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SLI and "Conroe" together at last

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.

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DDR2 667? Fan cooling?
By Warren21 on 6/6/2006 8:35:19 PM , Rating: 2
I realize that as the article states the MCP55 is still under development, but if they are to compete (especially with RD600) they must have atleast DDR2-800. Again, I also realize that this is a reference design but a fan? Come on, it's 2006, fans are the way of the dinosaur on motherboards (atleast good ones) save DFI...

RE: DDR2 667? Fan cooling?
By TomZ on 6/6/2006 9:02:07 PM , Rating: 1
Fans for cooling in PCs have a long future ahead, mainly because they are cheap, reliable, and effective. There seems to be developing this idea that all of our machines are going to converge to consuming 10W when active, but I don't see it happening. I do see a trend to reduce power, but even in the 35-65W range, a CPU fan is still needed, and the trend in video cards is still to increase power, so they'll have fans for quite a while also.

RE: DDR2 667? Fan cooling?
By feraltoad on 6/6/2006 9:21:11 PM , Rating: 2
I think dude's talking about the CHIPSET fan. Unless they are running an Athlon Thunderbird under that heatsink fan for the northbridge. haha I do agree about the CPU staying on air until they come out with something that is more reliable and lower maitenance. Who want's to put up with leaks? yikes...

RE: DDR2 667? Fan cooling?
By robvdl on 6/7/2006 12:16:18 AM , Rating: 2
If i'm gonna go Conroe, I think i'll go for the Gigabyte P965 mentioned a few articles back

Yes, fan cooling is cheap, but it's not reliable, especially those pesky little northbridge fans, after around a year, they can easily get clogged with dust and make a horrible grinding noise.

Passive cooling is definately the way 2 go

RE: DDR2 667? Fan cooling?
By Trisped on 6/7/2006 12:18:14 PM , Rating: 2
RAM speed was kept at 667 because they wanted to avoid the embarisment of a non-stable system. Once they get the rest of the mother board desgins complete the should run 800MHz+ without a problem.

The fan on the north bridge chip is larger then I would expect, but with the focus on overclocking and the amount of power run through an overclocked north bridge either fans or very large heat sinks are required. Personaly, I think I prefer the relative simplicity of a HSF as opposed to the heat sinks that cover 20% of the board as is common on the AM2 boards.

RE: DDR2 667? Fan cooling?
By allometry on 6/7/2006 2:54:41 PM , Rating: 2
You're right about one thing, the memory!

DDR2-667 doesn't do Conroe justice. DDR2-800 is definitely the way to go, however, for myself and anyone else who sees memory performance as a possible block, until DDR2-800's release into the mainstream, I will be kept from touching this board and processor.

In terms of what you're talking about with the north bridge fan, I think it's there simply because the reference board has such horrible layout.

My current MSI Diamond board has heat pipes and passive cooling, which is likely to be the preferred method of cooling for manufacturers.

By Strafe on 6/6/2006 8:48:24 PM , Rating: 2
Earlier reports said that LinkBoost would NOT be a part of the initial Intel implementation. Can you verify?

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