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Hello Everyone. We're just shooting over a quick note to let you all know that we've posted a new article at HotHardware.com in which we evaluate the features, value, and performance of Asus nForce 650i SLI-based P5N-E SLI motherboard. Here's a snip: "The Asus P5N-E SLI uses a fairly standard design based on an ATX form factor and a sleek black PCB. Asus didn't take any huge chances with the design here, but considering this board is targeted at the mid-range market, they didn't really have to. Notable items upon first glance are the dual PCI Express x16 slots with SLI link adapter, the huge heatsink passively cooling the Northbridge,... Read more...
There are only a few motherboard makers today who don't design boards with the enthusiast in mind. It's been proven that the enthusiast market, as small as it is, gets the most press coverage of any segment of motherboards. Thus, enthusiast markets do have the ability to influence purchases of an entire company's range of motherboards. Unfortunately, motherboards which are truly designed for the enthusiast are few and far between. Sure, it's easy to put some flashy heatsinks and some basic overclocking controls in to try to lure the casual gamer to their brand - but the true enthusiast demands more. Near unlimited access to timing controls, efficient cooling systems, flexible... Read more...
Our friends at the Tech Report have a 5-board NFORCE 590 SLI motherboard round-up posted today. They cover performance, features, overclocking and even nTune support... "THE NFORCE 590 SLI is easily the most feature-rich core-logic chipset available for Athlon 64 processors. Nvidia takes feature integration further than any other chipset maker, and that's enabled the company to ensure a measure of consistency between motherboards based on its chipsets. Unfortunately, although core logic consolidation has done wonders for promoting a consistent end user experience, it's also made it increasingly difficult for motherboard manufacturers to... Read more...
Remember those nForce 680i SLI SATA problems [H] reported on last week? Well, it looks like there was definitely an issue with some boards and EVGA/NVIDIA have posted a potential fix in the form of a beta BIOS. The P23 BETA BIOS is now available, this BIOS addresses SATA issues. Please keep in mind that this BIOS should be treated as a BETA release. If you read through the thread, some people have had good luck with the update, while others are still having issues.  Some of the issues, however, are not related to the SATA fix, so they may not have been addressed yet, or may not be widespread... Read more...
[H] has posted an alert outlining some possible issues with NVIDIA's flagship nForce 680i SLI chipset.  They site reports from around the web and explain some of the issues they've experienced in their own lab. "Some of the nForce 680i motherboards have some serious storage issues that can render a system build useless. Not all nForce 680i boards exhibit this problem. The problem does not seem to be confined to certain system configurations as some motherboards will work with a specific configuration while others will not. The problem also seems to spread across all 680i motherboards regardless of brand judging from feedback across... Read more...
NVIDIA Introduces the Heart of the Definitive "Megatasking" Computing Platform New NVIDIA nForce 680a SLI MCP-based Motherboards with New AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 Series Processors Redefines the Ultimate PC Category SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 6, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today introduced the immediate availability of the new NVIDIA nForce 680a SLI media and communications processor (MCP), designed specifically for the new AMD Quad FX Platform with Dual Socket Direct Connect Architecture. The exclusive core-logic launch partner for AMD Quad FX processors, the NVIDIA nForce 680a SLI MCP provides processing... Read more...
  Nvidia's SLI technology launched in mid-2004, and was designed to provide high-performance rendering power for gamers. Because the technology was brand new, and the fastest thing on the market, SLI configurations demanded exorbitant price premiums over single card configurations, despite first generation issues like software compatibility, driver problems, and hardware issues. Setting up a "budget" SLI system was simply out of the question at first, as SLI-enabled graphics cards were only available at the high end of the price range, as were SLI-enabled motherboards. Now that Nvidia's GeForce 6 and 7-series lineups (both SLI enabled) have been out-dated by the new GeForce... Read more...
FLY with EVGA'S New NVIDIA 680i SLI Motherboard Contest Want to Fly Like Superman? EVGA has brought you products that make your computer fly for years, but now it's time to make our customers fly as well. EVGA has partnered with Zero G to bring our customers an amazing weightless experience. Imagine free falling 10,000 feet, without a parachute! Zero G makes it possible by flying a plane to approximately 34,000 feet and then going into a nose dive for 10,000 feet before pulling up. This rollercoaster effect will generate 25-30 seconds of weightlessness on each drop. This is the same type of training that NASA uses for astronauts. 3 Grand Prize Winners Will Be Chosen! Top 100 Scores will... Read more...
