First nForce2 Motherboard Announced

[[Epox nForce2]]

Just a few days after the official nVidia announcement regarding the release of nForce 2, Epox have released details of their EP-8RGA+, which supports XP processors, and will include the nForce 2 features. Some of these features are an integrated Geforce 4MX, USB 2.0 and Firewire support, and dual LAN support. According to Epox their offering includes three memory slots for up to 3GB's of DDR 400 memory using the dual DDR channels, six PCI slots, a smart card interface, Dolby Digital 5.1, interactive content audio and UDMA ATA 133.

Epox said it comes with 3Com dial LAN and Nvidia Ethernet controllers, and is build for overclocking, using the Magic Health function on board. Epox also claimed that more boards carrying nForce 2 will soon be announced.

[[What is nForce 2?]]

Designed for PCs and motherboards using AMD Athlon XP and Duron processors, NVIDIA nForce2 Platform Processors utilize HyperTransport, a high-speed data bus, for internal platform communications, and deliver the highest level of PC performance due to special NVIDIA-engineered memory optimizations and other system level innovations traditionally found only at the CPU level.

NVIDIA is an extremely valuable partner to AMD, and an example of our shared commitment to customer-centric innovation, said Hector Ruiz, president and CEO of AMD. The new nForce2 family is a perfect example, providing computer manufacturers with the flexibility to address multiple market segments and price points. For users, the nForce2 product family works with AMD Athlon XP processors to deliver an excellent combination of performance, connectivity and stability.

NVIDIA's family of nForce2 Platform Processors consists of the nForce2 System Platform Processor (SPP) and the nForce2 Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP), each of which are paired with the nForce2 Media and Communications Processor (MCP). Together, the NVIDIA nForce2 Platform Processors deliver the following key features and functionality:

Performance
Targeted at the system builder, channel and OEM manufacturers who require a discrete platform solution, NVIDIA nForce2 SPP Platform Processors offer blistering platform performance without integrated graphics. The nForce2 SPP Platform Processors feature the industry's only dual DDR400 memory subsystem, providing more than two times the raw system bandwidth over competitive solutions. NVIDIA has engineered the memory subsystem to take advantage of the increased speed of DDR400 memory modules while reducing overall memory access latency, resulting in the fastest and most stable AMD-based PC environment ever. In addition, the SPP incorporates other system level innovations that speeds up CPU processing and intelligently fetches and caches data and other information before they are needed, substantially boosting overall system performance. For add-in graphics capability, the nForce2 SPP features an AGP 8X expansion slot, the fastest internal graphics connection available today.

NVIDIA's nForce2 Platform Processors form the foundation for the fastest PCs ever designed, said Jeans Huang, Senior Vice President of R&D at MSI. NVIDIA's unique system level innovations, including onboard, intelligent, look-ahead caches, and dedicated circuits to drive three DIMMS running DDR400 at full speed are light years ahead of other core-logic designs. Quite simply, PCs and motherboards featuring the power of the nForce2 Platform Processors will outpace everything else in the market by a large margin.

Graphics
In addition to the memory and performance features designed into the nForce2 SPP, the nForce2 IGP also integrates a GeForce4 MX graphics core-the industry's fastest integrated graphics solution. With performance nearly four times that of the closest competitor, the nForce2 IGP also delivers unparalleled visual quality through NVIDIA's Accuview Antialiasing Engine; a Video Processing Engine (VPE) for MPEG2 and DVD decoding; a TV encoder; and an HDTV processor for high-definition viewing. The nForce2 IGP also incorporates NVIDIA nView technology, marking the first time that support for multi-monitor configurations-including any combination of CRTs, flat panels or TVs-has been integrated directly into the platform core-logic-high-end features normally associated with costly add-in cards. For graphics expandability, the nForce2 IGP Platform Processor also features an AGP 8X expansion slot, the fastest internal graphics connection available today.

