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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.
Based on Intel's 975X chipset with support for Core2Duo, ASUS have just released their "P5W64" motherboard with quad-PCI Express architecture, enabling the ability to connect up to eight monitors.
Grab ASUS's official PR for the full rundown on it folks.
Sydney, Australia; 19 October, 2006 - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards, today introduces the P5W64 WS Professional workstation-class motherboard, nicknamed the Wall Street Quartet. It supports the quad-PCI Express architecture, enabling a system to connect up to eight monitors.
Based on the Intel 975X chipset and supporting the Intel Core2 CPU (and future multi-core CPUs), the P5W64 WS Professional provides powerful computing and superior scalability.
GIGABYTE have just announced three new motherboards making up the "M61" series, these based on NVIDIA's 6100 chipset with integrated graphics for AMD Socket AM2.
Grab the press release here for full details.
GIGABYTE delivers three motherboard solutions in the M61 series based on NVIDIA GeForce 6 and nForce 4, the GA-M61P-S3 and GA-M61PM-S2 with the NVIDIA GeForce 6100 GPU and nForce 430, and the GA-M61VME-S2 with the NVIDIA GeForce 6100 GPU and nForce 400. All three motherboards feature a number of innovative technologies including Speed, Smart and Safe that provide maximum system performance and enhanced stability right out of the box.
For those of you thinking of moving over to Core 2 Duo on the cheap, Biostar have a new cost-effective motherboard out that would fit the bill nicely, based on VIA's P4M890 + VT8237R+ chipset. Amongst support for processors running a 1066MHz FSB and x16 PCIe, this board also includes VIA's UniChrome Pro IGP which features the Chromotion CE video display engine.
For a complete listing of specs and further details on it, grab Biostar's official PR folks.
September-2006, Taipei Taiwan BIOSTAR Microtech Int'l Corp., a professional manufacturer of motherboards and one of the well-known INTEL platform solution provider, is offering one more choice for socket LGA 775 enthusiasts - P4M890-M7 PCI-E.
Bringing new levels of performance and functionality for mainstream desktop designs, the Biostar P4M890-M7 PCI-E is designed for the latest range of Intel® Core 2 Duo processors supporting the 1066MHz FSB and one high bandwidth PCI Express x16 port for optional connection to the latest high-end graphics card as well.