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Appendix IV. AM2 Motherboards – A Complete List of

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Table of Contents
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  • Preface
  1. Overview of Recent Chipsets for the AMD Platform
  2. AMD 480 Series Chipset Motherboards
  3. AMD 580 Series Chipset Motherboards
  4. AMD 690 Series Chipset Motherboards
  5. AMD 7-Series Chipset Motherboards
  6. AMD 8-Series Chipset Motherboards
  7. NVIDIA nForce3 Chipset Motherboards
  8. NVIDIA nForce4 for AMD Chipset Motherboards
  9. NVIDIA nForce 500 Series for AMD Chipset Motherboards
  10. NVIDIA nForce 600a Series Chipset Motherboards
  11. NVIDIA nForce 700a Series Chipset Motherboards
  12. NVIDIA nForce 800a Series Chipset Motherboards
  13. NVIDIA GeForce 6-Series GPU and nForce4 Series MCP Motherboards
  14. NVIDIA GeForce 7-Series GPU and nForce 6-Series MCP Motherboards
  15. NVIDIA GeForce 8-Series mGPU Motherboards
  16. SiS Chipset Motherboards
  17. ULi Chipset Motherboards
  18. VIA Chipset Motherboards

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Preface
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For those who are interested in building a Socket AM2 system, I collected a list of chipsets and motherboards, ATX or microATX, supporting the AMD Athlon 64 processor family (Socket AM2). This part begins with a preliminary section: a brief overview of chipsets for the AMD platform. Then a list of motherboards follows. Motherboards are classified by chipset and then form factor. Each motherboard is hyperlinked to the manufacture's website. A brief description of specifications is included. To make the description concise and readable, I assume the following specifications are standard for today's desktop motherboards:
  • HyperTransport 2.0 1000MHz (or 2000MT/s), 32-bit wide
  • 4 DIMMs and 4GB maximum memory
  • 1 x VGA and 1 x DVI/HDMI for a microATX board
  • 1 x PCI Express x16 (x16 electrically), 1 x PCI Express x1, 2 x PCI
  • 1 x PATA, 4 x SATA at 3.0Gbps
  • RAID 0/1/01 or 10/5, NCQ, Hot-Plug
  • 8 x USB 2.0 (or more)
  • 1 x PCI Express Gb LAN
  • 7.1 Ch. HD Audio
  • 1 x coaxial S/PDIF out and/or 1 x optical S/PDIF out
  • 2 x IEEE 1394
Part of the specifications that does not meet the above is written in bold letters. I also used bold letters elsewhere if a special attention is needed. I included a few overclocking options in BIOS for those who are interested in overclocking the system. Links to review sites and user forums are also included if any. Information on the actual availability in US retail stores is included. The link to Newegg.com is often included for your convenience.

Conventions

A name in italic letters like Winchester is a codename. In motherboard lists, I used various abbreviations:

Specs
  • Active/Passive means that the cooling method of northbridge/southbridge is active/passive (i.e. heatsink with fan/heatsink only), etc.
  • PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,4)/1/3 means that there are two PCI Express x16 slots, each of which can run at the maximum speed of x16, x8 respectively (but may not run at that speed concurrently), one PCI Express x 1 slot, and 3 PCI slots, and one of the PCI slots cannot be used when a two-slot video card is installed, etc.
  • PATA/SATA/eSATA: 1/4/2 means that the number of PATA controllers is 1 (so 2 PATA devices), the number of SATA ports is 4 and the number of external SATA ports is 2, etc.
  • RAID implies NCQ and Hot-Plug for AMD and NVIDIA chipsets (since nForce4). So I won't write them for brevity. SiS, Uli, VIA southbridges are different. I did not mention RAID capability of additional storage controllers.
  • No S/PDIF means no onboard S/PDIF header. No S/PDIF (need an optional bracket) means that there is an onboard S/PDIF header, but a bracket is not included in the retail package.
BIOS
  • CG: 400MHz means that the maximum clock generator (CG) frequency available in BIOS is 400MHz, etc. The default value is 200MHz. The CPU frequency and the effective DRAM frequency are calculated by the following formulas:
    • CPU frequency = (CG frequency) x (CPU multiplier)
    • DRAM frequency = (CPU frequency) / Ceiling [(CPU multiplier) / (CG-DRAM ratio)] x 2
    Please read Appendix V. AMD Platform Overclocking Guide for details.
  • CPU: 1.725V means that the maximum CPU voltage available in BIOS is 1.725V, etc. The default CPU voltage is around 1.3V, depending on each CPU core.
  • DRAM: 2.1V means that the maximum DRAM voltage available in BIOS is 2.1V, etc. The default voltage by the JEDEC DDR2 DRAM specification is 1.8V.
  • Max CG: 300MHz (VR-Zone) means that the maximum stable clock generator frequency reported in VR-Zone is 300MHz, etc.
  • CG: — means that CG is not changeable, etc.
  • CG: ? means that it is unconfirmed whether CG is changeable or not, etc.
Spreadsheet

You can also view a list of motherboards in the Excel worksheet format:
This includes complete description of storage, LAN, audio and IEEE 1394 controller names, and more detailed BIOS options.
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1. Overview of Recent Chipsets for the AMD Platform
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ATI entered the PC chipset market in 2002 with the integrated graphics chipset family called Radeon IGP & IXP for value to mainstream desktop and notebook PCs both for AMD and Intel, where
  • IGP = Integrated Graphics Processor (northbridge)
  • IXP = Integrated Communications Processor (southbridge)
They were geared toward the OEM market. A shift occurred in late 2004 with the release of ATI Radeon Xpress 200 Series for AMD K8 processors. The current AMD Chipsets are:

Northbridge
  1. ATI 480 Series with or without integrated Radeon X300 graphics core

    First released on November 8, 2004. The first ATI chipset for the AMD K8 processors with the official model name ATI Radeon Xpress 200 Series for AMD Processors. The series includes ATI's first chipset with dual PCI Express x8 supporting CrossFire.

  2. ATI 580 Series

    Released on March 1, 2006. Actually there is only one model that features dual PCI Express x16 supporting CrossFire.

  3. AMD 690 Series with integrated Radeon X700 graphics core

    Released on February 28, 2007. AMD's first integrated graphics chipset. Supports HDMI and partial HD hardware acceleration.

  4. AMD 7 Series with or without integrated graphics

    To be released in Q3–Q4 2007. Supports HyperTransport 3.0 and PCI Express 2.0. The high-end model supports dual PCI Express x16. The integrated graphics supports universal video decoder (UVD).
Southbridge

Each northbridge can be coupled with southbridge
  1. ATI SB400 (IXP 400)
  2. ATI SB450 (IXP 450)
  3. ATI SB460 (IXP 460)
  4. ATI SB600 (IXP 600)
  5. ATI SB700 (IXP 700) (Q4 2007)
via A-Link Xpress (PCI Express x2) or A-Link Xpress II (PCI Express x4). As A-Link Xpress (II) is backward compatible with PCI Express links, they can also be coupled with any third-party southbridge that relies on PCI Express links to connect to northbridge such as
  1. ULi M1573
  2. ULi M1575
References

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NVIDIA
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NVIDIA entered the chipset business with the nForce chipset for the AMD platform in June 2001. nForce and nForce2 chipsets were designed for use with Athlon XP. NVIDIA adopted single-chipset solutions for the Athlon 64 processor (except for those for SLI x16 and C51/MCP51) because the memory controller is integrated in the processor. The chipsets are:

Chipsets with Discrete Graphics
  1. nForce3

    First released on April 22, 2003 along with the first Opteron processor. Supports AGP but does not support PCI Express. Introduced a native Gb LAN for the first time.

  2. nForce4 Series (codenamed Crush K8-04 or CK8-04)

    First released on October 2004. Features the support for PCI Express and the SLI (Scalable Link Interface) technology.

  3. nForce 500 Series (codenamed MCP55 and MCP65)

    First released on May 24, 2006 along with the Socket AM2 processors. New features include LinkBoost technology, support for 6 SATA drives, HD Audio interface, FirstPacket technology and DualNet technology. A cut-down version was released in H1 2007 that substitues the original nForce 500 Series and is placed below the upcoming nForce 700a Series.

  4. nForce 600a Series

    Released on November 30, 2006. Quad FX Platform only (nForce 680a SLI).

  5. nForce 700a Series (codenamed MCP72)

    To be released in Fall 2007. Fully supports new AMD Phenom processors. All versions of the MCP72 will support HyperTransport 3.0 processor bus as well as PCI Express 2.0 interconnection.
Chipsets with Integrated Graphics
  1. GeForce 6-Series and nForce4 Series (codenamed C51/MCP51 and MCP61)

    First released on September 20, 2005. A two-chip IGP solution from NVIDIA since the nForce 2 IGP. Unlike nForce2 that was targeted at the enthusiasts market, it was aimed for corporate desktop, value desktop and media center machine. A low-end single chipset solution, MCP61, that substitutes the C51/MCP51, was released in August 2006.

  2. GeForce 7-Series and nForce 6-Series Series (codenamed MCP68)

    Released on May 7, 2007. This is basically an updated version of MCP61 featuring GeForce 7 Series GPU and HDMI support.

  3. GeForce 8-Series mGPU (codenamed MCP78)

    Released on March 4, 2008. A single-chipset solution. It features HyperTransport 3.0 and PCI Express 2.0. The graphics core features DirectX 10 and PureVideo HD Gen 3 that supports full acceleration for MPEG-2, VC-1 and H.264 decode.
Notice that
  • Discrete Graphics: MCP55 —› MCP65 —› MCP72 —› MCP82 (Q1 09)
  • Integrated Graphics: MCP51 —› MCP61 —› MCP68 —› MCP78 —› MCP85 (Q1 09)
In either case the number increases first by 10, then by 7, then by 10, then by 7 ...

References

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SiS
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Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. (SiS) has been producing chipsets for AMD since 1999 (?). The current AMD Athlon 64 chipsets include ones for AGP and for PCI Express, and with or without integrated graphics.

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ULi
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ULi Electronics is a fabless IC design company (acquired by NVIDIA in December 2005) and has been producing PC chipsets for both AMD and Intel. Right now only one chipset M1697 (a single chip solution) supports AM2.