Nothing comes close to the raw performance of the integrated GeForce4 MX graphics core, said Mr. Simon Ho, Chairman at Chaintech. The nForce2 IGP with GeForce4 MX graphics outguns every other integrated graphics solution available today, and with the addition of innovative features such as full-scene antialiasing and the ability to drive two independent displays, it's clear that the nForce2 is in a class all by itself.

Connectivity
With DualNet, the industry's only dual networking architecture to support simultaneous local-area network (LAN) and wide-area network (WAN) connections; support for up to six high-speed USB 2.0 and three FireWire (IEEE1394a) ports; and the world's only integrated Audio Processing Unit (APU) and real-time Dolby Digital encoder, the nForce2 MCP Platform Processors are the heart and soul of the Digital Media Gateway, providing the ultimate in audio, networking and digital connectivity. And, to address the needs of its corporate customers, NVIDIA has integrated a networking controller licensed from a trusted name in Fortune 500 companies-3Com. The addition of the 3Com networking controller ensures corporations and IT departments of software and hardware compatibility with nForce2-based motherboards and PCs, and delivers the reliability and manageability they expect.

NVIDIA SoundStorm
In addition to unveiling its family of nForce2 Platform Processors, NVIDIA also announced NVIDIA SoundStorm, a new audio product aimed at redefining the baseline of PC audio offered as part of an integrated desktop PC platform. PC OEMs and motherboards manufacturers looking to exploit the full functionality of the nForce2 MCP Platform Processor's integrated Audio Processing Unit, six channel analog audio-out, and S/PDIF-out for true Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, will be qualified to use the NVIDIA SoundStorm logo and brand on various marketing collateral and activities, including product marketing materials, box packaging and advertisements.

The AMD desktop PC market represents a huge growth opportunity for NVIDIA, with over 30 million processors already shipped, said Gerry Kaufhold, Principal Analyst at In-Stat/MDR, a market research firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona. NVIDIA's major OEM design wins with their original nForce products set the stage of nForce2, which integrates communications, networking, audio, and, or course, world class graphics, into Platform Processors capable of bringing high-end features into the much larger, mainstream, price range. Personally, I'm looking forward to buying an nForce2-based system, so I can use the built-in dual monitor support in my work, without sacrificing my network connectivity. NVIDIA is about to change the motherboard industry.

The NVIDIA nForce2 Platform Processors are currently sampling to NVIDIA's extensive list of motherboard and system builder partners, including: Abit, ABS, Alienware, Aopen, ASUSTeK, Atlas Micro, Chaintech, Epox, HyperSonic, Leadtech, MSI, Shuttle Computer, Soltec, Totally Awesome, and Vicious PC. Production of nForce2 Platform Processors is slated for late August. Retail products based on the nForce2 Platform Processors will be available in September.

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First nForce2 Motherboard Announced

Just great, finally a motherboard that will produce so much heat that you can cook an egg on it. This may look like a dream system but its a dream system that is sis based so it will be hot enough that you can throw away the microwave and use it to cook your food. :)

First nForce2 Motherboard Announced

Hot it may be but power it is also. Heat and power go hand in hand but heat can be controlled with a descent case, fan(s) and not trying to OC it by a few hundred Mhz.Try running a PIII 650 @ 850Mhz with no extra cooling. ended up like a Liquorice all-sort =)

First nForce2 Motherboard Announced

Nice! I like the idea.An all-in-one computer that plays TV/DVD/VHS, has the best graphics around, and it has a little slot that lets you make pizza right in the case! Now that is what I call something that will never make you never want to leave except for sleep.

