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nVidia nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition

By: Shawn Baker | NVIDIA Chipsets in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Apr 17, 2005 4:00 am

Technical Specifications

 

NVIDIA nForce4 SLI (Intel Edition)

 

PERFORMANCE

 

Frontside Bus: Pentium 4 CPU Interface

 

- 2× address and 4× data

 

- QDR (Quad Data Rate) support for 400 MT/s - 1066 MT/s (100MHz -266MHz FSB)

 

- Theoretical maximum burst bandwidth of 8.5GB/s

 

- Standard bus speeds up to 266MHz supported

 

- 36-bit addressing for access to 64GB of memory space

 

- Dynamic Bus Inversion

 

- Frontside bus (FSB) pipeline depth of 12 in-order queue depth

 

- Hyper-Threading Technology support

 

Dual Channel DDR2 128-Bit Memory Interface

 

- Two independent 64-bit memory controllers

 

- Can also operate in ganged mode (as one 128-bit controller)

 

- Support for 400 MT/s (200MHz), 533 MT/s (266MHz), and 667 MT/s (333 MHz) for a theoretical

 

maximum bandwidth of 10.6 GB/s

 

- Up to eight internal banks per DDR2 chip

 

- Up to two DIMMs per controller for a maximum of four DIMM support

 

- Separate 64-bit data bus per controller

 

- Separate address and control bus per DIMM

 

- Up to 16 GB using four 4-GB DIMMs

 

- Supports synchronous and pseudo-synchronous operation with FSB

 

- Supports un-buffered non-ECC DIMMs

 

- Low power suspend-to-RAM (S3) support

 

- Active and pre-charge power down

 

- Support for SPD (Serial Presence Detect) scheme for DIMM detection and configuration

 

Power Management

 

- Internal clock generator

 

- Support for Pentium 4 performance states

 

- Support for HyperTransport link lower power disconnected state

 

- PCI Express L0s and L1 active link power management support and L2/L3 low power state

 

support

 

- Full ACPI 2.0 and PCI PM 1.1 support, including C2/C3, Power on Suspend,

 

- Suspend to RAM, Suspend to Disk, and Soft-Off CPU power state support.

 

NVIDIA NFORCE MARKETING MATERIALS

 

NETWORKING

 

Native Gigabit Ethernet technology

 

- The fastest Gigabit Ethernet solution in the market

 

- Supports 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet

 

- RGMII or MII interface

 

Advanced networking features

 

- TCP segmentation offloads

 

- Jumbo frames

 

- Checksum offloads

 

- Interrupt moderation

 

- Traffic prioritization

 

- Remote wake-up

 

- Network management for easy set up, configuration, and monitoring

 

SECURITY

 

NVIDIA ActiveArmor™ Secure Networking Engine

 

- Dedicated hardware engine

 

- Enhances network security

 

- Reduces CPU overhead

 

- Powers and accelerates ActiveArmor Firewall

 

ActiveArmor™ Firewall technology

 

- Industry's first true hardware-based firewall

 

- Unmatched performance and protection

 

- 'instant-on' and tamper resistant

 

- Advanced management features through user friendly interface

 

- Remote access, configuration, monitoring

 

- Command line interface (CLI)

 

- Intelligent application management

 

STORAGE

 

NVIDIA MediaShield™ Storage

 

- RAID 5 faster disk access with fault tolerance and optimized capacity

 

- RAID 0 disk striping support for highest system and application performance

 

- RAID 1 disk mirroring support for fault tolerance

 

- RAID 0 +1 disk striping and mirroring support for highest performance with fault tolerance

 

- NVIDIA Disk Alert System provides a visual indication so users know exactly which SATA hard

 

drive to replace during an array failure

 

- Converting allows users to change the current state of an array to another using one single step

 

without reboot of the PC

 

- Cross Controller RAID uniquely supports both SATA and PATA disk devices within a single array

 

Serial ATA

 

- Support for SATAII 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s disk controller standards

 

- Supports full Tagged Command Queuing (TCQ) and Native Command Queuing (NCQ)

 

Dual controller architecture

 

- Two separate and independent controllers. Results in up to twice the bandwidth to disks

 

- Four (4) integrated SATA 3Gb/s ports

 

Fast Ultra ATA-133 Disk Drive Controller

 

- 5V-tolerant primary and secondary channels, with support for up to four devices

 

- Supports Ultra-DMA modes 6-0, DMA modes 2-0, and PIO modes 4-0

 

- Industry-standard PCI bus master IDE register set

 

- Separate independent IDE connections for 5V-tolerant primary and secondary interfaces

 

NVIDIA NFORCE MARKETING MATERIALS

 

CONNECTIVITY

 

PCI Express Interface - SLI™

 

- PCI Express high-performance, scalable interconnect. Rapidly being adopted by the PC industry;

 

designed to replace the AGP and PCI interconnects currently in use.

 

- A x16 PCI Express link has 4 times the total bandwidth of today's AGP 8X interface

 

- x16 PCI Express link for high performance graphics cards featuring the latest Graphics

 

Processors with DirectX 9.0 and Shader Model 3.0 support

 

- Additional x1 PCI Express links for other add-in cards

 

- Five independent PCI Express controllers with 20 total lanes that can be configured as follows:

 

- One ×16 and four ×1 PCI Express lanes

 

- Two ×8 and three ×1 PCI Express lanes (SLI Mode)

 

- x16 controller can support isochronous data channel

 

- Supports PME messages for power management

 

- 2.5 GHz support for a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 2.5Gb/s per lane per direction

 

USB 2.0

 

- USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller Interface (EHCI) / USB 1.1 Open Host Controller Interface

 

(OHCI)

 

- Support for up to 10 ports

 

- Supports transfer rates at high speed (480Mbps), full speed (12Mbps), and low speed (1.2Mbps)

 

- Dynamically configures slower devices for best utilization of bandwidth

 

- Allows USB concurrency

 

PCI Interface

 

- Includes an arbiter that supports six external master PCI slots.

 

- Features of the PCI interface include:

 

-PCI 2.3-compliant, 5 V tolerant

 

-Supports six external PCI slots at 33MHz

 

-Supports five bus master arbitration

 

-PCI master and slave interfaces

 

-Supports both master-initiated and slave-initiated terminations

 

-Bidirectional write posting support for concurrency

 

-Flexible routing of all four PCI interrupts

 

-Supports read ahead: memory read line (MRL) and memory read multiple (MRM)

 

AUDIO

 

AC '97 2.3 compliant interface

 

- Supports 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel audio

 

- Dual AC-Link - supports up to two codecs

 

- Dual SPDIF - supports two simultaneous digital outputs; handles stereo PCM or AC-3 output

 

- 16-bit or 20-bit stereo, 48kHz output and 16-bit input streams across AC-Link

 

- 24-bit, 96kHz stereo output on the secondary SPDIF output

 

- Supports input, output, and general purpose input/output channels for host-based modems

 

- Separate independent functions for audio and modem

 

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