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VIA
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VIA has been producing chipsets for AMD and Intel for a long time. VIA was a leading chipset supplier in the K6 and K7 era but supplied only value segment chipsets lately. The current chipset series for the AMD platform is
  • K8 Series northbridges with VIA southbridges
They support AGP or PCI Express with or without integrated graphics.

VIA switched its focus from third party chipsets (i.e. for Intel and AMD) to chipsets for its own C7 processor platform in Q4 2007 (source).

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2. AMD 480 Series Chipset Motherboards
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Models
Northbridge
  • RS480
    • HT 1000/800MHz
    • 22 PCI Express lanes with links 16,1,1,4 (2/4 for A-Link Xpress II)
    • Radeon X300 (RV370)-based Integrated graphics with 300MHz core clock
  • RX480
    • Discrete graphics version of RS480
  • RS482
    • Die-shrink of RS480 from 130 nm to 110 nm
  • RS485
    • The same as RS482 apart from 400MHz graphics core clock and component video out.
  • RD480
    • HT 1000/800MHz
    • 22 PCI Express lanes with links 16,1,1,4 or 8,8,1,1,4 (2/4 for A-Link Xpress II) supporting CrossFire
Southbridge
  • SB450
    • 2 PATA, 4 x SATA at 1.5Gbps
    • RAID 0/1
    • 4 PCI Express lanes (2/4 for A-Link Express II)
    • HD Audio, 8 x USB 2.0
  • SB460
    • A die-shrink of SB450, pin-compatible with SB600
  • SB600
    • 1 PATA, 4 x SATA at 3.0Gbps
    • RAID 0/1/10, AHCI (NCQ, Hot-Plug)
    • 4 PCI Express lanes (2/4 for A-Link Xpress II)
    • HD Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
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RS480
RX480
RS482
RD480
SB600

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MicroATX Motherboard – RS482
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ECS
  1. ECS RS482M-M (V1.0A)

    • Specs: RS482 + SB450. Passive/Passive. 2 DIMMs. 1 x VGA, no DVI, TV out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video outs). PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/2*. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1, no NCQ, Hot-Plug, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

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MicroATX Motherboard – RS485
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ECS
  1. ECS RS485M-M (V1.0)

    • Specs: RS485 + SB460. Passive/Passive. 2 DIMMs. 1 x VGA, no DVI, TV out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video outs). PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/2*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1, no NCQ, Hot-Plug, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 500MHz, CPU: 1.45V, DRAM: —, Max CG: 218MHz (Hardware Secrets)
    • Reviews: Digit-Life, Hardware Secrets, HEXUX.net, IT Reviews, MADBOXPC.COM, PC Pro
    • Availability: Yes. PriceGrabber.com ($58.95)
EQS
  1. EQS A94SL-RS485MKM

    • Specs: RS485 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, no DVI, TV out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video outs). PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1*/2. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
MSI
  1. MSI K9AGM-FID

    • Specs: RS485 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, TV out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video outs). PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/2*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, no RAID, PCI Gb LAN, 5.1 Ch. HD Audio (need an optional bracket for 7.1 Ch.), no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: —, CPU: —, DRAM: —, Max CG: —
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com ($68.99)
PC Partner
  1. PC Partner RS485MKM-A94S

    • Specs: RS485 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, no DVI, TV out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video outs). PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1*/2. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
Sapphire
  1. Sapphire PURE Element 1150 PE-AM2RS485M

    • Specs: RS485 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, no DVI, TV out (need an optional bracket for composite video and S-video outs)?. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1*/2. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, 10/100Mbps LAN, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket)?, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Reviews: Digit-Life

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ASRock
  1. ASRock ALiveXFire-eSATA2

    • Specs: RD480 + SB600. Passive/Passive. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(-,16),(8,8)/1/3* supporting CrossFire. PATA/SATA/eSATA: 1/4/2, eSATA sharing controller with SATA, RAID 0/1/10, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 400MHz, CPU: 1.55V, DRAM: Ultra High, Max CG: ?
    • Reviews: OCWorkBench
ASUS
  1. ASUS M2A-MVP

    • Specs: RD480 + SB600. Passive/Passive. Support for ECC memory. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(-,16),(8,8)/2*/2 supporting CrossFire. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, PCI Gb LAN, 5.1 Ch. HD Audio, coaxial S/PDIF out, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 400MHz, CPU: —, DRAM: 2.1V, Max CG: ?
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com ($83.99)
ECS
  1. ECS AMD480XM-A (V1.0)

    • Specs: RD480 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 2 DIMMs. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(-,16),(8,8)/2*/2 supporting CrossFire. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, VT1708A 5.1 Ch. HD Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
Jetway
  1. Jetway M2A480VP

    • Specs: RD480 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 2GB max memory, 2 DIMMs. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/3*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 500MHz, CPU: 1.575V, DRAM: —, Max CG: ?
    • Reviews: OCWorkBench

  2. Jetway Jetway M2A481-OG

    • Specs: RD480 + SB600. Passive/Passive. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(-,16),(8,8)/1*/2. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 500MHz, CPU: 1.575V, DRAM: —, Max CG: ?
    • Reviews: OCWorkBench
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3. AMD 580 Series Chipset Motherboards
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Models
  • ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200 (codenamed RD580) for enthusiast users, released on March 1, 2006 (the AM2 version was released on May 23, 2006). The chipset was renamed to:
  • AMD 580X CrossFire after the acquisition of ATI by AMD
  • AMD 570X CrossFire (codenamed RD570)

  • ATI SB600 (IXP 600), released on May 23, 2006
Northbridge
  • RD580
    • HT 1000/800MHz
    • 40 PCI Express lanes with links 16,16,1,1,1,1,4 (2/4 for A-Link Xpress II) supporting CrossFire
  • RD570
    • HT 1000/800MHz
    • 32 PCI Express lanes with links 16,8,1,1,1,1,4 (2/4 for A-Link Xpress II) supporting CrossFire
Southbridge
  • SB600
    • 1 PATA, 4 x SATA at 3.0Gbps
    • RAID 0/1/10, AHCI (NCQ, Hot-Plug)
    • 4 PCI Express lanes (2/4 for A-Link Xpress II)
    • HD Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
The main difference of the dual PCI Express x16 graphics between AMD and NVIDIA is:
  • AMD: The two PCI Express x16 links are connected via Xpress Route inside northbridge so that data from one PCI Express x16 slot traveled to the other graphical slot with minimal latencies and at a highest possible rate.

  • NVIDIA: One PCI Express x16 link is connected to northbridge and the other to southbridge. northbridge and southbridge is connected via HyperTransport 2.0 with the same bandwidth as PCI Express x16 (8.0GB/s bidirectional) so that this architecture should not be a bottleneck.
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ASUS
  1. ASUS M2R32-MVP

DFI
  1. DFI INFINITY CFX3200-M2/G

    • Specs: RD580 + SB600. Active/Passive. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,16)/1/3 supporting CrossFire. PATA/SATA/eSATA: 1/4/1, RAID 0/1/10, PCI Gb LAN, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com ($129.99)
ECS
  1. ECS KA3 MVP (V1.0A)

MSI
  1. MSI K9A Platinum

PC Partner
  1. PC Partner RD580AKM-AA1D

    • Specs: RD580 + SB600. Passive/Passive. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,16)/2/2 supporting CrossFire. PATA/SATA: 1/6, RAID 0/1/10, dual Gb/Fast LAN, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  2. PC Partner RD580AKM-A95D

    • Specs: RD580 + SB600. Passive/Passive. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,16)/2/1 supporting CrossFire. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, dual Gb/Fast LAN, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
Sapphire
  1. Sapphire PURE CrossFire 3200 PC-AM2RD580


  2. Sapphire PURE CrossFire 3200 PC-AM2RD580Adv

    • Specs: RD580 + SB600. Passive/Passive. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,16)/2/2 supporting CrossFire. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, dual Gb/Fast LAN, coaxial S/PDIF in & out, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Reviews: Boot Daily – AM2 Motherboard Round-up

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ATX Motherboard – RD570
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Jetway
  1. Jetway M2A581 (Global site)

    • Specs: RD570 + SB600. Passive/Passive. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,8)/2*/2 supporting CrossFire. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, no S/PDIF, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  2. Jetway M2A581-SG (Global site)

    • Specs: RD570 + SB600. Passive/Passive. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,8)/2*/2 supporting CrossFire. PATA/SATA/eSATA: 1/4/1, RAID 0/1/10, no S/PDIF, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  3. Jetway M2A581-SGE (Global site)

    • Specs: RD570 + SB600. Passive/Passive. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,8)/2*/2 supporting CrossFire. PATA/SATA/eSATA: 1/4/1, RAID 0/1/10, no S/PDIF, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: The difference between M2A581, M2A581-SG and M2A581-SGE is that M2A581-SG and M2A581-SGE come with an eSATA port and M2A581-SGE comes with IEEE 1394.

  4. Jetway HA02-GT (Global site)

    • Specs: RD570 + SB600. Passive/Passive. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,8)/1/3 supporting CrossFire. PATA/SATA/eSATA: 1/4/1, RAID 0/1/10, PCI Gb LAN, coaxial S/PDIF in & out, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  5. Jetway HA02-GTE (Global site)

    • Specs: RD570 + SB600. Passive/Passive. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,8)/1/3 supporting CrossFire. PATA/SATA/eSATA: 1/4/1, RAID 0/1/10, PCI Gb LAN, coaxial S/PDIF in & out, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: The difference between HA02-GT and HA02-GTE is that HA02-GTE comes with IEEE 1394.
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AMD's first integrated graphics chipset AMD 690 Series consists of
  • AMD 690G (codenamed RS690; mainstream class IGP), released on February 28, 2007
  • AMD 690V (codenamed RS690C; value class IGP), released on February 28, 2007

  • ATI SB600 (IXP 600), released on May 23, 2006
There is no discrete graphics version like RD690 or RX690 as seen in previous chipset roadmaps.

