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Reference board and pricing information of the entry level Intel nForce shows up

NVIDIA’s nForce 650i Ultra is finally making an appearance in reference board form, despite a November paper launch. The NVIDIA nForce 650i Ultra is similar to the 650i SLI, with the exception of SLI support. Supported features of NVIDIA’s budget performance chipset include dual-channel DDR2-800, Gigabit Ethernet with FirstPacket technology and high definition audio. The chipset also supports Intel Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Duo processors with 1066 MHz and 800 MHz front-side-buses.

The reference board design, typically rebadged by EVGA, XFX, ECS, Biostar and others, is a simplistic design. It does not feature a fancy heat pipe solution, but instead has a single passive heatsink to cool the north bridge. Expansion slots include one PCIe x16, 2 PCIe x1 and 3 PCI slots. NVIDIA provides four SATA 3.0Gbps and one PATA port for hard disk and optical drive expansion with the nForce 650i Ultra.

The rear I/O panel of the nForce 650i Ultra reference board is relatively sparse with few ports. There are PS/2 keyboard and mouse, four USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet and 8-channel audio jacks. The reference board lacks an onboard S/PDIF input and output connectors.

Expect nForce 650i Ultra based boards to hit retail soon and cost somewhere between $50 – $100 USD.

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RE: Entry-level boards are always so blah...
By Hyperlite on 4/2/2007 10:33:15 PM , Rating: 2
yeah. i mean i guess they could spice the colors up.

By Spartan Niner on 4/2/2007 10:52:08 PM , Rating: 4
I could personally care less about the colors, bling, etc. Just make a damn solidly engineered product built for reliability and performance - all else is secondary. I could also rant about uglified cases where bling comes before performance and features... but to each his own.

RE: Entry-level boards are always so blah...
By dice1111 on 4/2/2007 11:59:01 PM , Rating: 2
Please people! These are REFERENCE BOARDS. These are examples sent out to manufactures for electrical references only, from nVidia. The manufactures of the actual boards can do whatever they want with them to spice them up. Lets get this straight. Thank you.

RE: Entry-level boards are always so blah...
By exanimas on 4/3/2007 2:46:38 AM , Rating: 2
While this is true, a lot of manufactures will just rebadge the reference boards to say "EVGA" or whatever as stated. Even though function comes first, I'm sure some people wouldn't mind shelling out a few extra bucks for a more aesthetically pleasing design. Just my $.02

By dice1111 on 4/3/2007 10:17:41 AM , Rating: 2
Then that would be up to EVGA, not nVidia. This is an nVidia reference board. The point is that people should not be complaining when a "reference board" doesn't have any color. Who cares. It's not like any consumer can actually obtain one of these boards anyway.

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