Thursday, October 16th 2008

Galaxy Ready with nForce 740i SLI Motherboards, Integrated 9400 GT and SLI on Offer

Picture this: DDR2 and DDR3 memory, Integrated GeForce 9400 GT graphics, and SLI, all rolled into one. Galaxy has announced such a motherboard, that utilises a special variant of the NVIDIA MCP7A core logic, the MCP7A-D SLI. Galaxy is ready with its fleet of MCP7A-series motherboards. It has released three models based on this chipset, two of which, offer integrated graphics and SLI. When in SLI mode, 16 PCI-Express lanes are split into dual x8 lanes for both the graphics cards.

There is an upscale version that sports 100% sold capacitor design, and 8-channel audio and DVI + D-Sub output, while a lite version sports solid capacitors on the VRM area, and 6-channel audio. Both motherboards sport active cooling for the chipset, with a fan blowing air on the horizontal plane of the cooler. Both motherboards provide an HDMI port, support DDR2 and DDR3 memory, support Hybrid SLI and GeForce Boost technologies, and provides as many as eight SATA II ports on board. There is a third m-ATX board, that is an entry-level offering. It uses the MCP7A-S core, nForce 730i chipset and embeds a GeForce 9300-class IGP. It supports DDR2 memory, and provides six SATA II ports on board. Galaxy is yet to announce pricing and release dates.

Source: Expreview
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8 Comments on Galaxy Ready with nForce 740i SLI Motherboards, Integrated 9400 GT and SLI on Offer

#1
[I.R.A]_FBi
this seems more useful than that "mother" of a board xfx did
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: [I.R.A]_FBi
this seems more useful than that "mother" of a board xfx did
Indeed. It gives you everything that board did, plus DDR3 support and a 'free' 9400 GT.
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#3
kid41212003
I'm wondering why the 750i only have 4 sata ports, but 740i and 730i both have 6 sata ports.
NVIDIA is going nut...
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: kid41212003
I'm wondering why the 750i only have 4 sata ports, but 740i and 730i both have 6 sata ports.
NVIDIA is going nut...
750i is much older. Its southbridge MCP only supported 4 ports. It's something like saying 740i supports DDR3 while 780i doesn't.
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#5
Mussels
Moderprator
and just a few news items ago, i was asking for a unique, original board.

TPU delivers!

SLI + 9400GT (fastest onboard to date?)
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#6
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
I believe the 750i is a cut down 780i, while the 740i and 730i are cut down from the 790i.

Either way, I doubt the 740i will overclock as well as the 750i will, that is pretty much the only thing the 750i has goind for it.

I would like to see a mATX 740i board personally. It would be great for LAN rigs.
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#7
warup89
the layout of the board kinda sucks, your gonna end up stretching cables and what not.
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#8
OnBoard
Not bad at all, but if there was a motherboard in need for heatpipes and copper everywhere, this would be it. I'd rather see the NB passive, that tiny fan doesn't fill me with confidence :) Well it does keep the cost down a bit and Noctua NC-U6 would do the job passively if needed.
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