570 vs. 590, nVIDIA's chipset maturing

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 10, 2006 - 02:53 PM |
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Legion Hardware compares nVIDIA's 570 SLI chipset (MSI K9N SLI Platinum) against it's newer 590 SLI (ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe).  Considering the price difference between motherboards, is the newer chipset worth what it will cost you?

"The performance of these two chipsets using a single graphics card is almost identical and you can

expect SLI performance to be much the same. The nForce 590 SLI chipset does provide slightly more

memory bandwidth, though this does not seem to aid its real world performance all that much. The

nForce 590 SLI is also a much better chipset for overclocking as I have tested a number of nForce 570

SLI/Ultra motherboards here in the Legion Hardware labs and none of them have cracked a 266MHz FSB

without loss of stability. Ideally, for this article I would have preferred to use two motherboards

from the same manufacturer. Unfortunately, I did not have time to wait for an ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe

sample."

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