Live from Taiwan: Cebit 2006 Previewby Wesley Fink on March 7, 2006 12:03 AM EST
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AM2 MotherboardsAll of the Tier 1 players will be showing at least one AM2 board, and some will have several on display, but not running.
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
ECS KA3-MVP & KN3-SLI2
ECS was the only Tier 1 manufacturer showing a working ATI RD580 motherboard for Socket AM2, which will be called the KA3-MVP.
Gigabyte K8NDSLI PRO
Gigabyte was also showing an NVIDIA chipset based AM2 board. The Gigabyte board being shown appears to be a dual x8 solution based on the single NVIDIA chipset.
MSI K9N Platinum
MSI was showing both high-end and low-end AM2 boards. The K9N Platinum is a dual x8 NVIDIA SLI board.
You will also see an ATI RD580 AM2 at the launch of the new AMD chip in about 3 months.
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kilkennycat - Tuesday, March 7, 2006 - linkWith the novel location of a PCI socket in a position between the CPU and the first PCIe X16 slot, the passively-cooled Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe will safely accommodate at least 2 PCI boards, even with 2 high-end single or double-width PCIe video cards present. I believe that none of the other PASSIVELY-COOLED 939-pin nVidia 'X16 chip- set' boards currently available nor the other pasively-cooled AM2-based nVidia 'X16' boards pictured in this article will do this. (Note that single-width high-end video cards, such as 7800GT/GTX need a full DOUBLE-space for adequate ventilation.) The current passive-cooling Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe (nF4 X16 chip-set) is restricted to one usable PCI slot under the same circumstances. Also, the M2N32-SLI Deluxe, like the current A8N32-SLI Deluxe, has 8-phase CPU power (runs very cool indeed) -- see the dual mosfet heat-sinks. Put that board at the top of the potential shopping list if you are contemplating building a nVidia chipset AM2 system. I have a A8N32-SLI and am very pleased indeed, after having been an exclusive purchaser of Abit boards for many years. Asus' support of enthusiast-level systems has grown very strong indeed during the past year.
KorruptioN - Tuesday, March 7, 2006 - linkMore and more boards are coming with the EPS12V connection standard. It's not the 4-pin ATX12V connection anymore, but 8-pins. DFI used to do this on their high-end boards, and I remember seeing Asus put the EPS12V connectors on their high-end LGA775 boards, to accomodate for a more power-hungry CPU. Seeing how the "lowly" MSI AM2 board is coming with EPS12V, we can expect more boards to follow suit in the future. More +12V for the CPU is nice.
I am liking the passive cooling for the chipsets. The nightmares we saw with the first-generation A8N-SLI is something Asus probably doesn't want to deal with again...
Von Matrices - Tuesday, March 7, 2006 - linkDid anyone else notice that there is no 4-pin ATX 12V or 8-pin EPS 12V connector on the DFI SLI X16 motherboard? I wonder why.
Von Matrices - Tuesday, March 7, 2006 - linkNever mind, it's in black and is hard to see.
Omega215D - Tuesday, March 7, 2006 - linkAnyone else notice the Asus board with the PCI slot on top of the PCIe 16x? This would be good for me to put my X-Fi in... just can't get a videocard that has a heatsink on the back of the card.
latino666 - Tuesday, March 7, 2006 - linkIt's a good thing there is not real need to have a PCIe slot. Most of those slots would of been blocked by video card fans.
DigitalFreak - Tuesday, March 7, 2006 - linkYeah, what is with the morons who design the motherboards at Asus? They put a single PCI-E 1x or 4x slot on the board, and then place it so that it's useless when a dual slot video card is installed. DFI and other makers don't seem to have this issue. They did the same thing on the A8R32-MVP.
Ecmaster76 - Tuesday, March 7, 2006 - linkOkay, I like your articles.
But I like em better when they are published in finished form and stay published (of course minor corrections and updates are fine).
It wasn't too bad until recently, but the RD580 articles went up and down like yo-yos and the RD580 chipset overview piece is still gone.
This one gets posted and the 7600 info was linked but gone, and by the time I finish the 7900gtx stuff has dissappeared. I know that things have to go through revisions, but its a little aggravating to try to read a work in progress. It shouldn't be too hard to keep the incomplete stuff of the public page.
Wesley Fink - Tuesday, March 7, 2006 - linkWe are under NDA for the nVidia information. This means more than just publishing benchmarks this time. I was told we also could not mention names of the cards or specifications until the NDA lifts. I apologize for the quick deletes.
DigitalFreak - Tuesday, March 7, 2006 - linkI think they purposefully post it so that Google's cache will grab it, then pull it real quick. Then they can say "oops", but still have the article out there. :-)