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Opteron revision F gets a platform

NVIDIA has officially announced its nForce Professional 3000 series of server and workstation chipsets in time for AMD’s revision F Opteron launch. Three nForce Professional 3000 series are available—the 3400, 3600 and 3050.

The nForce Pro 3400 is an entry level part designed for 1P Opteron 12xx servers and workstations. It offers 28 PCI Express lanes with six links in a fixed configuration. NVIDIA’s nForce Pro 3600 is similar to the 3400 in terms of PCI Express lanes and links; however the nForce Pro 3600 can be coupled with the nForce Pro 3050 for more expansion. The nForce Pro 3600 and 3050 combination form NVIDIA’s high end server and workstation platform. It offers 56 PCI Express lanes with 12 links in a flexible configuration.

All nForce Pro 3000 series chipsets support NVIDIA’s SLI technology with NVIDIA Quadro and GeForce graphics cards. Six SATA II ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 and NVIDIA’s MediaShield storage technology are available on nForce Pro 3400 and 3600. NForce 3600 and 3050 combinations double the amount of supported SATA II ports to 12.  Native Gigabit Ethernet is supported on all nForce 3000 series chipsets; though the 3400 and 3600 have two Ethernet MACs while the 3600 and 3050 combination support four Ethernet Macs. TCP/IP acceleration, load balancing/failover and remote management is supported on all nForce Pro 3000 series chipsets. All nForce Pro 3000 series have ten USB ports and five PCI slots too.

NVIDIA nForce Professional 3000 series motherboards should be arriving soon. DailyTech previously spotted nForce Professional 3000 series motherboards at Computex 2006.

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By Spyvie on 8/15/2006 5:31:36 PM , Rating: 2
I guess ATi isn't a competitor anymore, just another pat of AMD...

By PT2006 on 8/15/2006 5:34:41 PM , Rating: 1
Please, its ATI and NVIDIA, not ATi and nVidia.

By Nelsieus on 8/15/2006 5:46:42 PM , Rating: 1
Please, its is it's, and ATi and nVidia *is* the proper way to spell them, signified by their logos (well, you could argue about nVidia's now with the logo change, but that would be a tight bet).

By PT2006 on 8/15/2006 6:00:44 PM , Rating: 1
Actually, you're wrong. ATI changed its trademark from ATi to ATI in like 2000. NVIDIA changed their trademark from nVidia to nVIDIA and then later to NVIDIA in 2001. You could run a TESS search and see for yourself. There were even press releases announcing the trademark changes.

But just step back for a minute and find me a single NVIDIA or ATI sanctioned press release spelling it your way?

By PT2006 on 8/15/2006 6:34:38 PM , Rating: 2
When everyone is running around with their 3R33tsp3ak it makes us all look like a bunch of kids. If people kept spelling my name as p3TeR tHORton I'd get annoyed real fast too.

By Spyvie on 8/15/2006 6:20:40 PM , Rating: 2
The lowercase "i" was a typo, but thanks for pointing it out ...very helpful.

By retrospooty on 8/15/2006 6:26:29 PM , Rating: 1
Thank you for your valid insight into proper punctuation and capitolization. Try not being such a tool, and stick to the issue, and not point out the effects of typing too fast.

Anyhow, Nvidia had this under development long before the merger. Prolly another product in the cycle for the next round as well. I hope they are allowed to continue. ATI could possibly still make Intel chipsets as well.

In business, your allies are sometimes simultaneously your competiton and your competition is sometimes simultaneously your ally.

By EarthsDM on 8/15/2006 10:31:39 PM , Rating: 1
I don't know. I was spelling nVIDIA as nVidia for as long as I can remember and I've been wondering about it. That said, everyone is guilty of starting at least one flame war. Is that spelled flamewar?

By mino on 8/16/2006 2:28:10 PM , Rating: 2
Well, those kids just don't remember those GTS times ... ;(

Intel, are you listening?
By ProviaFan on 8/15/2006 5:08:23 PM , Rating: 2
Fifty-six PCI Express lanes in a flexible configuration is what I like to see. So far, in terms of PCI-E and Woodcrest, Apple has come the closest to "getting it right." However, I'd still like to see a legacy PCI slot or two, and for that reason the Mac Pro isn't perfect (though I'd still buy one if I could afford it). Competition is always good, and this looks quite competitive in the I/O area to me.

RE: Intel, are you listening?
By defter on 8/16/2006 4:45:52 AM , Rating: 2
So far, in terms of PCI-E and Woodcrest, Apple has come the closest to "getting it right."

Care to elaborate? Apple's system is using Intel's ordinary Woodcrest chipset and has as much PCI-E lanes as other systems.

RE: Intel, are you listening?
By ProviaFan on 8/16/2006 8:33:36 AM , Rating: 2
They have four physical x16 slots with flexible bandwidth configurations. The most I've seen on any AMD Opteron board so far has been two x16 slots (albeit both with 16 lanes), which is nice for SLI, but wasteful for anything else (what if I want a graphics card and two PCIe x8 disk adapters?).

RE: Intel, are you listening?
By defter on 8/16/2006 12:48:40 PM , Rating: 2
However, only one slot has 16 PCI-E lanes in new Mac Pro.

What's a point of using PCI-E x8 disk adapter in a slot that has 4 lines? Why not get x4 adapter then?

RE: Intel, are you listening?
By kmelec on 8/16/2006 1:03:38 PM , Rating: 2
TYAN THUNDER n6650W (S2915)

TYAN THUNDER n4250QE (S4985)

They have four physical x16 slots, two full-speed, two x4, S2915 is more flexible though allowing even four x8 configurations.

LGA 771 Woodcrest/Dempsey?
By SixFour on 8/15/2006 5:00:18 PM , Rating: 2
Will NVidia also do a worksation chipset for Intel?

RE: LGA 771 Woodcrest/Dempsey?
By PT2006 on 8/15/2006 5:01:00 PM , Rating: 2
Not likely, these chips do not have memory controllers.

RE: LGA 771 Woodcrest/Dempsey?
By EarthsDM on 8/15/2006 10:27:26 PM , Rating: 1
Don't listen to PT2006. nVidia has made Intel chipsets with memory controllers before, they will make more in light of ATI being bought by AMD.
If I recall correctly, nForce4 for Intel had better memory performance than Intel's chipsets when the RAM speed exceeded the FSB speed.
I can't imagine nVidia ignoring the workstation market with Conroe on the loose and SLI gaining popularity.

RE: LGA 771 Woodcrest/Dempsey?
By MonkeyPaw on 8/15/2006 10:51:47 PM , Rating: 2
Well, to this point, nVidia (or however the people below chose to capitalize it) has not made an Intel workstation chipset yet. They have just now started making solid Opteron workstation chipsets, thanks in large part to the HT link--something NV has co-developed. Intel's new server/workstation platform is not as simple. NV will likely have to pay more licensing fees to Intel to do it. That's not to say NV will not try, but they really need to be confident that their product has a place before they take that chance.

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