Friday, October 24th 2008

NVIDIA Readying AM3 Supporting Motherboards

Expreview have reported that NVIDIA are sending out samples to its partners for new AM3 supporting motherboards, containing the MCP85 chipset. The IGP will be based around the GeForce 8100/8200/8300, and the new chip is basically the same as the MCP78 which it is superseding, with the exception of the added AM3 support. There are two variants of motherboard using the new chipset and though the specifications appear the same, it is reported that there will be a difference in clock speeds and PureVideo version. It is expected for the new boards to hit retail in Q1 2009.

Source: Expreview
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15 Comments on NVIDIA Readying AM3 Supporting Motherboards

#2
PCpraiser100
I don't really trust Expreview much but they look like good motherboards. I don't know if I should get one yet cause with all the hype about DDR3 this and that I'm a little worried if we might need to ditch DDR2 soon. On the other hand, I think I like AMD chipset motherboards better cause they really seem to expand the Phenom's overclocking capabilities with the new SB750 southbridge chip.
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#3
ShadowFold
AMD needs to announce some AM3 boards already. I am supriesed NV got them first.
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#4
suraswami
by: ShadowFold
AMD needs to announce some AM3 boards already. I am supriesed NV got them first.
atleast somebody is willing to work with AMD:p
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mdm-adph
by: PCpraiser100
On the other hand, I think I like AMD chipset motherboards better cause they really seem to expand the Phenom's overclocking capabilities with the new SB750 southbridge chip.
Well, these nvidia boards are supposed to have the ACC mode that made the SB750 so good, so they'll probably overclock quite well, too. :D
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#6
KBD
the 8000 series IGPs are already available for AMD, i understand that these are replacements for those series but i was expecting to see the 9000 series IGPs for AMD like the ones that came out for Intel just now. Also, any word on 800 series chipsets for AM3?
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#7
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
these look like entry level boards they only have 1 pci-e 16x slot
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KBD
by: cdawall
these look like entry level boards they only have 1 pci-e 16x slot
right, hopefully will be seeing some 2 PCIe & 3 PCIe 16x ATX boards soon. BTW, these don't even support HT 3.1, which is supposed to be the AM3 standard.
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PCpraiser100
by: KBD
these don't even support HT 3.1
Not exactly, I contacted the company of that technology and they said that they will be compatible with all motherboards possessing HT 3.0 technology. They will only release the technology if HT 3.0 bottlenecks the processor's bandwidth capabilities, therefore both AMD and us are saving money this way. So far, the only way HT 3.0 bottlenecks is if you use dry ice on your Phenom. As for the Deneb platform, that could change.
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#10
eidairaman1
this is their only crutch in the chipset field, because SLI is now on Intel chipsets.
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KBD
by: eidairaman1
this is their only crutch in the chipset field, because SLI is now on Intel chipsets.
I wouldn't say that. They can still make chipsets for Intel platforms and try do their best to match their performance, who knows they may succeed. Some 700 series nvidia boards were very good overcklockers matching some of the Intel boards. Plus there are a number of people that will still buye boards based on their chipset even though some Intel boards do have SLI. And lets not forget AMD, they offer competition and SLI to that platform as well.
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#12
eidairaman1
well during the time that SLI and Crossfire Came out, i was thinking that both techs will become universal, meaning the the Multi Video card capability cant be their selling point like it has been for the last 3-4 years.
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Wile E
Power User
by: PCpraiser100
Not exactly, I contacted the company of that technology and they said that they will be compatible with all motherboards possessing HT 3.0 technology. They will only release the technology if HT 3.0 bottlenecks the processor's bandwidth capabilities, therefore both AMD and us are saving money this way. So far, the only way HT 3.0 bottlenecks is if you use dry ice on your Phenom. As for the Deneb platform, that could change.
Not even LN2 or DCIE runs will bottleneck HT3.0 on a single socket board. The only thing that could hope to bottleneck HT3.0 is a multi-socketed server.
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#14
largon
by: ShadowFold
AMD needs to announce some AM3 boards already. I am supriesed NV got them first.
What nV AM3 boards?
These are not "AM3 chipsets" either.
Chipsets have nothing to do with CPU support for AMD platforms, even nF3 that was used commonly on S754 boards would work with an AM3 socketed CPU. First AM3 boards will have 790FX and nF 780a chipsets.
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btarunr
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by: eidairaman1
this is their only crutch in the chipset field, because SLI is now on Intel chipsets.
The way I see it, NV seems to have found a new love for budget chipsets with IGP, although they've been making IGP chipsets for ages now. It quantitatively sells more, cheaper to make, sell, etc.

http://www.dailytech.com/NVIDIA+Grabs+for+30+of+Integrated+Graphics+Market/article13275.htm

^30% may seem a small figure, but it translates into huge profits for NV. If they're able to compete hard with Intel chipsets where it matters the most (cheap IGP chipsets), they wouldn't need another penny selling high-end chipsets. Motherboard vendors have to pay US $5 to NVIDIA for each "Intel chipset + SLI" board they sell.
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