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Intel puts pressure on Taiwan mobo companies about RD600 chipset and NVIDIA's C19 nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition faces uncertain future

The future of Intel Core 2 based chipsets is uncertain right now as the industry is shaken up by various new business projects, such as the merger between AMD and ATI.

The word in Taiwan, where I live and run my site, is that the high-anticipated ATI RD600 Conroe chipset is only going to be provided by one motherboard manufacturer, DFI. According to my sources, Intel has been putting pressure on Taiwan motherboard companies not to produce RD600 based motherboards. DFI stood up to the Intel giant and mentioned to us that they’ll be the only company providing an RD600 board, the DFI Lanparty RD600. This seems like a real disappointment for ATI as RD600 was set to be a bigger seller for the Canadian company with FSB speeds set to reach 480MHz and above – much higher than 975X and the C19 nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition chipset. DFI’s Lanparty RD600 motherboard will be on shop shelves sometimes next month but we’re not sure on an exact date yet.

We’ve also been hearing reports about the upcoming nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition chipset for Core 2 processors. This chipset is based on the now aging NVIDIA C19 chipset which some Taiwan motherboard manufactures are not impressed with. In fact, NVIDIA recently issued an announcement to motherboard companies saying that the C19 chipset will be phased out very soon and replaced by the newer and more refined C55 chipset in October. The C19 chipset maxes out at around 350MHz FSB which is one of the main reasons the Taiwanese folk were not impressed with the chipset, especially the companies interested in producing highly overclockable boards – and that’s most companies these days. With Intel’s P965 chipset, while not as fast as 975X, we’ve seen reports of the FSB hitting the 500MHz FSB mark. There are no official testing numbers on C55 FSB overclocking but being a refined chipset using newer technology, it is expected to beat the older C19 easily.

New Conroe motherboards using either the RD600 or nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition were expected this month (as first reported here on TweakTown) but users wanting to move away from Intel chipset solutions will need to wait another few weeks for these boards to be ready, possibly longer as BIOS’s are tweaked.

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Oh yeah, Intel has THE enthusiasts chip.
By Thraxz on 9/7/2006 4:46:46 AM , Rating: 2
I'd consider myself and enthusiast and an enthusiast with no brand loyalty whatsoever. To establish credentials, my currect "big rig" is a water cooled 939 opteron 165 OC'ed to 3.0ghz. I digress.

Suffice it to say conroe is a badass processor. Yet, I've built THREE computers since Conroe's launch and because of intel's business strongarming all three have been AMD chips. Why? Because I object to paying as much for my mobo as I do for my CPU. Money wise, AMD X-2s still make so much more sense.

I applaud my favorite MoBo maker DFI for telling the loudmouthed idiot (intel) to shut up and build exactly what they want... a best in class performance MoBo.

By marscay on 9/25/2006 4:04:42 PM , Rating: 2
so instead of paying a few more dollars for an INTEL machine that hands any current amd rig a complete thrashing you keep building underperforming AMD rigs.

it's not like the INTEL boards are twice the price of good enthausiast class AMD boards, maybe 30% more on average for a good 975 board.....boards with 965 chipsets are hardly expensive and in fact the same price or cheaper than high-end AMD boards.

you say money wise AMD makes more sense .....cost v performance you're getting raped!

btw DFI have never built a decent INTEL board, whose to say they will break the duck with this?

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