  ASUS Striker Extreme Motherboard Incorporates Unique Features For Both Easy DIY and Stylish Gaming Taipei, Taiwan, November 9, 2006 - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. the worldwide leader of motherboards, today introduced the Striker Extreme motherboard, which are specifically designed to simplify the DIY process and add style to gaming systems. As the newest member of the popular Republic of Gamers (ROG) series, the nForce 680i SLI-based Striker Extreme supports Intel Quad-Core Processor and Nvidia's Quad-SLI technology, and is ready for the new 1,333MHz FSB specification. Made for gamers and tweakers, the ASUS motherboard provides the power needed for smooth video and extreme performance.  READ MORE...... Read more...
Hello All. In addition to our G80 coverage for today, we've also got full analysis of NVIDIA's new nForce 680i SLI platform on tap! Here's a snip: "In case you haven't caught on by now, the "i" and "a" designations signify which platform the chipsets are designed for - i for Intel, a for AMD, obviously. The flagship member of the nForce 600i family of products, the nForce 680i SLI, is arguably the most feature-rich chipset to hit the Intel platform. With support for true, dual-PCI Express x16 graphics slots, plus a third x16 slot with a x8 electrical connection, 6 SATA ports, 10 USB ports, and dual Gigabit Ethernet, the 680i SLI is clearly targeted at... Read more...
The second phase of NVIDIA's two pronged attack on the gaming and enthusiast community today involves a new family of nForce chipsets for both the Intel and AMD platforms.  The nForce 600 family of products is spearheaded by the nForce 680i SLI and 680a SLI.  Although the two products share a similar naming convention, they are in fact quite different. The nForce 680a SLI will be the initial foundation of AMD's upcoming 4x4 platform.  The chipset's heritage originates in NVIDIA's nForce Professional family of products, and its feature-set includes support four DDR2 memory channels (2 per CPU), quad PCI Express graphics slots, 12 SATA ports, and quad Gigabit... Read more...
  When news first broke that Abit was going to be purchased by USI earlier this year, it seemed unlikely that Abit would continue their long-running tradition of producing enthusiast level motherboards. After all, USI is a much more traditional electronics company, and enthusiast/overclocking platforms didn't seem like they would mesh well under the USI umbrella. Luckily, all this skepticism was for naught, as the newly revised Universal Abit has come out of the gate swinging, producing high-end platforms which not only cater to the high-end tweaker motherboard market they once dominated, but may very well exceed their previous boards in terms of innovation and style. Their flagship... Read more...
Hello Everyone. Just in case you're the type that like to immediately scroll down the page and jump right to the news, we're wanted to let you all know that we've just posted an NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI AMD Edition motherboard round-up, where we pit Gigabyte's GA-M59SLI-S5, ASUS' M2N32 WS Pro, and MSI's K9N Diamond motherboards against each other. Click the link below to find out which one we thought was best... Read the entire article right here. Please Digg this article to share with others and support HH... Read more...
With the release of NVIDIA's nForce 500 Series, NVIDIA opened the door to a broad range of features tailored to both AMD and Intel based architectures.  Today, we have a line up of three motherboards outfitted with the nForce 590 SLI chipset for AMD, offering the best the 500 series has to offer.  Before we get started though, we'll take a moment to spotlight some of the more prominent features of the nForce 590 SLI. Naturally, SLI is the most notable of feature for enthusiasts, with the 590 SLI delivering two PCI Express x16 slots for maximum graphics throughput.  The 590 SLI chipset is also the only one in the 500 series to offer LinkBoost Technology, boosting communication... Read more...
We got an interesting e-mail from an NVIDIA representative earlier, that we thought you'd all be interested in.  Here's what it had to day: "We thought you might appreciate a sneak peek of our next generation NVIDIA nForce platform for current and upcoming Intel processors - the nForce 680i SLI - that will be the foundation for the definitive gaming platform. NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI-based motherboards will be available in November from leading motherboard partners." "This specific board shown will be brought to market by several partners, including EVGA and others." While we were out at DigitalLife, Dave and I chatted with an NVIDIA partner who urged... Read more...