Northbridge
  • RS690
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 24 PCI Express lanes with links 16,1,1,1,1,4 (2/4 for A-Link Express)
    • ATI Radeon X1250 Graphics derived from Radeon X700 graphics core
  • RS690C
    • The same as RS690 except for ATI Radeon X1200 Graphics
Southbridge
  • SB600
    • 1 PATA, 4 x SATA at 3.0Gbps
    • RAID 0/1/10, AHCI (NCQ, Hot-Plug)
    • 4 PCI Express lanes (2/4 for A-Link Express II)
    • HD Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
Integrated Graphics
  • ATI Radeon X1250 Graphics
    • 400MHz core clock, 1GB video memory
    • Vertex Shader/Pixel Shader/Texture Mapping/Render Output Units: 0/4/4/2, DirectX 9.0 Pixel/Vertex Shader Model 2.0/2.0
    • VGA: 2048 x 1536, DVI: 2560 x 1600, HDMI 1.2: 1080p, TV: 1080i
    • MPEG-2/VC-1/H.264: hw/sw/sw. Support for Avivo
    • Integrated HDMI audio controller (stereo PCM and 5.1 Dolby Digital/DTS)
    • SurroundView support for up to three monitors with an ATI discrete graphics card
  • ATI Radeon X1200 Graphics
    • The same as Radeon X1250 except for the lack of DVI/HDMI support
References

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GIGABYTE
  1. GIGABYTE GA-MA69G-S3H (rev. 1.0)

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI with the bundled HDMI to DVI adapter, 1 x HDMI, no TV-out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video outs). PCIe x16/PCIe x4/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/3*/2 supporting CrossFire. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, PCI Gb LAN, optical S/PDIF out, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 500MHz, CPU: 1.55V, DRAM: 2.4V, Max CG: 286MHz (OCWorkBench)
    • Reviews: OCWorkBench
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $88.99
MSI
  1. MSI K9AG Neo-F

    • Specs: RS690C + SB600. Passive/Passive. 2 DIMMs. 1 x VGA, no DVI, no HDMI, no TV-out. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2*/3. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: —, CPU: —, DRAM: —, Max CG: —

  2. MSI K9AG Neo2-F

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, no HDMI, no TV-out. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2*/3. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: —, CPU: —, DRAM: —, Max CG: —

  3. MSI K9AG Neo2-Digital

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, 1 x HDMI, no TV-out. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2*/3. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: —, CPU: —, DRAM: —, Max CG: —

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ASUS
  1. ASUS M2A-VM

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, no HDMI, no TV-out. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/2*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, 5.1 Ch. HD Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 400MHz, CPU: 1.550V, DRAM: 2.10V, Max CG: 225MHz (techPowerUp!)
    • Notes: Memory timings options are completely absent from the BIOS. PCI-E and PCI bus frequencies are not locked to 100 MHz / 33.3 MHz.
    • Reviews: Elite Bastards, Motherboards.org, PC Perspective, PC Pro, techPowerUp!
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $64.99

  2. ASUS M2A-VM HDMI

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, 1 x HDMI, 1 x composite/S-/component video. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/2*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, 5.1 Ch. HD Audio, coaxial S/PDIF out, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 400MHz, CPU: 1.550V, DRAM: 2.10V, Max CG: 225MHz (OCWorkBench)
    • Notes: Memory timings options are completely absent from the BIOS. PCI-E and PCI bus frequencies are not locked to 100 MHz / 33.3 MHz.
    • Reviews: OCWorkBench
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $89.99
BIOSTAR
  1. BIOSTAR A690G-M2

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, no HDMI, no TV-out. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/2*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 600MHz, CPU: 1.55V, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  2. BIOSTAR TA690G AM2

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, 1 x HDMI, 1 x S-video. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1*/2. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 600MHz, CPU: ?, DRAM: 2.95V, Max CG: 290MHz (a user)
    • Reviews: VR-Zone
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $89.99
ECS
  1. ECS AMD690GM-M2 (V1.0A)

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 2 DIMMs. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, no HDMI, no TV-out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video). PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/2*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, PCI Gb LAN, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Reviews: Digit-Life, Hardware Zone, Motherboards.org, OCWorkBench, TweakTown, X-bit labs
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $54.99
EQS
  1. EQS AB1S-RS690MKM

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, no DVI, 1 x HDMI, 1 x composite video, 1 x S-video. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1*/2. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, PCI Gb LAN, no S/PDIF, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: Identical with PC Partner RS690MKM-AB1S and Sapphire PURE Innovation PI-AM2RS690MHD.
    • Reviews: HEXUS.net
Foxconn
  1. Foxconn A690GM2MA-8EKRS2H

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, no HDMI, no TV-out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video). PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/2*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, PCI Gb LAN, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  2. Foxconn A690GM2MA-8KRS2H

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, no HDMI, no TV-out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video). PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/2*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, PCI Gb LAN, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  3. Foxconn A690GM2MA-RS2H

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, no HDMI, no TV-out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video). PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/2*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. HD Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
GIGABYTE
  1. GA-MA69GM-S2H (rev. 1.0)


  2. GA-MA69VM-S2 (rev. 1.0)

    • Specs: RS690C + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, no DVI, no HDMI, no TV-out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video). PCIe x16/PCIe x4/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/0/2*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, PCI Gb LAN, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $58.99
Jetway
  1. Jetway M2A692-GDG

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, no HDMI, no TV-out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video). PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/0/2*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, no S/PDIF, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Reviews: OCWorkBench

  2. Jetway M2A692-GHG

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, no DVI, 1 x HDMI, no TV-out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video). PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/0/2*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, no S/PDIF, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: Identical with Sapphire PE-AM2RS690MH.

  3. Jetway M2A692-VP

    • Specs: RS690C + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, no DVI, no HDMI, no TV-out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video). PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/0/2*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, no S/PDIF, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
• Value Audio Codec
  1. Jetway M2A692-VDP

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, no HDMI, no TV-out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video). PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/0/2*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. HD Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  2. Jetway M2A692-GDP

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, no HDMI, no TV-out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video). PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/0/2*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. HD Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  3. Jetway M2A692-GHP

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, no DVI, 1 x HDMI, no TV-out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video). PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/0/2*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. HD Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  4. Jetway M2A692-VDG

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, no HDMI, no TV-out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video). PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/0/2*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, 5.1 Ch. HD Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
MSI
  1. MSI K9AGM2-FIH


  2. MSI K9AGM2-L

    • Specs: RS690C + SB600. Passive/Passive. 2 DIMMs. 1 x VGA, no DVI, no HDMI, no TV-out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video). PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/2*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, 10/100Mbps LAN, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: —, CPU: —, DRAM: —, Max CG: —
    • Reviews: Digit-Life
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $58.99
PC Partner
  1. PC Partner RS690MKM-AB1S

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, no DVI, 1 x HDMI, no TV-out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-video)?. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1*/2. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, PCI Gb LAN, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket)?, no IEEE 1394?
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: Identical with EQS AB1S-RS690MKM and Sapphire PURE Innovation PI-AM2RS690MHD.
  2. PC Partner RS690CMKM-A94CL

    • Specs: RS690C + SB600. Passive/Passive. 2 DIMMs. 1 x VGA, no DVI, no HDMI, no TV-out header. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/0/2. PATA/SATA: 1/2, RAID 0/1, 10/100Mbps LAN, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket)?, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: A cut-down version of RS690MKM-AB1S with no CD-IN, no SYSFAN1, only 8 USB ports.
Sapphire
  1. Sapphire PURE Element PE-AM2RS690MH

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, no DVI, 1 x HDMI, no TV-out (need an optional bracket for composite/S-/component video). PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/0/2*. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, no S/PDIF, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: Identical with Jetway M2A692-GHG.
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $67.99

  2. Sapphire PURE Innovation PI-AM2RS690MHD

    • Specs: RS690 + SB600. Passive/Passive. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI, 1 x HDMI, 1 x composite/S-video. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1*/2. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, PCI Gb LAN, coaxial S/PDIF in & out, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 440MHz, CPU: 1.4V, DRAM: 2.1V, Max CG: 300MHz (techPowerUp!)
    • Notes: Identical with EQS AB1S-RS690MKM and PC Partner RS690MKM-AB1S.
    • Reviews: IT-review.net (CeBIT Head to head: MSI 690G vs. Sapphire Pure 690G), techPowerUp!
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The next-generation AMD 7-Series Chipsets, part of the AMD Spider Platform (with AMD Phenom and ATI HD 3800 Graphics Cards), consists of three subseries
  • AMD 790 Series
    • AMD 790FX (codenamed RD790), for PC enthusiasts, released on November 20, 2007
  • AMD 780 Series
    • AMD 790X (codenamed RD780), for gamers and HD enthusiasts, released on November 20, 2007
    • AMD 770 (codenamed RX780), for mainstream PC enthusiasts, released on November 20, 2007
    • AMD 790GX (codenamed RS780D), to be released in Q2 2008
    • AMD 780G (codenamed RS780) for mainstream users, released on March 5, 2008
    • AMD 780V (codenamed RS780C) for business users, released on March 5, 2008
  • AMD 740 Series
    • AMD 740 (codenamed RX740), to be released in Q3 2007
    • AMD 740G (codenamed RS740) for the low-end OEM market, released on March 5, 2008

  • ATI SB600 (IXP 600), released on May 23, 2006
  • ATI SB700, to be released in March 2008
  • ATI SB710, to be released in April 2008
  • ATI SB750, to be released in Q2 2008?
All northbridges are manufactured with 55 nm technology aimed at lowering power consumptions.

