Motherboard manufacturers have been showing off NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI
Intel Edition based motherboards at its booths and suites. Biostar, DFI and
ECS are among the motherboard manufacturers that had an nForce 590 SLI
Intel Edition motherboard on display at Computex 2006.
All motherboard manufacturers only have NVIDIA reference motherboards on
display. Motherboard representatives tell DailyTech they just received
the motherboards before the show, and that the samples are demonstrations of
the technology rather than production motherboards that will end up on show
floors. Nonetheless the NVIDIA reference board implements every feature of the
nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition.
These features are identical to the nForce 590 SLI for socket AM2 and include
DualNet, LinkBoost and Enhanced Performance Profiles. The MCP55 chipset used in
these nForce 590 motherboards also adds a memory controller to the mix.
Since the MCP55 Intel Edition is very new still, all of the live demonstrations
we saw at Computex had memory speeds limited to DDR2-667.
It is unknown whether or not Biostar and ECS will develop its own nForce 590
SLI boards or rebadged the NVIDIA reference board like Foxconn has done with
the nForce 590 SLI Socket AM2 board. DFI has assured DailyTech that
they will not just resell the reference design and are working on an original
layout. Expect the reference nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition motherboards to
hit the market in time for Conroe. Several manufacturers will also have MCP51 (C19) based motherboards with Conroe support near the CPU launch.