Nvidia is planning to launch its Intel-based nForce 780i chipset in December this year, however mass shipments will not occur until January next year, according to sources at motherboard makers.
The nForce 780 SLI chipset will be available to two forms, the nForce 780i SLI (C72 XE) supporting Intel and nForce 780a SLI (C72 P) supporting AMD, noted the sources.
The nForce 780i will target Intel's X38 chipsets as its major competitor. It will support PCI Express 2.0 and 3-way SLI technology with three PCI Express x16 slots. Motherboard pricing will be around US$200, noted the sources.
With most of the features of the 780i similar to those of the X38 with the added benefit of 3-way SLI, some motherboard makers expect the chipset to have a good chance of performing well in the market. The chipset will also feature Nvidia's ESA (enthusiast system architecture) to monitor the PC hardware status, added the sources
In related news, Nvidia's support for DDR3 will show up in the first quarter next year, according to the sources.
indeed...I plan to pick up my rig soon. I'm still on a pentium 4 540 (3.2 prescott) and x700 pro (oc'ed to XT). Probably going to nab either a p35 or x38 board with a penryn processor. Waiting another year with this rig is just not an option. Although I do plan to swap out to a nehalem based board and processor...::sighs::..such a waste.