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nForce 650i SLI and 680i SLI for Intel

Because of FSB issues surrounding the nForce 5 series for Intel, Nvidia have gone back and revised the boards. I’m not entirely sure what’s changed here, perhaps someone can comment on this and tell me whats going on? NVIDIA’s new nForce 650i SLI and 680i SLI aren’t exactly new per se but rather a quasi-re-branding of the previously released nForce 570 SLI and 590 SLI Intel Editions. The new nForce 650i SLI SPP pairs with an nForce 430 SLI MCP to provide a total of 29 PCI Express lanes. In SLI mode the nForce 650i SLI delivers two half-speed PCI Express x16 slots. NVIDIA’s nForce 680i SLI is essentially a revised nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition. Manufacturers were reluctant to adopt the nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition due to front-side bus scaling issues. Nevertheless the C55 nForce 680i SLI is paired with the nForce 590 SLI MCP a total of 48 PCI Express lanes. As with the nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition, the nForce 680i SLI supports two full-speed PCI Express x16 slots. The C55 are essentially C19 chips with updated memory controllers.

Latest AMD roadmap and 4×4

AMD’s Sept 20006 roadmap AMD’s latest roadmap shows a few additions starting in Q4’06. First off, AMD’s 4×4 platform is arriving in November on socket F no less, not AM2. Those tasty new FX processors, the FX-70 (2.6GHz), FX-72 (2.8GHz), and FX-74 (3.0GHz), are all socket F based only. Still no word on processor support for 4×4 motherboard, but if it’s only the FX series it’s going to be an ultra expensive endeavour. Moving to the mainstream socket AM2, Q4’06 brings three new X2’s to the table. In the 5600+ (2.8 GHz) and 6000+ (3.0 GHz) we finally?see 2x1MB L2 cache chips for AM2, and it’s about bloody time. The 5400+ is clocked identically to the 5600+ but only has 2x512KB L2 cache. There are a few 65nm processors due in Q1’07, so jump on over to dailytech for more details.

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