The newest motherboard chipsets from ATI and nVIDIA
Subject: Motherboards | May 25, 2006 - 03:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech spills the beans on ATI and nVIDIA's newest series, the CrossFire Xpress 3200, and the nForce 500. ATI has extended their existing 3200 series, while nVIDIA has changed almost everything.
Don't forget to read Ryan's sneak peek, there is a lot of info on these 2 chipsets to learn.
"You have to hand it to the core logic designers. Back when AMD first announced that they'd embed a
memory controller onto the CPU die, speculation was rampant that premium core logic for the Athlon 64
was dead. Since memory controller performance and efficiency was often the key differentiator in many
core logic sets, the pundits believed that chipset makers would be reduced to selling a PCI Express
bridge (for the graphics card) and a southbridge chip with I/O. And no one would ever want to spend
premium bucks for I/O.
Fast forward to today, and we see both ATI and Nvidia competing toe-to-toe for the hearts and minds of
performance hobbyists and hardcore gamers. Nvidia gets the credit for revitalizing what appeared to be
a moribund market. And when there's money to be made, other companies will jump into the fray. "
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- nForce 500:
nForce4 on Steroids? @ AnandTech
- Crossfire Motherboard Group
Test @ Byte Sized Reviews
- NVIDIA nForce 500 series technology preview @ Elite Bastards
- NVIDIA nForce 500 Chipset Family (Socket AM2) @ HardwareZone