Friday, March 27th 2009

NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI Reference Platform Motherboard Pictured

Pursuing legal action against Intel for bringing its Intel-compatible platform development to a grinding halt due to legal complications, NVIDIA has kept its platform development for AMD on track. The company has made the nForce 980a SLI platform official, that supports the latest Phenom II series processors from AMD. The company published the product page on its website, and has pictured its reference design motherboard based on the chipset. The motherboard carries the "designed by NVIDIA" marking, which makes it a design that several of its AIC partners such as EVGA, XFX, Zotac, etc., can use simultaneously.

The motherboard sports the nForce 980a SLI chipset, paired with the nForce 200 PCI-Express bridge chip. The motherboard features a GeForce 8300-class IGP, with DVI-D and D-Sub outputs. It supports NVIDIA 3-way SLI and Quad-SLI. As an AMD platform, the chipset supports AM2, AM2+ and AM3 socket processors, with DDR3 and DDR2 memory support (depending on the processor). A 5-phase digital PWM circuit powers the processor. The nForce 980a SLI and nForce 200 chips are located adjacent to each other, and are cooled actively by a fan-heatsink. The product design looks production-grade and may attract partners to sell it.
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85 Comments on NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI Reference Platform Motherboard Pictured

#1
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
woot my new mobo
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#2
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Many Thanks to Castiel for sending this in.
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#3
Darknova
Digital PWMs instead of MOSFETs? Now that is interesting, better have good cooling on those.
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#4
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
that chipset cooler is in a PITA spot if you wand to do any upgrading
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#5
KBD
yay! finally some AM3 competition for the ATI chipsets. Though 980a sounds weird should've been 790a or something. I wonder whats gonna happen when they make the 900 series chipsets and 980a name is already taken up?
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#6
Castiel
I can't wait for this. Finally a Nvidia board!

Thanks Btarunr
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#7
BackSlash
Interesting, I just want to see how this perform agains 790FX/750 :) and what about temps
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#8
LittleLizard
wonder why they dont use all solid cap design as most manufacturers. also the chipset cooling sucks so hard :shadedshu
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#9
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
Should rock for those AMD people, looks like a 780i board.
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#10
btarunr
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by: CDdude55
Should rock for those AMD people, looks like a 780i board.
It is essentially identical to 780a SLI, except for that it is qualified to support AM3, DDR3.
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#11
mlee49
Holy crap thats a hell of a board! :eek:



by: Castiel
I can't wait for this. Finally a Nvidia board!

Thanks Btarunr
Thanks for submitting this!
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#12
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: LittleLizard
wonder why they dont use all solid cap design as most manufacturers. also the chipset cooling sucks so hard :shadedshu
it looks like a cheapy XFX tbh bet thats why its not so fancy looking the EVGA and Asus version will be much better and i want to see a crosshair III :eek:
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#13
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: cdawall
it looks like a cheapy XFX tbh bet thats why its not so fancy looking the EVGA and Asus version will be much better and i want to see a crosshair III :eek:
Logical naming (for the 980a AM3 board) would be Crosshair II Extreme, but you never know.
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#14
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: btarunr
Logical naming (for the 980a AM3 board) would be Crosshair II Extreme, but you never know.
nah i want it to say crosshair III
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#15
Baam
Nice to see more options for Phenom II.
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#16
ShadowFold
I actually might want one if they make a Crosshair III. I don't need crossfire or anything :)
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#17
Blacksniper87
looks pretty sweet though don't nvidia chipsets have some issues??
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#18

Lack of SSC's? Made up for in looks mind - damn sexy board.
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#19
ShadowFold
by: Blacksniper87
looks pretty sweet though don't nvidia chipsets have some issues??
No, cdawall had his 945 at 3.9ghz on a 780a, I don't think these are gonna be bad at all ;)
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#20
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: ShadowFold
No, cdawall had his 945 at 3.9ghz on a 780a, I don't think these are gonna be bad at all ;)
*cough*4.9ghz*cough*


by: Blacksniper87
looks pretty sweet though don't nvidia chipsets have some issues??
never once had an issue with mine
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#21
denice25
sounds very interesting.. thanks for this post!
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#22
Weer
Why is everyone worked up about a motherboard that doesn't support Core i7?
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#23
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
why be excited about i7 boards they are all the same board with the pci-e slots moved around
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#24
p_o_s_pc
F@H&WCG addict
looks sweet. can't wait for it to come out
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#25
Weer
by: cdawall
why be excited about i7 boards they are all the same board with the pci-e slots moved around
So how is this any different?
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