6/4/2001: NVIDIA nForce: the best chipset of all the times?
NVIDIA, the leader almost undiscussed the graphic market 3D, has just presented in the fair COMPUTEX of Taipei (Taiwan) his first chipset for PCs, the nForce (also known like Crush). Based on the same technology that he has designed for the console XBOX of Microsoft, his characteristics really it do a danger for the current chipsets manufacturers.
To start, his IGP (Integrated Graphics Processor, the chip that does the NorthBridge times) an integrated graphic checker includes, of level similar or superior to a GeForce2 MX... that is to say, much more rapid than the integrated in chipsets of Intel, ROUTE, ALi, etc. Y extendable by means of groove AGP, if yield is still wished more.
But more impressive still turns out to be the architecture of memory TwinBank of the IGP: two controlers of memory of 64 bits that can work of completely independent form, providing support for DDR-SDRAM or SDRAM, with a breadth of effective bus of 128 bits; that is to say: up to 4,2 GB/s!! (using DDR-SDRAM PC2100), even more that the solutions based on memory RDRAM. And in addition, the sizes of memory of two channels do not have porqué to be equal. We can only qualify it of IMPRESSIVE.
And although it seems incredible, it does not finish here the thing: the IGP also includes a technology called DASP (Dynamic Adaptive Speculative Pre-processor), which does the times of a cache memory of third level to eliminate "necks of bottle". In addition, the IGP joins the second chip, the MCP (Communications Processor Comes up and, the SouthBridge) by means of the technology HyperTransport of AMD: to 800 MB/s instead of 266 habitual MB/s.
And there is still more: the MCP supports sound of 256 voices stereo simultaneous, with support Dolby Digital 5.1, in addition to 6 ports USB, ATA/100, network support... and a little called StreamThru to distribute the band of an effective way. The madness, we go.
The chipset will be free only for mikes AMD Athlon or Duron. And seen the seen, Intel should worry... about without speaking about ROUTE, ALi, Creative (those of the SoundBlaster), and many others. And although there still does not exist a definitive date of throwing (good, the XBOX should be ready in autumn, so perhaps for this Christmastime...), already we know that ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, ABIT and others support this one gentle - chipset. Once again: IMPRESSIVE... at least theoretically.
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News written for: Juan Herrerías