corner. Now, less than a month later, we've turned that corner to find the 680i SLI riding a motherboard built by Nvidia itself.
Chipset manufacturers usually produce a reference motherboard design to help their partners bring products to market. When the nForce 590 SLI chipset launched for Socket AM2, Nvidia worked with Foxconn to make its reference design a retail board. This time, Nvidia has taken things one step farther, designing and manufacturing its own nForce 680i SLI motherboards for sale to its partners. Some of those partners, including Biostar, BFG Tech, ECS, EVGA, and XFX, have been so impressed with the design that they'll be offering it as-is.
ECS have just introduced a new nForce 590 SLI based motherboard in the "PN1 SLI2", with support for Core 2 Extreme.
You can get the full rundown on it within the PR here folks.
Milton Keynes, England, 2nd November, 2006 - Bridging the digital divide by merging Intel's multi-core processing with NVIDIA's advanced visual computing innovations, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), a leading computer hardware and notebook manufacturer, is set to release the PN1 SLI2 ATX motherboard pitched for tech savvy enthusiasts and gaming extremists. The PN1 SLI2 shows off remarkable 3D graphics performance using the flagship NVIDIA nForce® 590 SLI chipset, and supports the high-end Intel® Core2 Extreme CPU.
GIGABYTE have just released their new "GA-945P-DS3 2.0" motherboard which has passed the Windows Vista Premium WHQL logo process.
For full details on it, grab GIGABYTE's official announcement folks.
Taipei, Taiwan, October 25, 2006 - GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and other computing hardware solutions is proud to announce the GA-945P-DS3 2.0 has received the Windows® Vista Premium logo from Microsoft®, enabling users to take advantage of the stunning graphics and revolutionary new features Windows Vista has to offer.
In cooperation with the Microsoft Taiwan WHQL lab, the GIGABYTE GA-945P-DS3 2.0 underwent a rigorous evaluation and testing process to ensure complete compatibility with Microsoft Windows Vista Premium. By officially passing the Windows® Vista Premium logo process, the GA-945P-DS3 2.0 enables users to experience the breathtaking Windows Aero 3D visual interface and a host of groundbreaking features with the potential to fundamentally change how they view, find and organize their digital information.
Based on Intel's IGP-equipped G965 chipset with support for Core 2 Duo / Extreme, FOXCONN have just launched their "G9657MA-8EKRS2H motherboard".
Get all the details on it within the official announcement here.
YanTai, ShanDong, Oct 23rd, 2006 - Leading the digital home entertainment revolution, FOXCONN, the global leader in the design and manufacture of computer, communications and consumer electronic components, is set to bare the LGA775 G9657MA-8EKRS2H motherboard with the innovative Intel® G965 Express chipset supporting the fastest Intel® Core 2 Duo / Core 2 Extreme CPUs as well as a full range of Pentium® Extreme Edition, Pentium® D, Pentium® 4 and Celeron® D processors. Reinforced with a 1066/800/533 MHz Front Side Bus and loaded with up to 8 GB of DDR2 system memory, the RoHS compliant Micro ATX G9657MA-8EKRS2H delivers an exciting entertainment platform with the clearest quality video, high-fidelity audio, and expansive connectivity that complement today's digital living room.
DFI have just extended their INFINITY product line of motherboards with the DFI CFX3200-M2/G. This board is based on ATI's RD580 chipset for the Socket AM2 AMD platform and is covered in detail over at this section of DFI's website.
PC players around the world were mostly caught by surprise on the unexpected merging of AMD and ATI. The first thing that probably popped up their minds was how much advantages and benefits this mergence would bring the avid gamers and enthusiast. However, I believe what actually concerns them most is how much performance increase this is going to bring into future motherboards. The launching of DFI's INFINITY CFX3200-M2/G should probably provide a satisfactory answer.
Elitegroup Systems have announced today their new "GeForce6100SM-M" mATX motherboard, based on NVIDIA's single-chip GeForce 6100 and nForce 405 chipset.
Grab the official press release here for full details.
Fremont, CA (October 24, 2006) - Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS®), the world's leading motherboard, notebook and desktop PC manufacturer, today released GeForce6100SM-M motherboard featuring NVIDIA® GeForce® 6100 graphics processing unit (GPU) and nForce® 405 media and communications processor (MCP). Designed to support the latest AMD Athlon 64 AM2® based processors, the new ECS Elitegroup GeForce6100SM-M motherboard features premium quality onboard 3D graphics, making it the industry's first integrated design for socket AM2.
ASUS have just introduced a new high-end motherboard for enthusiasts in the P5N32-SLI Premium/WiFi-AP. This is based on NVIDIA's nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition chipset for Core 2 Duo and includes a mass of features such as the SupremeFX audio card and DTS connect solution, three PCIe x16 slots (one set aside for NVIDIA's upcoming physics card) and stacks more.
Grab the official press release for full details.
Sydney, Australia: October 20th, 2006 - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards, today introduces the P5N32-SLI Premium/WiFi-AP with Quad-SLI technology, Intel's Core2 Extreme support, and a third PCI Express x16 slot for Nvidia's upcoming Physics card. Teamed with SupremeFX and DTS connect, the P5N32-SLI Premium/WiFi-AP delivers superior gaming realism.
The P5N32-SLI Premium/WiFi-AP is a gamer's dream, offering realistic sound and image quality. The motherboard is Quad-SLI ready and supports the Intel Core2 Extreme processor, providing superior processing power for the most resource-hungry graphics applications. The P5N32-SLI Premium/WiFi-AP incorporates three PCI Express x16 slots (two for SLI-ready dual-GPU graphics cards and one reserved for Nvidia's Physics card) to enable unparalleled graphics performance and gaming realism.