NVIDIA Announces nForce 2

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NVIDIA Announces The nForce 2
Dual-DDR and a GF4MX Core

By, Marco Chiappetta
July 16, 2002

       

Today, NVIDIA officially unveiled the nForce 2 core logic chipset.  This second generation of the nForce brings with it a host of new features that should make it a favorite amongst enthusiasts and OEMs.  The nForce 2 incorporates GeForce 4 MX level graphics, USB 2.0, IEEE-1394 and dual Ethernet controllers.  The most important addition though is support for DDR400 memory through the use of an updated memory controller that NVIDIA states will give the nForce 2 a performance advantage over competing chipsets.

If you want more information, we've got the official Press Releases posted (these files are in PDF format and will require Adobe Acrobat Reader)...

       
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  • NVIDIA Unveils the nForce2 Family of Platform Processors

    "PLATFORM CONFERENCE ? SAN JOSE, CA ? JULY 16, 2002 ? NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today unveiled the NVIDIA nForce?2?the Company?s newest family of highly integrated platform processors. With features and performance optimized for both the corporate and consumer desktop PC environments, NVIDIA?s nForce2 Platform Processors will transition the traditional desktop PC into a digital media platform suitable for new non-traditional PC markets and price segments."
     

  • NVIDIA New nForce2 Platform Processors Optimized for DDR400 Memory

    "PLATFORM CONFERENCE ? SAN JOSE, CA ? JULY 16, 2002 ? NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced that the Company?s new NVIDIA nForce?2 Platform Processors will be qualified and optimized for Double Data Rate 400MHz (DDR400) memory modules, providing PC users with the fastest and most stable PC platform ever designed."
     

  • NVIDIA and Shuttle Computer Open the Digital Media Gateway

    "PLATFORM CONFERENCE ? SAN JOSE, CA ? JULY 16, 2002 ? NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, and Shuttle Computer Group, Inc., a leading provider of motherboards and small form-factor PCs, today announced an extensive partnership that will lead to the design of innovative new digital media platforms based on NVIDIA?s highly integrated NVIDIA nForce?2 Platform Processors and Shuttle Computer?s innovative, small-form factor PC designs."

   

Jeff and I had a chance to see the nForce 2 live in meeting we had in New York with the folks from NVIDIA in late June.  We were not able to run any benchmarks, so we'll wait until we test final hardware before we comment on performance, but seeing this level of integration, at the price points NVIDIA mentioned was impressive.  We were told some basic nForce 2 motherboards will be sold for prices lower than $70 US!  I'm sure we'll see loaded, higher-priced boards from some OEMs, but getting GF4MX level graphics and DDR400 support from a mobo that inexpensive is awesome.  We're told reference boards should hit reviewers soon, so stay tuned.

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