NVIDIA's nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition board pictured

Written by Tim Smalley

June 9, 2006 | 12:02

Tags: #2 #590 #core #duo #edition #firstpacket #geforce #linkboost #nforce #quad #sli

Companies: #intel #nvidia

NVIDIA was displaying its upcoming nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition motherboard at the show on Intel's booth.

The company had its own little green corner in the massive sea of blue, where it had a system running an Intel Core 2 Duo processor with two NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2s running in Quad SLI on an nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition reference board.

The Intel version of nForce 590 SLI shares virtually the same feature set as the AMD version of the chipset that the company launched on 23rd May.

This means that there is support for SLI Memory, LinkBoost with selected video cards, nTune 5.0, FirstPacket and DualNet. nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition will also incorporate the improved storage features from the AMD version of the chipset, including 6 SATA ports and suport for RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 and JBOD.

We managed to grab a couple of shots of the reference motherboard and the system running one and a pair of GeForce 7950 GX2s, but no partners had their own implementations on show.

This leads us to believe that nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition motherboards will not be for sale if Conroe launches in July - only 975X and P965 solutions will be available at that time. However, if Conroe is pushed back - as some motherboard makers seem to believe - we fell that retail nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition motherboards will be ready in time for launch.

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