NVIDIA nForce2 featured in Chaintech Apogee series
As you remember, at the joint presentation Chaintech, NVIDIA and AMD announced the top-end Zenith motherboard on NVIDIA nForce2 Chaintech 7NJS – along with several cheaper Chaintech nForce2 boards: µATX 7NIL, 7NIF and ATX 7NJL, designed only for system builders. But it was pleasant to get to know from ASCII24 weekend news that nForce2-based Chaintech 7NJL1 was noticed in retail in Tokyo with smaller bundle (Apogee)!
The board features nForce2-ST Northbridge. 7NJL1 has AGP 8x slot, 6 PCI slots, 3 DIMM sockets, integrated 6-ch. audio, etc. Comparing to 7NJS, this board lacks only Serial ATA and ATA RAID.
Naturally, the bundle includes all Apogee accessorries: gilded connectors and proprietary cooler, Body Theater headphones, CBOX bay, round cables, etc. As for the price, in various shops 7NJL1 is offered for 15680-15800 yens (about $130 – $132).
Considering slightly higher Japanese prices for novelties and the Apogee comprehensive bundle, I can suppose that, first, NForce2 boards can actually compete with boards on VIA chipsets; second, the retail price can in time reach $100 and even below (not speaking of OEM versions). Besides, the presence of nForce2 in the Chaintech´s mid-end can become a kind of allusion to the satisfactory quantity of such chipsets and to their future mainstream character.
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