NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI: A Chipset For AM2 Enthusiasts And Other Users
NVIDIA, like ATI with its SB600, decided to date the release of its new nForce 590 SLI core logic to the announcement of AM2. Though the new MCP can also be used in motherboards for AMD Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 X2 with the previous socket modification.
NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP traditionally pays a lot of attention to overclocking and gaming features:
- nTune BIOS adjustment
- NVIDIA FirstPacket traffic optimization
- NVIDIA LinkBoost that improves interaction with PCI Express for LinkBoost-enabled cards, e.g. NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX
- EPP (Enhanced Performance Profiles) or "SLI-Ready Memory" like NVIDIA calls it
- NVIDIA DualNet: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet, TCP/IP packet and bandwidth management
- Up to 6 x SATA 3Gbps HDDs in various RAID configurations, including dual RAID 5 on a single controller
Obviously, NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP is designed for gaming enthusiasts unlike the aforementioned ATI SB600 positioned for a wider market segment. We suppose gamers will be offered nForce 590 SLI based motherboards bundled with, for example, Athlon FX-62 CPU that actually performs better with DDR2 memory.
Motherboards on nForce 590 SLI are expected from Abit, Aopen, Asrock, ASUSTeK, BFG, Biostar, DFI, ECS, eVGA, Foxconn, Gigabyte, Jetway, MSI, Shuttle and other vendors.
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