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NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI Reference Platform Motherboard Pictured

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  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    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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  2. cdawall where the hell are my stars

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    woot my new mobo
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    Many Thanks to Castiel for sending this in.
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    Digital PWMs instead of MOSFETs? Now that is interesting, better have good cooling on those.
  5. cdawall where the hell are my stars

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    that chipset cooler is in a PITA spot if you wand to do any upgrading
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    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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    I can't wait for this. Finally a Nvidia board!

    Thanks Btarunr
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    Interesting, I just want to see how this perform agains 790FX/750 :) and what about temps
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    wonder why they dont use all solid cap design as most manufacturers. also the chipset cooling sucks so hard :shadedshu
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    CDdude55 Crazy 4 TPU!!!

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    Should rock for those AMD people, looks like a 780i board.
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    It is essentially identical to 780a SLI, except for that it is qualified to support AM3, DDR3.
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    Holy crap thats a hell of a board! :eek:



    Thanks for submitting this!
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    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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    Logical naming (for the 980a AM3 board) would be Crosshair II Extreme, but you never know.
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    nah i want it to say crosshair III
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    Nice to see more options for Phenom II.
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    I actually might want one if they make a Crosshair III. I don't need crossfire or anything :)
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    looks pretty sweet though don't nvidia chipsets have some issues??
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    Lack of SSC's? Made up for in looks mind - damn sexy board.
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    No, cdawall had his 945 at 3.9ghz on a 780a, I don't think these are gonna be bad at all ;)
  21. cdawall where the hell are my stars

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    *cough*4.9ghz*cough*


    never once had an issue with mine
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    sounds very interesting.. thanks for this post!
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    Why is everyone worked up about a motherboard that doesn't support Core i7?
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    why be excited about i7 boards they are all the same board with the pci-e slots moved around
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    looks sweet. can't wait for it to come out
    Crunching for Team TPU

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