Northbridge

790 Series
  • RD790 (AMD 790FX)
    • HyperTransport 3.0
    • DSDC (Dual Socket Direct Connect) Architecture for FASN8 (First AMD Silicon Next-gen 8-core Platform)
    • 42 PCI Express 2.0 lanes with links 16,16,1,1,1,1,1,1,4, 16,8,8,1,1,1,1,1,1,4 or 8,8,8,8,1,1,1,1,1,1,4 (the last 4 for A-Link Xpress II) supporting CrossFireX (3- and 4-way CrossFire)
    • TDP 10W

780 Series
  • RD780 (AMD 790X)
    • HyperTransport 3.0
    • 26 PCI Express 2.0 lanes with links 16,1,1,1,1,1,1,4 or 8,8,1,1,1,1,1,1,4 (4 for A-Link Xpress II) supporting CrossFire
  • RX780 (AMD 770)
    • HyperTransport 3.0
    • 26 PCI Express 2.0 lanes with links 16,1,1,1,1,1,1,4 (4 for A-Link Xpress II)

  • RS780D (AMD 790GX)
    • HyperTransport 3.0
    • 26 PCI Express 2.0 lanes with links 16,1,1,1,1,1,1,4 or 8,8,1,1,1,1,1,1,4 (4 for A-Link Xpress II) supporting CrossFireX
    • ATI Radeon HD 3300 Integrated Graphics
  • RS780 (AMD 780G)
    • HyperTransport 3.0
    • 26 PCI Express 2.0 lanes with links 16,1,1,1,1,1,1,4 (4 for A-Link Xpress II)
    • ATI Radeon HD 3200 Integrated Graphics
    • TDP 11.4W
  • RS780C
    • HyperTransport 3.0
    • 26 PCI Express 2.0 lanes with links 16,1,1,1,1,1,1,4 (4 for A-Link Xpress II)
    • ATI Radeon 3100 Integrated Graphics
740 Series
  • RX740
    • HyperTransport 2.0, support for AM2+
    • 24 PCI Express 1.1 lanes with links 16,1,1,1,1,4 (4 for A-Link Xpress II)
  • RS740 (740G)
    • HyperTransport 2.0, support for AM2+
    • 24 PCI Express 1.1 lanes with links 16,1,1,1,1,4 (4 for A-Link Xpress II)
    • ATI Radeon 2100 Integrated Graphics
Southbridge
  • SB600
    • 1 PATA, 4 x SATA at 3.0Gbps
    • RAID 0/1/10, AHCI (NCQ, Hot-Plug)
    • 4 PCI Express lanes (4 for A-Link Xpress II)
    • HD Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
  • SB700
    • 1 PATA, 6 x SATA at 3.0Gbps
    • RAID 0/1/10, AHCI (NCQ, Hot-Plug)
    • 4 PCI Express lanes (4 for A-Link Xpress II)
    • HD Audio, 14 x USB 2.0
    • Hybrid Flash
  • SB710
    • Identical with SB700 except for:
    • Integrated Clock Generator and Super I/O
  • SB750
    • Identical with SB700 except for:
    • Support for RAID 5.
Integrated Graphics
  • ATI Radeon HD 3300 (AMD 790GX)
  • ATI Radeon HD 3200 (AMD 780G)
    • 500 MHz core clock
    • 40 stream processors, DirectX 10, Shader Model 4.0, support for local frame buffer (or side-port memory; 16-bit, DDR2-1066 256MB/DDR3-1333 128MB), Hybrid CrossFireX
    • VGA: 2048 x 1536, DVI: 2560 x 1600, HDMI 1.2: 1080p, TV: 1080i, support for DisplayPort
    • UVD+, support for Avivo HD
    • Integrated HDMI audio controller (stereo PCM and 5.1 Dolby Digital/DTS)
  • ATI Radeon 3100 (AMD 780V)
    • DirectX 10
    • VGA, DVI, HDMI, DP
    • Support for Avivo
  • ATI Radeon 2100 (AMD 740G)
    • DirectX 9
    • VGA, DVI, HDMI
    • Support for Avivo
References

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  1. ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP

    • Specs: RD790 + SB600. Passive-heatpipe/Passive-heatpipe. PCIe 2.0 x16/PCIe 2.0 x1/PCI: 4@(16,16,0,0),(16,8,8),(8,8,8,8)/0/2. PATA/SATA/eSATA: 1/6/1, RAID 0/1/10, wireless LAN, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  2. ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe

    • Specs: The same as ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP sans wireless LAN.
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
MSI
  1. MSI K9A2 Platinum


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MSI
  1. MSI K9A2 CF

    • Specs: RD780 + SB600. Passive/Passive. PCIe 2.0 x16/PCIe 2.0 x1/PCI: 2@(16,0),(8,8)/1/2. PATA/SATA/eSATA: 1/4/1, RAID 0/1/10, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

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  1. abit AX78 (Global site) or abit AX78 (USA site)

    • Specs: RX780 + SB600. Passive-heatpipe/Passive. PCIe 2.0 x16/PCIe 2.0 x1/PCI: 2@(16,4)/1/3 supporting CrossFire. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/10, optical S/PDIF out, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
BIOSTAR
  1. BIOSTAR TA770 A2+

    • Specs: RX780 + SB600. Passive/Passive. PCIe 2.0 x16/PCIe 2.0 x1/PCI: 1/2*/3. PATA/SATA/eSATA: 1/4/2, RAID 0/1/10, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
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The next-generation AMD 8-Series Chipsets, part of the AMD Leo Platform (with 45nm "STARS" processors and ATI RV870 graphics cards), are expected in Q2 2009 and consists of two subseries
  • RD890
  • RS880D
  • RS880
  • RS880C
They supports Socket AM2+ and Socket AM3. RD890 is a revised verson of RD790 (790FX) with better support for CrossFire. The rest integrate GPU. They are basically revised versions of 780G with higher graphics core clock, power saving options, and improved UVD. A new southbridge ATI SB800 may be postponed.


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NVIDIA's first chipset for the K8 processor nForce3 (codenamed Crush K8 or CK8) was released on April 23, 2003, along with the release of Opteron processor. As memory controller is integrated into the CPU, NVIDIA chose a single-chip solution. There are basically two versions: nForce3 150 (the original version) and nForce 250 (the improved version) .

Models
  • nForce3 Pro150 for the 1P/2P workstation and professional segments, released on April 23, 2003 along with the Opteron processor
  • nForce3 150 for the desktop PC market, released on September 23, 2003 along with the Athlon 64 processor
  • nForce3 Go150 for the mobile notebook market, released on September 23, 2003

  • nForce3 250Gb, released on March 23, 2004
  • nForce3 250, released on March 23, 2004
  • nForce3 Ultra, released on June 1, 2004 along with Socket 939 processors
  • nForce3 Pro250
Chipset

nForce3 150
  • nForce3 Pro150
    • HT 1.0 600MHz, Socket 940, 1P and 2P
    • AGP 8X
    • 3 PATA, no SATA
    • RAID 0/1, no NCQ, Hot Plug
    • Integrated 10/100Mbps LAN controller, 6 Ch. AC'97 Audio, 6 x USB 2.0
  • nForce3 150
    • Desktop version of nForce3 Pro150, Socket 754
  • nForce3 Go150
    • Mobile version of nForce3 Pro150, Socket 754
nForce3 250
  • nForce3 250Gb
    • HT 1.0 800MHz, Socket 754
    • AGP 8X
    • 2 PATA, 4 x SATA at 1.5Gbps (2 SATA via external PHY)
    • RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, no NCQ, Hot Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, Firewall, AC'97 Audio, 8 x USB 2.0
  • nForce3 250
    • Stripped-down version of 250Gb without Gb LAN
  • nForce3 Ultra
    • HT 2.0 1000MHz, Socket 939
    • Otherwise the same as nForce3 250Gb
  • nForce3 Pro250
    • Server version of nForce3 Ultra, Socket 940, 1P to 16P
References

nForce3 150
nForce3 250

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Every nForce3 motherboard supporting AM2 happens to be an nForce3 250 board.

ASRock
  1. ASRock AM2NF3-VSTA

    • Specs: nForce3 250. Passive. HT 800MHz. AGP/PCI: 1/5*, no PCI Express. PATA/SATA: 2/2, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/JBOD, no NCQ, Hot-Plug, 10/100Mbps LAN, CM6501 UAA USB audio, no S/PDIF, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
BIOSTAR
  1. BIOSTAR NF3 250 AM2 (1.0)

    • Specs: nForce3 250. Passive. HT 800MHz. 2GB max memory, 2 DIMMs. AGP/PCI: 1/5, no PCI Express. PATA/SATA: 2/2, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/JBOD, no NCQ, Hot-Plug, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
GIGABYTE
  1. GIGABYTE GA-MF3

    • Specs: nForce3 250. Passive. HT 800MHz. 2 DIMMs. AGP/PCI: 1/5*, no PCI Express. PATA/SATA: 2/2, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/JBOD, no NCQ, Hot-Plug, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
PCCHIPS
  1. PCCHIPS A16 (V1.0A)

    • Specs: nForce3 250. Passive. HT 800MHz. 2 DIMMs. AGP/PCI: 1/5, no PCI Express. PATA/SATA: 2/2, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/JBOD, no NCQ, Hot-Plug, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
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8. NVIDIA nForce4 Series for AMD Chipset Motherboards
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The nForce4 chipset family (codenamed Crush K8-04, CK8-04 or MCP04) was built upon the nForce3 250 family with the support for
  • PCI Express
  • SLI multi-GPU technology
The initial model supports only SLI x8. Note that the integrated audio controller is still AC'97 (Intel released 915 Express chipset supporting HD Audio in June 2004).

Models
  • nForce4 (and nForce4-4X) for value users, released on October 19, 2004
  • nForce4 Ultra for performance users, released on October 19, 2004
  • nForce4 SLI for performance gamers, released on October 19, 2004

  • nForce4 SLI X16 for enthusiasts, released on August 8, 2005
The first three models were renamed when adapted for Socket AM2 and now called
  • nForce 500, released on May 23, 2006
  • nForce 500 Ultra, released on May 23, 2006
  • nForce 500 SLI, released on May 23, 2006
They are part of the nForce 500 Series for AMD, but I included them here because they are nForce4 in essence.

Chipset
  • nForce4/nForce4-4X (CK804; NF4-(N-)A3/NF4-4X-N-A3)
    • HT 1000MHz for nForce4, 800MHz for nForce4-4X
    • 20 PCI Express lanes with 4 fixed links 16,1,1,1 (1 lane unused)
    • 2 x PATA, 4 x SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, NCQ, Hot Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, Firewall, AC'97 Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
  • nForce4 Ultra (CK804; NF4-ULTRA-(N-)A3)
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 20 PCI Express lanes with 4 fixed links 16,1,1,1 (1 lane unused)
    • 2 x PATA, 4 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, NCQ, Hot Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, Firewall, AC'97 Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
    • TCP/IP Acceleration
  • nForce4 SLI (CK804; CK8-04(-PRO) or NF4-SLI-(N-)A3/A4)
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 20 PCI Express lanes with 5 flexible links 16,1,1,1,1 or 8,8,1,1,1
    • 2 x PATA, 4 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, Firewall, AC'97 Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
    • TCP/IP Acceleration
  • nForce4 SLI X16 (C51D + CK804; C51-D-A2, NF-6100-N-A2 or NF-SPP-100-N-A2 + NF4-SLI-A4)
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 38 PCI Express lanes with 7 flexible links such as 16,16,2,1,1,1,1
    • 2 x PATA, 4 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, Firewall, AC'97 Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
    • TCP/IP Acceleration
The Ultra is the vanilla plus the support for SATA 3.0Gbps and TCP/IP Acceleration. The SLI is the Ultra plus the support for SLI and RAID 5.

