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Next generation nForce gets official... on paper... again... really

We just got our hands on the newest NVIDIA core logic roadmap.  Several weeks ago, NVIDIA announced the nForce 500 series chipsets based on the MCP55 controller.  The 500 series family includes plans for an nForce 590, 570, 550 and SLI derivatives.  NVIDIA has made announcements to its partners that it will now "officially" launch its MCP55 lineup on May 23, 2006, for both Intel Conroe and AMD AM2 motherboards.  Expect availability of nForce 590 on both platforms on launch days for each new processor core.

nForce 590 will be the highest performance NVIDIA chipset for AMD AM2 and Intel Socket 775.  The chipset will be specifically tweaked for SLI and Quad SLI and feature a new technology called "LinkBoost."  LinkBoost will, supposedly, offer increased bandwidth between GPU and MCP if, and only if, the system uses NVIDIA-only components.  Currently, only the 90nm GeForce series graphic cards will support LinkBoost, but future high end cards will as well.

The nForce 590 SLI, 570 SLI and 570 Ultra chipsets also features an option called "FirstPacket."  FirstPacket apparently is NVIDIA first attempt at packet prioritization, or Quality of Service on the NVIDIA firewall.  The new chipsets will also feature a "teaming" feature that will allow for some rudimentary traffic shaping while using both Ethernet connections on the MCP.

The nForce 590 is a two chip package.  The SPP uses 90nm TSMC packaging while the MCP is a 130nm TSMC package. Other MCP55 will use similar setups, but will not "relaunch" until later this year.  NVIDIA MCP61 showed up on company roadmaps earlier this year and will be the company's first single core motherboard chipset in many years.

And yes, NVIDIA's slides also confirm high definition audio will appear with nForce 590.  SoundStorm2 proponents may or may not see this as a sign of the apocalypse.

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By Xorp on 5/9/2006 1:15:29 AM , Rating: 3
Better performance with a nVidia graphics card...

what a ******* scam

RE: wow
By Dom on 5/9/2006 1:19:12 AM , Rating: 2
I was just logging in to post that. I'm not a fan boy of either. If at the time of me buying a new PC, ATI is more to my liking, then this is BS. Some features will only work with Nvidia cards. You can have it then, I'm not wasting my money on something I can't upgrade to my liking. Even if I get an Nvidia card initially, later I won't be able to get an ATI card I really like. The way motherboards are tied to video cards these days is just plain retarded. Just takes away from customization.

RE: wow
By chickenselects on 5/9/2006 2:05:32 AM , Rating: 2
If nVidia made the chipset it only makes sense not to support the competition. Don't think that SLI and Crossfire to be the same thing.

my 2 cents

RE: wow
By xsilver on 5/9/2006 2:16:26 AM , Rating: 2
and ati are doing to same thing
so what are you going to do? get intel eXtreme graphics? ;)

RE: wow
By Furen on 5/9/2006 2:41:54 AM , Rating: 2
Jeez people, this time it ACTUALLY MAKES SENSE to lock out non-nvidia parts out of using this feature because it's basically a PCI-e overclock. Perhaps not an overclock in the conventional sense since I doubt that it'll change the operating clock but changing the specs of the standard for hardware that you cannot be sure of and dont care to test would be worse (remember that even on Nvidia's side only 90nm parts will work with this).

RE: wow
By plewis00 on 5/9/2006 5:08:56 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly, this actually makes sense. You lot would be much more upset if you plugged in an ATi card which it overclocked and resultantly crashed the system wouldn't you?

RE: wow
By Live on 5/9/2006 6:55:39 AM , Rating: 2
No letting me as a user decide if I want to have it on or off makes sense. Not this bull about letting Nvidia decide for me.
Its just another artificial way to segment the market and avoid real competition. That only make sense for Nvidias profits but it doesn't help me as a consumer in anyway.

RE: wow
By theprodigalrebel on 5/9/2006 7:46:40 AM , Rating: 2
Again, its not supported by ALL nVidia cards, just the 90nm ones. Maybe nVidia designed those cards to handle whatever this 'Link Boost' technology will (may?) provide.

Any way, sounds like marketing-speak. Dual-16X still isn't a compelling improvement (overall) than Dual-8X. Link Boost will 'probably' end up offering a 1-2% improvement in SLI configs running at improvement that will only show up in timedemos and benchmarks.

Kudos to them for not making it available to users who 'want to try it themselves and see if they want it'. They are prob saving people from potential installation headaches.

RE: wow
By GoatMonkey on 5/9/2006 8:17:11 AM , Rating: 2
Just wait for the final product before condemming it. It could be possible that some motherboard manufacturers will disable this "feature".

RE: wow
By PAPutzback on 5/9/2006 9:16:19 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. I imagine it wil lall work out fine. I love my Shuttle box with the NForce chipset and soundstorm. And the only video cards I have run in it have been ATI. 9500, 9800 and now an X800XL. Never an issue.

RE: wow
By dgingeri on 5/9/2006 11:07:21 AM , Rating: 2
Issue here: the link boost technology says "offer increased bandwidth between GPU and MCP" meaning it will probably only boost video/audio decoding and boost performance of HD video playback. It likely won't have anything to do with gaming. It also likely will only work with nvidia gpu's due to it sending the compressed audio stream directly to the HD audio subsystem for it to decode. That is why it wouldn't be compatable with ATI video cards. ATI will likely have something similar. it is simply something that is not defined in the PCI-Express functions, and would only be an nvidia feature. I dunno if I like the sound of that, personally. things done outside of the standards usually just affect stability, not performance. Their attempts at making IDE and SATA subsystems faster simply resulted in instability.

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