AMD and Nvidia Platforms Do Battle

Chipset Comparison Table

Socket 940 Pins AM2+ 940 Pins AM2+
Chipset Design Dual Chip Single Chip
Northbridge AMD 780G Nvidia GeForce 8200 mGPU
Northbridge CMOS 55nm 80nm
Southbridge AMD SB700 N/A
Southbridge CMOS 55nm N/A
CPU Interface HT 3.0 (1.8 GHz) HT 3.0 (1.8 GHz)
Chipset Interlink PCIe x4 (2GB/s) N/A
Memory Type Dual Channel DDR2 Dual Channel DDR2
Memory Speed DDR2-667/800/1066 DDR2-667/800/1066
Maximum Memory 8 GB 8 GB
ECC Support No No
PCIe Support 26 PCIe 2.0 Lanes 19 PCIe 2.0 Lanes
PCIe Usage 16 lanes for graphics 16 lanes for graphics
4 lanes for chipset interlink 3 lanes for add-on devices
6 lanes for add-on devices
Networking PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Integrated Nvidia Gigabit Ethernet controller
USB Ports 12x USB 2.0 12x USB 2.0
2x USB 1.1
PCI Support 5x 32 Bit PCI 2.3 5x 32 Bit PCI 2.3
SATA Ports 6x SATA/300 w/ NCQ 6x SATA/300 w/ NCQ
eSATA Possible Possible
UltraATA Ports 2x UltraATA/133 (four devices) 1x UltraATA/133 (two devices)
RAID Modes 0, 1,10, JBOD 0, 1,10, 5, JBOD
Core Radeon HD2400 (RV610)-based GeForce 8400 GS (G86)-based
Technology Direct X 10.0, Shader Model 4.0 Direct X 10.0, Shader Model 4.0
Clock Speed 500 MHz 500 MHz
Core Design 40 stream processors 16 stream processors
Multi-GPU Crossfire X possible Hybrid Graphics-only
Hybrid Graphics Hybrid CrossFire X for Performance Nvidia Hybrid SLI
Graphics Performance Options Radeon HD 2400/3450 GeForce 8400 GS/8500 GT
Power Saving Options N/A HybridPower switches off discrete graphics in 2D
Display Memory Optional, up to 512MB N/A
Video Decoding ATI Avivo HD Nvidia PureVideo HD
HD Video Blu-ray, Betamax/HD-DVD Blu-ray, Betamax/HD-DVD
Outputs D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI w/ HDCP, Display Port D-Sub, DVI and HDMI w/ HDCP
HDMI Options HDMI 1.3 HDMI 1.3, no Dolby True HD or DTS-HD