DailyTech reports that NVIDIA is preparing to phase out the current nForce 5 series of chipsets to make way for the "new" nForce 6 products. Despite the new name, this new series of chipsets is supposedly a more refined version of the nForce 5 series it replaces. Dubbed the nForce 650i SLI and nForce 680i SLI, the chipsets will support Intel's Core 2 architecture and replace the nForce 570 and 590 SLI Intel Edition chipsets. Perhaps the most critical improvement made is a solution to the nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition's FSB scaling issues thanks to an updated memory controller. Unfortunately, no strict release date is provided though you can be sure the folks... Read more...
Hello HH fans! We just wanted to pop in to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of Asus' affordable P5NSLI motherboard, which is based on the nForce 570 SLI Intel Edition chipset. Here's a snip from the article... "We recently received one of Asus' new P5NSLI motherboards that's built around the NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI chipset. The Asus P5NSLI is a mid-range Core 2 Duo compatible and SLI capable motherboard targeted at mainstream users on a budget. While it may not have all off the bells and whistles of some higher-end products, the P5NSLI does have a relatively complete feature set that is likely to fit the needs of all... Read more...
Last month, Intel officially launched their new Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors with much fanfare. Based on the heavily hyped "Conroe" core and utilizing the modern "Core" microarchitecture, as opposed to the NetBurst microarchitecture employed in the Pentium 4 and Pentium D, Intel's Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors proved to offer huge gains over Intel's previous architecture. And as an added bonus, the new Core 2 processors ran much cooler and consumed less power than their NetBurst-based brethren, thanks to power-saving enhancements incorporated in Conroe. With the Core 2 Duo, Intel propelled themselves back into enthusiast space and knocked... Read more...
The Tech Report has reviewed a pair of nForce 590 SLI socket AM2 motherboards shoot-out style, the Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe and the Foxconn C51XEM2AA-8EKRS2H.  Both of these boards offer a slew of features, but which one did Geoff like best?  Well, you're going to have to read the article to find out. "WITH A SIX PACK of Serial ATA RAID, dual Gigabit Ethernet controllers, High Definition Audio, and a whopping 46 PCI Express lanes, NVIDIA's nForce 590 SLI chipset is easily the most feature-rich core logic chipset available for AMD's new Socket AM2 platform. Squeezing all of those features onto a motherboard is a tall order, which... Read more...
Despite rumors suggesting the contrary, NVIDIA is prepared to launch the highly acclaimed nForce 590 SLI chipset to support Intel's Conroe platform. The folks at Anandtech have taken a look at NVIDIA's latest and greatest chipset and verified that Conroe is fully supported and offers excellent performance. Due to NDA constraints however, the only performance benchmarks which can be shared are those from a Pentium D 820. Here, the new flagship NVIDIA chipset does battle with Intel's own i975X chipset and appears to more than hold its own. Should you be considering purchasing a new Conroe processor and supporting motherboard, you would be wise to read through this article and get familiar... Read more...
Sister site to [H]ard|OCP, [H]Enthusiast, has just posted a review of Foxconn's C51XEM2AA-8EKRS2H Socket AM2 motherboard.  We posted some snapshots of this board in our Athlon 64 FX-62 launch article, and will have a full review shortly. "The Foxconn C51XEM2AA-8EKRS2H is the base of a very stable and solid NVIDIA SLI system. It provides automatic overclocking with the right components and manual overclocking that should satisfy novice and mainstream enthusiasts alike. The C51XEM2AA-8EKRS2H is the most impressive motherboard we have seen out of Foxconn yet."  ... Read more...
The folks over at X-Bit labs have put the microscope to Nvidia and ATI's new chipset technology. Though ATI has made some steady improvements with their chipset, X-Bit labs finds Nvidia's nForce 590 SLI the more attractive solution at the moment, especially since boards using the chipset are currently available. "The contemporary chipset market has become very much different from what we remember. There are much fewer active players left, and those who are still there offer their solution without any real alternatives to consider. Take for instance, Athlon 64 platform. Thanks to the implementation of integrated memory controller in these AMD processors, the role of chipsets in today's... Read more...
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