SPP
  • C51D
    • The discrete graphics version of the C51 SPP (GeForce 6-Series SPP).
    • 18 PCI Express lanes with 3 links 16,1,1
MCP
  • CK804
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 20 PCI Express lanes with flexible links
    • 2 x PATA, 4 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, AC'97 Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
    • TCP/IP Acceleration
References

nForce4
nForce4 SLI X16
nForce Pro 2200 (the server version of nForce4)

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abit
  1. abit KN9

    • Specs: nForce4 Ultra. Passive-heatpipe. Support for ECC memory. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2/3*. PATA/SATA: 2/4, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com ($74.99)
Albatron
  1. Albatron K8NF4-AM2

    • Specs: nForce4. Passive. 2 DIMMs. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/4*. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
BIOSTAR

All the BIOSTAR boards are basically identical except for chipset, LAN PHY and audio codec.

• RTL8201CL 10/100Mbps LAN + ALC655 5.1 Ch. AC'97
  1. BIOSTAR NF4 AM2

    • Specs: nForce4. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2*/4. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  2. BIOSTAR TForce4 AM2

    • Specs: nForce4. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2*/4. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  3. BIOSTAR TForce4 U AM2

    • Specs: nForce4 Ultra. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2*/4. PATA/SATA: 2/4, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 450MHz, CPU: 2.31V, DRAM: 2.3V, Max CG: ?
• 88E3016 10/100Mbps LAN + ALC655 5.1 Ch. AC'97
  1. BIOSTAR NF4 AM2L

    • Specs: nForce4. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2*/4. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  2. BIOSTAR NF500 AM2 (1.x)

    • Specs: nForce 500. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2*/4. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
• 88E3016 10/100Mbps LAN + CM6501 7.1 Ch. UAA USB
  1. BIOSTAR NF500 AM2L (5.x)

    • Specs: nForce 500. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2*/4. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 10/100Mbps LAN, CM6501 7.1 Ch. UAA USB Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
• 88E1116 Gb LAN + ALC655 5.1 Ch. AC'97
  1. BIOSTAR NF4 AM2G (1.0)

    • Specs: nForce4. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2*/4. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  2. BIOSTAR NF4U AM2G

    • Specs: nForce4 Ultra. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2*/4. PATA/SATA: 2/4, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com ($65.99)

  3. BIOSTAR NF500-A2G (1.x)

    • Specs: nForce 500. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2*/4. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
• 88E1116 Gb LAN + CM6501 7.1 Ch. UAA USB
  1. BIOSTAR NF500 AM2G (5.x)

    • Specs: nForce 500. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2*/4. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, CM6501 7.1 Ch. UAA USB Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  2. BIOSTAR NF500U AM2G (5.x)

    • Specs: nForce 500 Ultra. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2*/4. PATA/SATA: 2/4, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, CM6501 7.1 Ch. UAA USB Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
DFI
  1. DFI INFINITY NF-M2

    • Specs: nForce4. Active. DDR2-667/533 up to 4GB, 4 DIMMs. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2/3*. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  2. DFI INFINITY NFII-M2

    • Specs: nForce4. Active. DDR2-667/533 up to 4GB, 4 DIMMs. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,2)/2/3. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: NFII-M2, NF ULTRAII-M2, NF SLI-M2, and NF SLI-M2/G are all identical except for chipset (and hence functionality).

  3. DFI INFINITY NF ULTRAII-M2

    • Specs: nForce4 Ultra. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,2)/1/3. PATA/SATA: 2/4, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, AC'97 Audio, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 450MHz, CPU: 1.850V, DRAM: 2.50V, Max CG: 400MHz (PC Modding Malaysia)
    • Reviews: PC Modding Malaysia
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com ($69.99)
ECS
  1. ECS NFORCE4M-A (V1.1)

    • Specs: nForce4-4X. Active. HT 1000MHz. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2/3*. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $59.99

  2. ECS NFORCE4M-A (V3.0)

    • Specs: nForce4-4X. Active. HT 1000MHz. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2/3*. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: I don't see any difference between V1.1 and V3.0.
    • Reviews: SysOpt.com
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com ($55.99)

  3. ECS NFORCE5M-A (V5.0)

    • Specs: nForce 500. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2/3*. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: The difference between NFORCE4M-A and NFORCE5M-A is chipset and power inductors (semi-open vs. enclosed).
Foxconn

• N5VM2AA & N5M2AA
  1. Foxconn N5VM2AA-EKRS2H

    • Specs: nForce4-4X. Active. HT 800MHz. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2/4*. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  2. Foxconn N5VM2AA-KRS2H

    • Specs: nForce4-4X. Active. HT 800MHz. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2/4*. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  3. Foxconn N5M2AA-EKRS2H

    • Specs: nForce4. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2/4*. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: N5VM2AA and N5M2AA are identical apart form chipset.
Inno3D
  1. Inno3D SM2NF4A

    • Specs: nForce4. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,-),(8,8)/1*/3. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, coaxial S/PDIF in & out, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
Jetway
  1. Jetway M2GTA-4VP

    • Specs: nForce4-4X. Passive. HT 1000MHz. 2 DIMMs. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/4*. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  2. Jetway M2GTA-SVP

    • Specs: nForce4. Passive. 2 DIMMs. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/4*. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: M2GTA-4VP and M2GTA-SVP are identical apart from chipset.

  3. Jetway M2GTS-SVP

    • Specs: nForce4. Passive. 2 DIMMs. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/4*. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: M2GTA-SVP and M2GTS-SVP are identical except that M2GTS-SVP has 2 serial ports in the rear panel.
MSI
  1. MSI K9N4 Ultra-F

    • Specs: nForce 500 Ultra. Passive. 2 DIMMs. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/3*. PATA/SATA: 2/4, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com ($56.99)

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Albatron
  1. Albatron K8SLI-AM2

    • Specs: nForce4 SLI. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 3@(-,16,-),(8,-,8)/1/3. PATA/SATA: 2/4, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, AC'97 Audio, coaxial S/PDIF in & out, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
ASUS
  1. ASUS M2N4-SLI

    • Specs: nForce 500 SLI. Passive. Support for ECC memory. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,-),(8,8)/2*/2. PATA/SATA: 2/4, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, coaxial S/PDIF out, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 400MHz, CPU: ?, DRAM: 1.95V, Max CG: ?
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com ($99.99)

  2. ASUS M2N-E SLI

    • Specs: nForce 500 SLI. Passive. Support for ECC memory. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,-),(8,8)/2*/2. PATA/SATA: 2/4, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, CM6501 7.1 Ch. UAA USB Audio, coaxial S/PDIF out, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 400MHz, CPU: ?, DRAM: 1.95V, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: M2N4-SLI and M2N-E SLI are identical apart from audio codec and the support for IEEE 1394 (and PCB color).
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $89.99

  3. ASUS M2N-Plus SLI Vista Edition

    • Specs: nForce 500 SLI. Passive. Support for ECC memory. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,-),(8,8)/2*/2. PATA/SATA: 2/4, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, CM6501 7.1 Ch. UAA USB Audio, coaxial S/PDIF out, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 400MHz, CPU: ?, DRAM: 1.95V, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: This is basically identical with M2N-E SLI with all solid capacitors and ASUS AI Lifestyle Vista Edition Features (AI Remote, AP Trigger, ASUS Accelerated Propeller, TPM support).
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $114.99
DFI
  1. DFI INFINITY NF SLI-M2

    • Specs: nForce4 SLI. Active. Support for ECC memory. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,2),(8,8)/1/3. PATA/SATA: 2/4, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, AC'97 Audio, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $79.99

  2. DFI INFINITY NF SLI-M2/G

    • Specs: nForce4 SLI. Active. Support for ECC memory. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,2),(8,8)/1/3. PATA/SATA: 2/4, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, AC'97 Audio, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: Identical with INFINITY NF SLI-M2 apart from RoHS-compliance (suffix G indicates it).
GIGABYTE
  1. GA-M55SLI-S4 (rev. 1.0)

    • Specs: nForce4 SLI. Passive. Support for ECC memory. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,-),(8,8)/3*/2. PATA/SATA: 2/4, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, AC'97 Audio, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 456MHz, CPU: 1.75V, DRAM: 2.1V, Max CG: ?
    • Availability: Yes. PriceGrabber.com: $90.95

  2. GA-M55SLI-S4 (rev. 2.0)

    • Specs: nForce4 SLI. Active. Support for ECC memory. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,-),(8,8)/3*/2. PATA/SATA: 2/4, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, AC'97 Audio, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 456MHz, CPU: 1.75V, DRAM: 2.1V, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: Rev. 2.0 comes with enclosed power inductors and active cooling.
Jetway
  1. Jetway M2GT4-SVG

    • Specs: nForce4. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 3@(-,16,-),(8,-,8)/1/3. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, AC'97 Audio, coaxial S/PDIF in & out, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: SLI-ready. What you need is an SLI bridge.

  2. Jetway M2GT4-SOG

    • Specs: nForce4. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 3@(-,16,-),(8,-,8)/1/3. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, AC'97 Audio, coaxial S/PDIF in & out, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: SLI-ready. What you need is an SLI bridge. The difference between SVG and SOG is that SOG features embedded capacitors.
  3. Jetway M2GT4-LDG

    • Specs: nForce4 SLI. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 3@(-,16,-),(8,-,8)/1/3. PATA/SATA: 2/4, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, AC'97 Audio, coaxial S/PDIF in & out, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: Identical with M2GT4-SOG except for chipset.

