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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?
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.