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NVIDIA to release nForce2-MX?

An unconfirmed but, looking true rumour, received from reliable sources. :-)

According to it, NVIDIA, the maker of nice, but expensive nForce2 chipsets, plans to present something for mainstream users as well: lighter and cheaper chipset models.

Having fixed nForce2 in the "elite" class of Athlon XP motherboards, NVIDIA realized that they might be too tough for mainstream users to buy. So, having consulted with one of leading mobo makers, it decided to strip nForce2 of features not critical to mainstream systems:

  • IEEE-1394 (FireWire) support
  • Hardware Audio
  • LAN
  • Dual-channel memory controller

After this the chipset should be enough for middle-end Socket A PCs, still featuring DDR333 and USB 2.0. And, naturally, it should be named nForce2-MX.

No specific release dates are available, but this might happen in the near future. I doubt the company will overlook the mainstream market, already having a higher-end chipset. And, as you know, paring-down is not that hard. :-)

Source: TestLab ITC Online

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