  4. Jetway M2GT4NB

    • Specs: nForce4. Active. 2 DIMMs. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 3@(-,16,-),(8,-,8)/1/2. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, coaxial S/PDIF in & out, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: SLI-ready. What you need is an SLI bridge.
MSI
  1. MSI K9N4 SLI

    • Specs: nForce 500 SLI. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,-),(8,8)/2*/2. PATA/SATA: 2/4, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com ($82.99)

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  1. Jetway M2GTM-4VP

    • Specs: nForce4-4X. Passive. HT 1000MHz. 2 DIMMs. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/1*. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  2. Jetway M2GTM-SVP

    • Specs: nForce4. Passive. 2 DIMMs. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/1*. PATA/SATA: 2/4, SATA at 1.5Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. AC'97 Audio, no S/PDIF, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: M2GTM-4VP and M2GTM-SVP are identical apart from chipset.
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NVIDIA released nForce 500 Series featuring a new MCP, dubbed MCP55, along with AMD AM2 processors. The Socket AM2 version of nForce4 is also included in this series (I listed them in the chapter "NVIDIA nForce4 for AMD Chipset Motherboards"). Distinctive features of nForce 500 Series are
  • 8 more PCI Express lanes
  • Dual native Gb LAN
  • HD Audio
Later NVIDIA released another subseries to replace the original series featuring a stripped-down version of MCP55 (the first two of the above were dropped), dubbed MCP65.

Models
  • nForce 550 for mainstream users, released on May 23, 2006
  • nForce 570 Ultra for performance users, released on May 23, 2006
  • nForce 570 SLI for performance gamers, released on May 23, 2006
  • nForce 590 SLI for enthusiasts, released on May 23, 2006

  • nForce 520 LE for value users, released in April 2007?
  • nForce 520 for mainstream users, released in January 2007?
  • nForce 560 for mainstream users, released in May 2007?
  • nForce 570 LT SLI for performance gamers, released in July 2007?
Chipset

MCP55
  • nForce 550 (MCP55S; NF550-N-A2)
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 20 PCI Express lanes with 5 fixed links 16,1,1,1,1
    • 1 x PATA, 4 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, HD Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
  • nForce 570 Ultra (MCP55 Ultra; NF570-N-A2)
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 20 PCI Express lanes with 5 fixed links 16,1,1,1,1
    • 1 x PATA, 6 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Dual native Gb LAN, HD Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
    • FirstPacket Technology, DualNet with Teaming, TCP/IP Acceleration
  • nForce 570 SLI (MCP55P; MCP55-P-N-A1 or NF570-SLI-N-A2)
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 28 PCI Express lanes with 6 flexible links such as 16,8,1,1,1,1 or 8,8,1,1,1,1 (SLI mode)
    • 1 x PATA, 6 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Dual native Gb LAN, HD Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
    • FirstPacket Technology, DualNet with Teaming, TCP/IP Acceleration
  • nForce 590 SLI (C51XE + MCP55P/PXE; C51XE-N-A2 or NF-SPP-190-N-A2 + NF570-SLI-N-A2/NF590-SLI-N-A2)
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 46 PCI Express lanes with 9 flexible links 16,16,8,1,1,1,1,1,1
    • 1 x PATA, 6 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Dual native Gb LAN, HD Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
    • FirstPacket Technology, DualNet with Teaming, TCP/IP Acceleration
    • LinkBoost Technology (MCP55PXE only). This feature was removed in Q2 2007 (perhaps because of instability problems and no performance gain) and hence the MCP was replaced by MCP55P.
MCP65
  • nForce 520 LE (MCP65V; NF520LE-A2)
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 19 PCI Express lanes with 3 fixed links 16,1,1
    • 1 x PATA, 2 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Native 10/100Mbps LAN, HD Audio, 8 x USB 2.0
  • nForce 520 (MCP65S; NF520-A2)
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 19 PCI Express lanes with 4 fixed links 16,1,1,1
    • 1 x PATA, 4 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Native 10/100Mbps LAN, HD Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
  • nForce 560 (MCP65GT; NF560-A3)
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 19 PCI Express lanes with 4 fixed links 16,1,1,1
    • 1 x PATA, 4 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, HD Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
    • FirstPacket Technology
  • nForce 570 LT SLI (MCP65P; NF570LT-SLI-A2)
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 19 PCI Express lanes with 4 flexible links 16,1,1,1 or 8,8,1,1
    • 1 x PATA, 6 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, HD Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
    • FirstPacket Technology
SPP
  • C51XE
    • The discrete graphics version of the C51 SPP (GeForce 6-Series SPP).
    • 18 PCI Express lanes with 3 links 16,1,1
MCP
  • MCP55S/Ultra/P/PXE
    • There are 4 vesions of MCP55 all of which look the same. However not all features in the below are available in each version.
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 28 PCI Express lanes with 6 flexible links such as 16,8,1,1,1,1
    • 1 x PATA, 6 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Dual native Gb LAN, HD Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
    • FirstPacket Technology, DualNet with Teaming, TCP/IP Acceleration
    • LinkBoost Technology
  • MCP65V/S/GT/P
    • There are 4 vesions of MCP65 all of which look the same. However not all features in the below are available in each version.
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 19 PCI Express lanes with 4 flexible links 16,1,1,1 or 8,8,1,1
    • 1 x PATA, 6 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, HD Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
    • FirstPacket Technology
References

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KN9S, KN9 Ultra and KN9 SLI are using the same PCB.
  1. abit KN9S

    • Specs: nForce 550. Passive-heatpipe. Support for ECC memory. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/3*/2. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, no S/PDIF, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 400MHz, CPU: 2.1V, DRAM: 2.3V, Max CG: ?
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $79.99

  2. abit KN9 Ultra

    • Specs: nForce 570 Ultra. Passive-heatpipe. Support for ECC memory. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/3*/2. PATA/SATA: 1/6, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, dual Gb LAN, optical S/PDIF out, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 400MHz, CPU: 2.1V, DRAM: 2.3V, Max CG: 250MHz (Phoronix)
    • Reviews: Phoronix
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $109.99
ASUS
  1. ASUS M2N-E

    • Specs: nForce 570 Ultra. Passive-heatpipe. Support for ECC memory. PCIe x16/PCIe x4/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1/2*/3. PATA/SATA: 1/6, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, AD1988 HD Audio, coaxial S/PDIF out, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 400MHz, CPU: +0.05V, DRAM: 1.95V, Max CG: 220MHz (X-bit labs)
    • Reviews: X-bit labs, iXBT.com
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $99.99
BIOSTAR
  1. BIOSTAR NF550 AM2

    • Specs: nForce 550. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2*/4. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  2. BIOSTAR TForce 550 (1.0/1.1/1.2/1.3)

    • Specs: nForce 550. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2*/4. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 450MHz, CPU: 2.31V, DRAM: 2.1V, Max CG: 340MHz (PenStar Systems)
    • Notes: Ver 1.0 uses ALC861-VD audio codec, while the rest ALC883. The difference between 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 is unclear. Super I/O chipset may be different.
    • Reviews: Digit Life, Hard|OCP, Motherboards.org, PenStar Systems
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $79.99

  3. BIOSTAR TForce 550 SE (5.x)

    • Specs: nForce 550. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2*/4. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 450MHz, CPU: 2.31V, DRAM: 2.1V, Max CG: >300MHz
    • Notes: The difference between the vanilla and the SE is audio codec (ALC883 vs. ALC888).
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $72.99

  4. BIOSTAR TForce 570 U (5.x)

    • Specs: nForce 570 Ultra. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/3*/3. PATA/SATA: 1/6, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 450MHz, CPU: 1.725V, DRAM: 2.1V, Max CG: ?

  5. BIOSTAR TForce 570 U Deluxe

    • Specs: nForce 570 Ultra. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/3*/3. PATA/SATA: 1/6, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, dual Gb LAN, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 450MHz, CPU: 1.725V, DRAM: 2.1V, Max CG: 290MHz (Overclockers Online)
    • Notes: The difference between the vanilla and the Deluxe is single vs. dual Gb LAN and ALC888 vs. ALC883 (ALC888 is better than ALC883!).
    • Reviews: Overclockers Online
DFI
  1. DFI INFINITY NF550-M2/G

    • Specs: nForce 550. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,1)/1/3. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: 310MHz (a user)

  2. DFI INFINITY NF570-M2/G

    • Specs: nForce 570 Ultra. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,1)/1/3. PATA/SATA: 1/6, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: The difference between NF550 and NF570 is NF570 comes with 2 more SATA ports and supports for RAID 5.
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $99.99
ECS
  1. ECS MCP55M-A (V1.0)

    • Specs: nForce 550. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2*/2. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
GIGABYTE
  1. GIGABYTE GA-M55S-S3 (rev. 1.0)

    • Specs: nForce 550. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/4*/2. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 500MHz, CPU: 1.55V, DRAM: 2.5V, Max CG: ?

  2. GIGABYTE GA-M55S-S3 (rev. 1.1)

    • Specs: nForce 550. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/4*/2. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 500MHz, CPU: 1.55V, DRAM: 2.5V, Max CG: ?

  3. GIGABYTE GA-M55S-S3 (rev. 2.0)

    • Specs: nForce 550. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/4*/2. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 500MHz, CPU: 1.55V, DRAM: 2.5V, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: Apart from minor changes of cooling, power inductors and header positions, the difference between rev. 1.0, rev. 1.1 and rev. 2.0 is that rev. 2.0 supports ECC memory and RAID 5.
MSI
  1. MSI K9N Neo-F

    • Specs: nForce 550. Passive. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/2*/3. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, no S/PDIF, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: —, DRAM: 2.1V, Max CG: 238MHz (Rbmods.com)
    • Reviews: Rbmods.com
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $72.99

  2. MSI K9N Ultra-2F

    • Specs: nForce 570 Ultra. Passive. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/3*/3. PATA/SATA: 1/6, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, dual Gb LAN, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 425MHz, CPU: 1.4V, DRAM: 2.45V, Max CG: 240MHz (Digital-Daily)
    • Reviews: Digital-Daily

  3. MSI K9N Platinum

    • Specs: nForce 570 Ultra. Passive. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,1)/2*/3. PATA/SATA: 1/6, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, dual Gb LAN, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 425MHz, CPU: 1.4V, DRAM: 2.45V, Max CG: 275MHz (Hardware Zone)
    • Notes: The board uses the same PCB as K9N Ultra-2F (apart from color), with a heatsink on MOSFET, a PCI Express x16 slot @1 and IEEE 1394.
    • Reviews: BCCHardware, Digit-Life, Hardware Zone, Legion Hardware, Noticias 3D

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  1. abit KN9 SLI

ASUS
  1. ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe

    • Specs: nForce 570 SLI. Passive-heatpipe. Support for ECC memory. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,8),(8,8)/2*/3. PATA/SATA/eSATA: 1/7/1, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, dual Gb LAN, AD1988B HD Audio, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 400MHz, CPU: 1.5625V, DRAM: 2.5V, Max CG: 220MHz (X-bit labs), 315MHz (a user)
    • Reviews: X-bit labs
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $134.99
BIOSTAR
  1. BIOSTAR TF570 SLI (5.x)

    • Specs: nForce 570 SLI. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,8),(8,8)/2*/3. PATA/SATA: 1/6, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, dual Gb LAN, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 400MHz, CPU: 1.5625V, DRAM: 2.5V, Max CG: 220MHz (X-bit labs), 315MHz (a user)
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $84.99
DFI
  1. DFI INFINITY NF570 SLI-M2/G

    • Specs: nForce 570 SLI. Active. Support for ECC memory. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,8),(8,8)/1/3. PATA/SATA: 1/6, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $129.99
Foxconn

• N5M2AB & N5UM2AB

This series supports SLI x8. The "U" version supports 6 SATA ports and RAID 5
  1. Foxconn N5M2AB-8EKRS2H

    • Specs: nForce 550. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,-),(8,8)/1*/3. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  2. Foxconn N5M2AB-8KRS2H

    • Specs: nForce 550. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,-),(8,8)/1*/3. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  3. Foxconn N5UM2AB-8EKRS2H

    • Specs: nForce 570 Ultra. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,-),(8,8)/1*/3. PATA/SATA: 1/6, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?

