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Full Power: NVIDIA Attacks With nForce2

nForce2: An Overview Of Features

Before we look in detail at the individual features of the nForce2 and compare them to the established chipsets, let's look at a summary of its specs.

Northbridge: IGP And SPP Compared

NorthbridgeIntegrated Graphics ProcessorSystem Platform Processor
AliasIGPSPP
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Graphics InterfaceAGP 8x (AGP 3.0)AGP 8x (AGP 3.0)
Graphics UnitGeForce4 MX, w/up to 64 MB Shared MemorynView Multiple-Display-
Memory ControllerDual DDR400Dual-channel, 64-Bit eachalso DDR333, DDR266, DDR2003 GB RAM max.Dual DDR400Dual-channel, 64-Bit eachalso DDR333, DDR266, DDR2003 GB RAM max.
Video Encoder for TV-OutUp to 1024x768Composite and S-VideoMacrovision 7.1L1-
DVI InterfaceUp to 165 MHzMultiplexed with AGP 8x-
Power ManagementACPI 2.0(S1, S3, S4, S5, C0, C1, C2), AMD Power Now!ACPI 2.0(S1, S3, S4, S5, C0, C1, C2), AMD Power Now!
CPU Interface133/100/66 MHz FSB133/100/66 MHz FSB
OtherFSB, memory, AGP can be operated asynchronously and independently of one another.FSB, memory, AGP can be operated asynchronously and independently of one another.

Apart from new aspects of the technology, one of the most important differences from its predecessor is in the Northbridge. While the IGP (Integrated Graphics Processor) of the first nForce has always been equipped with integrated graphics, the customer can now opt for an nForce2 withouth integrated graphics, namely, the System Platform Processsor (SPP) . The SPP is a "pure" version of the Northbridge, without graphics, and therefore significantly lower in price.