First nForce2 Motherboard Announced

heat.. who gives a crap about heat. as long as it has power. heat is only a topic used by intel lovers because thats the only thing better about their cpus.the MX is there because its quick. in a new game with the graphics on full the titanium will kick it but compare them in office XP and i reckon the MX will beat the titanium.. plus could u imagine a ti4600 onboard. lol it would stick out further than cpu fan+heatsincheheI dont see the point of advertising the 8x agp if u cannot use it so I'd say there is a free agp slot on the board.I hope they are not like thousand bucks though cuz i want to get one of these boards :)

First nForce2 Motherboard Announced

Have any of you ever seen how much heat a silicon integrated sytem also known as sis? First of all unlike most other motherboards, the hardware is soddered directly to the motherboard so any heat that comes from any connected hardware like the video card goes directly to the motherboard so if you overclock you run the risk of damageing your motherboard instead of just your video card. If you think thats bad enough it gets even worse. Sis based systems also use a priority system to control which hardware is recognized and which isnt so likely if you try to install other devices you will find less then stellar preformance especially if you install an additional video card when you get tired of your current video card. As for software, sis drivers are barely recognized by any version of windows including xp though if they do solve that problem you still will be stuck with crappy xp which im sure anyone will tell you just plain sux but the real shock comes when you try to play games that look for specific drivers. You will sadly find that your system isnt supported unless you have a special patch which probably wont be available for a while so if you plan to play new games like doom3 or old games its likely your gonna have to wait a long while. Sure this system likes nice and powerful but like some early operating systems, it sometimes has more bugs than advantages. Oh and DoubleD i agree with your assement of my idea. It would be nice to have a computer that can also serve as a microwave. In fact if they could take the heat from the motherboard and use it to cook food i sure as hell would buy it but until then only time can tell.

First nForce2 Motherboard Announced

Alright guys I need some advice on this one. Here are my current computer specs:AMD 1.3 Thundebird768mb SDRAMGeForce Ti 4600Creative Labs Extigy-That suits me fine, but in 2003 or near the end of 2002, I wish to upgrade my motherboard which is a big task in itself. I have a Compaq by the way, and the motherboard, well I checked and all I know is its "Compaq made" (whatever) anyways, I wish to get a motherboard but, I dont know if I should just get an ASUS with the 3.0ghz Pentium 4/2gb RDRAM that will be released at the end of the year or get this NForce 2 with 3gb DualDDR (yum) and either P4 3.0, or fastest AMD... any suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated!

First nForce2 Motherboard Announced

only stupid morons say taht amd sucks. an amd 1.2ghz out beets a p4 1.7 ghz. My cpu (amd) is way Better then my freinds p4. (we have everything the same, xcept the prosessor. Xp 2100 (1.8) and a geforce 4 ti 4600 (my others freinds cpu) beets the newest p4 2.6 with a geforce 4 ti 4600)cannot wait to get this, and slide in a nv30 when it come sout =D

First nForce2 Motherboard Announced

Once upon a time I had 2 computer systems, one an Intel PII (400 MHz) on a Tabor2 motherboard with a 3dfx Voodoo Banshee (which I just replaced with a GeForce 2), 384MB RAM (it gets pretty hot) - the other an AMD K6 (350 MHz) on an EPoX board (don't remember model no.)with an STB Video Card (don't remember which card it was) and 256 MB RAM (it didn't get as hot as my Intel system). I wish i had kept the AMD because I never had any problems with Windows and everything seemed to process faster than it did on the Intel system... Games ran better than they did on the Intel system... The whole AMD system just ran better than the Intel system.So, to anyone who has already purchased this board... how hot does it really get?To anyone who has already purchased the ATI Raedon 9700 Pro... how hot does it really get?To anyone who has both the EPoX motherboard and the 9700 video card... how many cooling fans do you have in your chassis and how many watts is your PSU?But most of all, to someone who has one, the other, or both... how do you feel about the way the product functions?My idea is EPoX 8RGA+, AMD Athlon XP 2200+, ATI Raedon 9700 Pro (I want the 256MB memory--the memory means more than a lot of the other stuff when it comes down to performance), 1024MB RAM (to start with), 400W PSU, and an extra cooling fan or two for the Raedon (It does run hot, and even has it's own power connector!)... and to top it off, Windows XP Professional.Then perhaps I will be good for the next 5 years.

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