  4. Foxconn N5UM2AB-8KRS2H

    • Specs: nForce 570 Ultra. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,-),(8,8)/1*/3. PATA/SATA: 1/6, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, no S/PDIF (need an optional bracket), IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: ?, CPU: ?, DRAM: ?, Max CG: ?
• N570SM2AA

A genuine nForce 570 SLI chipset motherboard.
  1. Foxconn N570SM2AA-8EKRS2H

    • Specs: nForce 570 SLI. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,-),(8,8)/2*/2. PATA/SATA/eSATA: 2/7/1, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, dual Gb LAN, support for Dolby Home Theater, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 450MHz, CPU: +0.2V, DRAM: 2.4V, Max CG: 274MHz (Digital-Daily)
    • Reviews: Digital-Daily, HEXUS.net, Ninjalane
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $123.99
Inno3D
  1. Inno3D SM2550A

    • Specs: nForce 550. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,-),(8,8)/2*/2. PATA/SATA: 1/6, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, coaxial S/PDIF in & out, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 600MHz, CPU: +0.175V, DRAM: 1.95V, Max CG: ?
    • Notes: Despite the chipset, the board supports SLI x8 and 6 SATA drives.
Jetway
  1. Jetway M25GT4-SOG

    • Specs: nForce 550. Active. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 2@(16,-),(8,8)/2*/3. PATA/SATA: 1/6, RAID 0/1/01/JBOD, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 500MHz, CPU: 1.55V, DRAM: 2.5V, Max CG: ?

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NVIDIA released nForce 680a SLI chipset for the AMD Quad FX platform. Currently this is the only chipset for this platform. Basically nForce 680a SLI is composed of two nForce 570 SLI chipsets, each providing a PCI Express x16 link and a PCI Express x8 link, thus initially called 4x4 (4 CPU cores and 4 GPU cores).

Models
  • nForce 680a SLI for multimedia enthusiasts, released on November 30, 2006
Chipset
  • nForce 680a SLI (MCP55PXE + MCP55PXE)
    • HT 1000MHz, Athlon 64 FX Socket F (1207 FX) (Socket L1) only
    • 56 PCI Express lanes with 12 links 16,16,8,8,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1
    • 2 x PATA, 12 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • 4 x native Gb LAN, HD Audio, 20 x USB 2.0
    • FirstPacket Technology, DualNet with Teaming, TCP/IP Acceleration
    • LinkBoost Technology. This feature was removed in Q2 2007 (perhaps because of instability problems and no performance gain).
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  1. ASUS L1N64-SLI WS

    • Specs: nForce 680a SLI. Passive-heatpipe/Passive-heatpipe. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 4@(16,16,8,8)/1*/1 supporting SLI. PATA/SATA/eSATA: 1/12/1, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, dual native Gb LAN, AD1988B 7.1 Ch. HD Audio, coaxial & optical S/PDIF outs, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: 400MHz, CPU: 1.425V, DRAM: 2.500V, Max CG: 250MHz (X-bit labs)
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com ($304.99)
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NVIDIA plans to release the nForce 700a Series (codenamed MCP72) chipset for AMD Phenom processors in January 2008. All versions of the series will support
  • HyperTransport 3.0 processor bus
  • PCI Express 2.0 interconnection supporting 2-way or 3-way SLI
  • Integrated graphics supporting Hybrid SLI
Models
  • nForce 750a SLI for enthusiasts, released on March 25, 2008
  • nForce 780a SLI for extreme SLI gamers, released on March 25, 2008
nForce 750a SLI (MCP72P) is an improved version of nForce 570 LT SLI (MCP65P) with PCI Express 2.0 and IGP added. In fact it is pin-compatible with MCP65. Actually it is identical with GeForce 8200 mGPU with SLI capability added. nForce 780a SLI is basically nForce 750a SLI with a new PCI Express switching chip nForce 200 (BR04) which can transfer 1 x PCIe x16 to 2 x PCIe x16 (2-way SLI) or 1 x PCIe x16 + 2 x PCIe x8 (3-way SLI) or 4 x PCIe x8 (4-way SLI).

Chipset
  • nForce 750a SLI (MCP72P) = GeForce 8200 mGPU (MCP78) + SLI
    • HyperTransport 3.0
    • 19 PCI Express 2.0 lanes with 4 flexible links 16,1,1,1 or 8,8,1,1
    • GeForce 8-Series-based integrated graphics
      • DirectX 10, Hybrid SLI
      • VGA, DVI, HDMI
    • 1 x PATA, 6 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, HD Audio, 12 x USB 2.0
    • FirstPacket Technology


  • nForce 780a SLI = nForce 750a SLI + nForce 200 (MCP72XE = MCP72P + BR04)
    • HyperTransport 3.0
    • EPP memory support
    • 35 PCI Express 2.0 lanes with links 16,16,1,1,1 or 16,8,8,1,1,1 supporting 3-way SLI
    • GeForce 8-Series-based integrated graphics
      • DirectX 10, Hybrid SLI
      • VGA, DVI, HDMI
    • 1 x PATA, 6 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, HD Audio, 12 x USB 2.0
    • FirstPacket Technology

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Models

Starred models are discontinued.
  • GeForce 6150 LE and nForce 430 for mainstream PC, released in May 2006?
  • GeForce 6150 and nForce 430 (*) for home theater PC, released on September 20, 2005
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 (*) for mainstream PC, released on September 20, 2005
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 410 (*) for value PC, released on September 20, 2005

  • Quadro NVS 210S and nForce 430 for business PC, released in November 2006?
  • GeForce 6150B and nForce 430 (*) for business PC, released in November 2005?

  • GeForce 6150 SE and nForce 430 for mainstream PC, released in November 2006?
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 for mainstream PC, released in Q1 2007
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 405 for value PC, released on August 3, 2006
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 400 (*) for value PC, released in Q1 2007
Chipset

C51 + MCP51
  • GeForce 6150 LE and nForce 430 (C51PVG + MCP51; C51PVG/A2 or NF-6150LE-N-A2 + NF-430-N-A2)
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 18 PCI Express lanes with 3 fixed links 16,1,1
    • GeForce 6-Series-based integrated graphics
      • 425MHz core clock, 128MB video memory
      • Vertex Shader/Pixel Shader/Texture Mapping/Render Output Units: 1/2/2/1, DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3.0
      • VGA: 1920 x 1440, DVI: 1600 x 1200, TV: 1080i
      • MPEG-2/VC-1/H.264: hw/sw/sw. Support for PureVideo
    • 2 x PATA, 4 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, HD Audio, 8 x USB 2.0
  • GeForce 6150 and nForce 430 (C51PV + MCP51; C51-PV-A2 or NF-6150-N-A2 + MCP51-(N-)A2/A3 or NF-430-(N-)A2)
    • Identical with GeForce 6150 LE and nForce 430 (C51PVG + MCP51) except for:
    • GeForce 6-Series-based integrated graphics
      • 475MHz core clock
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 (C51G + MCP51; C51-G-A2 or NF-6100-(N-)A2 + MCP51-A2 or NF-430-(N-)A2)
    • Identical with GeForce 6150 LE and nForce 430 (C51PVG + MCP51) except for:
    • GeForce 6-Series-based integrated graphics
      • No DVI, no TV
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 410 (C51G + MCP51G; C51-G-A2 or NF-6100-(N-)A2 + MCP51-G-(N-)A2/A3 or NF-410-(N-)A2/A3)
    • Identical with GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 (C51G + MCP51) except for:
    • 17 PCI Express lanes with 2 fixed links 16,1
    • 2 x SATA, RAID 0/1/JBOD
    • Native 10/100Mbps LAN

  • Quadro NVS 210S and nForce 430 (C51PVG + MCP51; QD-NVS-210S-N-A2 + NF-430-N-A2)
  • GeForce 6150B and nForce 430 (C51PV + MCP51; NF-6150B-N-A2 + NF-430-N-A2)
MCP61
  • GeForce 6150 SE and nForce 430 (MCP61P)
    • Identical with GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 (MCP61P)
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 (MCP61P; NF-6100-430-N-A2/A3)
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 18 PCI Express lanes with 3 fixed links 16,1,1
    • GeForce 6-Series-based integrated graphics
      • 425MHz core clock, 128MB video memory
      • Vertex Shader/Pixel Shader/Texture Mapping/Render Output Units: 1/2/2/1, DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3.0
      • VGA: 1920 x 1440, DVI/TV via an ADD2 card (sDVO)
      • MPEG-2/VC-1/H.264: hw/sw/sw. Support for PureVideo
    • 1 x PATA, 4 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, HD Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 405 (MCP61S; NF-6100-405-N-A2)
    • Identical with GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 (MCP61P) except for:
    • 10 PCI Express lanes with 3 fixed links 8,1,1
    • GeForce 6-Series-based integrated graphics
      • No DVI, no TV
    • 2 x SATA, RAID 0/1/JBOD
    • Native 10/100Mbps LAN, 8 x USB 2.0
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 400 (MCP61V; NF-6100-400-N-A2)
    • Identical with GeForce 6100 and nForce 405 (MCP61S) except for:
    • 2 PCI Express lanes with 2 fixed links 1,1
Remarks
  1. The difference between GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 (C51G + MCP51) and GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 (MCP61P) is that MCP61P has sDVO, only one PATA controller, but 10 USB ports.

