Since COMDEX the successor to the nForce3 150 has been expected.  This year, CES gave the first real look at nForce3 250.  Rumors of the delay of the nF3-250 launch until Socket 939 were put to rest by all the major vendors.  It appears that samples of nForce3 250 will ship in just a couple weeks - coincidentally around Chinese New Year.  The first nForce3 250 boards will be, to our surprise, Socket 754. 

DFI's NF3-250 LanParty will be one of the first high end Socket 754 nForce3 250 solutions.

Chaintech's ZNF3-250 is the newest revision on the ultra high end Zenith product line.

ASUS, DFI and Chaintech all had nForce3 250 socket 754 motherboards on display.  As mentioned earlier, nForce3 250 will also debut in Socket 939 with AMD's new FX chips in April.  Interestingly enough, manufacturer roadmaps did not contain Socket 940 versions of the nForce 250 chipset.  Before the launch of the lower priced Athlon 64's, many vendors questioned the importance of Socket 754.  However, with the recent introductions of the A64 3000+ retailing just over $200 and the A64 3200+ now under $300, Socket 754 is a hot topic again.

In addition to the top-line Zenith series, Chaintech was also showing its midrange Apogee series nForce3 250 board (ANF3-250).

DFI will also feature nForce3 250 with its midrange Inifity series motherboards.

The importance of nForce3 250 will be its introduction of 1GHz HyperTransport.  While 1GHz HT may not appear on Socket 754 boards in the near future, it will become important on Socket 939 motherboards.  This aspect of the nForce3 250 launch is certainly Déjà vu.  With nForce3 250 capable of 1GHz HT, how long will it be before enthusiasts find ways to unlock this capability on Socket 754?  Is history repeating itself? (Think nForce2/nForce2 Ultra/400).

Vendors showing nForce3 250 at the show were displaying the A02 chipset revision in the demonstration boards.  However, the A03 revision is expected shortly, which most likely be the shipping revision of the chipset.  

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  • Idoxash - Monday, January 12, 2004 - link

    Wow, I think that "Mobile Athlon XP" computer by FIC is crazily kewl looking. I like to know more about it and such.

  • JADS - Monday, January 12, 2004 - link

    Still no dual CPU enthusiast boards. Could be a good reason for the FX staying around if one of the HT links was re-enabled.
  • sandorski - Saturday, January 10, 2004 - link

    Don't worry, it'll become an issue in time. ;)
  • mrprotagonist - Friday, January 9, 2004 - link

    Can't believe that the nvidia/AMD/Intel fanboys didn't catch this snippet on page 4:

    "ATI has confirmed production of an AMD Athlon 64 core logic; NVIDIA is rumored to also have an Intel chipset in the works. With both ATI and NVIDIA producing both AMD and Intel chipsets, we will now have five major chipset manufacturers (six if you include ALi)."

  • klah - Friday, January 9, 2004 - link

    JRun Connector Protocol Error.
  • ehanneken - Friday, January 9, 2004 - link

    Does the FIC small form factor PC that opens up like a Mac have an AGP slot?
  • Evan Lieb - Friday, January 9, 2004 - link

    Good job guys. Too bad I couldn't go. :)
  • Tracy-Computer Franchise - Friday, July 27, 2012 - link

    good post..i hope that i could visit..Most of us know that Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale,but few of us knew that Nanotechnology entails the application of fields of science as diverse as surface science, organic chemistry, molecular biology, semiconductor physics, microfabrication, etc.

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