  2. According to the benchmark tests in The Tech Report, there is not much performance difference between the dual-chipset C51PV/MCP51 and the single-chipset MCP61P. MCP61P runs slightly cooler.
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Models

Starred models are discontinued.
  • GeForce 6150 LE and nForce 430 for mainstream PC, released in May 2006?
  • GeForce 6150 and nForce 430 (*) for home theater PC, released on September 20, 2005
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 (*) for mainstream PC, released on September 20, 2005
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 410 (*) for value PC, released on September 20, 2005

  • Quadro NVS 210S and nForce 430 for business PC, released in November 2006?
  • GeForce 6150B and nForce 430 (*) for business PC, released in November 2005?

  • GeForce 6150 SE and nForce 430 for mainstream PC, released in November 2006?
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 for mainstream PC, released in Q1 2007
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 405 for value PC, released on August 3, 2006
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 400 (*) for value PC, released in Q1 2007
Chipset

C51 + MCP51
  • GeForce 6150 LE and nForce 430 (C51PVG + MCP51; C51PVG/A2 or NF-6150LE-N-A2 + NF-430-N-A2)
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 18 PCI Express lanes with 3 fixed links 16,1,1
    • GeForce 6-Series-based integrated graphics
      • 425MHz core clock, 128MB video memory
      • Vertex Shader/Pixel Shader/Texture Mapping/Render Output Units: 1/2/2/1, DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3.0
      • VGA: 1920 x 1440, DVI: 1600 x 1200, TV: 1080i
      • MPEG-2/VC-1/H.264: hw/sw/sw. Support for PureVideo
    • 2 x PATA, 4 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, HD Audio, 8 x USB 2.0
  • GeForce 6150 and nForce 430 (C51PV + MCP51; C51-PV-A2 or NF-6150-N-A2 + MCP51-(N-)A2/A3 or NF-430-(N-)A2)
    • Identical with GeForce 6150 LE and nForce 430 (C51PVG + MCP51) except for:
    • GeForce 6-Series-based integrated graphics
      • 475MHz core clock
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 (C51G + MCP51; C51-G-A2 or NF-6100-(N-)A2 + MCP51-A2 or NF-430-(N-)A2)
    • Identical with GeForce 6150 LE and nForce 430 (C51PVG + MCP51) except for:
    • GeForce 6-Series-based integrated graphics
      • No DVI, no TV
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 410 (C51G + MCP51G; C51-G-A2 or NF-6100-(N-)A2 + MCP51-G-(N-)A2/A3 or NF-410-(N-)A2/A3)
    • Identical with GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 (C51G + MCP51) except for:
    • 17 PCI Express lanes with 2 fixed links 16,1
    • 2 x SATA, RAID 0/1/JBOD
    • Native 10/100Mbps LAN

  • Quadro NVS 210S and nForce 430 (C51PVG + MCP51; QD-NVS-210S-N-A2 + NF-430-N-A2)
  • GeForce 6150B and nForce 430 (C51PV + MCP51; NF-6150B-N-A2 + NF-430-N-A2)
MCP61
  • GeForce 6150 SE and nForce 430 (MCP61P)
    • Identical with GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 (MCP61P)
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 (MCP61P; NF-6100-430-N-A2/A3)
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 18 PCI Express lanes with 3 fixed links 16,1,1
    • GeForce 6-Series-based integrated graphics
      • 425MHz core clock, 128MB video memory
      • Vertex Shader/Pixel Shader/Texture Mapping/Render Output Units: 1/2/2/1, DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3.0
      • VGA: 1920 x 1440, DVI/TV via an ADD2 card (sDVO)
      • MPEG-2/VC-1/H.264: hw/sw/sw. Support for PureVideo
    • 1 x PATA, 4 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, HD Audio, 10 x USB 2.0
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 405 (MCP61S; NF-6100-405-N-A2)
    • Identical with GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 (MCP61P) except for:
    • 10 PCI Express lanes with 3 fixed links 8,1,1
    • GeForce 6-Series-based integrated graphics
      • No DVI, no TV
    • 2 x SATA, RAID 0/1/JBOD
    • Native 10/100Mbps LAN, 8 x USB 2.0
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 400 (MCP61V; NF-6100-400-N-A2)
    • Identical with GeForce 6100 and nForce 405 (MCP61S) except for:
    • 2 PCI Express lanes with 2 fixed links 1,1
Remarks
  1. The difference between GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 (C51G + MCP51) and GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 (MCP61P) is that MCP61P has sDVO, only one PATA controller, but 10 USB ports.

  2. According to the benchmark tests in The Tech Report, there is not much performance difference between the dual-chipset C51PV/MCP51 and the single-chipset MCP61P. MCP61P runs slightly cooler.
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Models
  • GeForce 7050 PV and nForce 630a for home theater PC, released on May 7, 2007
  • GeForce 7050 PVNT and nForce 630a for home theater PC, released on May 7, 2007
  • GeForce 7025 and nForce 630a for mainstream PC, released on May 7, 2007
Chipset
  • GeForce 7050 PV and nForce 630a (MCP68PV; NF-7050SE-630A-A1/A2)
    • HT 1000MHz
    • 19 PCI Express lanes with 3 fixed links 16,1,1,1
    • GeForce 7-Series-based integrated graphics
      • 425MHz core clock, 256MB video memory
      • Vertex Shader/Pixel Shader/Texture Mapping/Render Output Units: 1/2/2/1, DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3.0
      • VGA: 1920 x 1440, DVI: 1600 x 1200, HDMI: 1080p, TV: 1080i
      • MPEG-2/VC-1/H.264: hw/hw/hw. Support for PureVideo
    • 1 x PATA, 4 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, HD Audio, 12 x USB 2.0
  • GeForce 7050 PVNT and nForce 630a (MCP68PVNT; NF-7050-630A-A1/A2)
    • Identical with GeForce 7050 PV and nForce 630a except for:
    • GeForce 7-Series-based integrated graphics
      • no TV

  • GeForce 7025 and nForce 630a (MCP68S; NF-7025-630A-A2)
    • Identical with GeForce 7050 PV and nForce 630a except for:
    • GeForce 7-Series-based integrated graphics
      • No HDMI, no TV
    • 10 x USB 2.0
The Current NVIDIA IGP Chipsets

Many GeForce 6-Series and nForce4 MCP chipsets retired and now GeForce 7-Series GPU and nForce 6-Series MCP chipsets were released. The current NVIDIA IGP lineup are:
  • GeForce 7050 PV/PVNT and nForce 630a (MCP68PV/PVNT) for home theater PC
  • GeForce 7025 and nForce 630a (MCP68S) for best-in-class mainstream PC
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 430 (MCP61P) for mainstream PC
  • GeForce 6100 and nForce 405 (MCP61S) for value PC
  • Quadro NVS 210S and nForce 430 (C51PVG + MCP51) for business PC
The difference between MCP68S and MCP61P, apart from MCP68's better graphics core, is that MCP68S comes with DVI out, an extra PCI Express lane and 2 more USB 2.0 ports.

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    • Specs: MCP68PV. Passive. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI (via a bundled HDMI-to-DVI adapter cable), 1 x HDMI. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1*/2. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, optical S/PDIF out, IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: , CPU: yes, DRAM: yes, Max CG: 250MHz
    • Reviews: Overclockers Club, PinoyPC, XSReviews
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $89.99
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    • Specs: MCP68S. Passive. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1*/2. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, optical S/PDIF out, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: , CPU: , DRAM: , Max CG:
    • Availability: Yes. Newegg.com: $86.99

  2. abit A-N68SV (Global site) or abit A-N68SV (USA site)

    • Specs: MCP68S. Passive. 2 DIMMs, 4GB max. 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI. PCIe x16/PCIe x1/PCI: 1/1*/2. PATA/SATA: 1/4, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, 10/100Mbps LAN, 5.1 Ch. HD Audio, no S/PDIF, no IEEE 1394
    • BIOS: CG: , CPU: , DRAM: , Max CG:
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  • HyperTransport 3.0 processor bus
  • PCI Express 2.0 interconnection
  • Integrated graphics supporting
    • Hybrid SLI
    • PureVideo HD Gen 3
Models
  • GeForce 8200 mGPU (MCP78S) for value users, to be released on January 28, 2008
  • GeForce 8300 mGPU (MCP78U) for mainstream users, to be released in February 2008

  • nForce 730a (MCP78H) for value users, to be released on January 28, 2008
  • nForce 720a (MCP78D) for value users, to be released in February 2008
nForce 730a still has integrated graphics supporting Hybrid SLI, but no external display port and no PureVideo HD support. nForce 720a lacks integrated graphics.

Chipset
  • GeForce 8200 mGPU (MCP78S)
    • HyperTransport 3.0
    • 19 PCI Express 2.0 lanes with fixed 4 links 16,1,1,1
    • GeForce 8-Series-based integrated graphics
      • DirectX 10, Hybrid SLI
      • VGA, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, TV
      • PureVideo HD Gen 3
    • 1 x PATA, 6 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, HD Audio, 12 x USB 2.0
    • FirstPacket Technology
    • TDP 14.3W


  • GeForce 8300 mGPU (MCP78U)
    • Identical with MCP78S except for higher graphics core

  • nForce 730a (MCP78H)
    • HyperTransport 3.0
    • 19 PCI Express 2.0 lanes with fixed 4 links 16,1,1,1
    • GeForce 8-Series-based integrated graphics
      • DirectX 10, Hybrid SLI
      • No display port, No PureVideo HD
    • 1 x PATA, 6 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, HD Audio, 12 x USB 2.0
    • FirstPacket Technology
  • nForce 720a (MCP78D)
    • HyperTransport 3.0
    • 19 PCI Express 2.0 lanes with fixed 4 links 16,1,1,1
    • No integrated graphics
    • 1 x PATA, 6 x SATA at 3.0Gbps, RAID 0/1/01/5/JBOD, NCQ, Hot-Plug
    • Native Gb LAN, HD Audio, 12 x USB 2.0
    • FirstPacket Technology
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