Motherboard makers unveil Socket AM2 mother lode


— 12:16 PM on May 23, 2006

The spotlight is on AMD's new processors today, but a number of motherboard manufacturers have bolstered the launch with new Socket AM2 motherboards. Abit has announced a KN9-SLI motherboard based on NVIDIA's nForce 570 SLI core logic, while Asus is touting its nForce 570 SLI-based M2N-SLI Deluxe as well as the nForce 590 SLI-based M2N32-SLI Deluxe, which we already had a look at in our Socket AM2 chipset overview. Meanwhile, ECS has introduced its new KN3 SLI2 Extreme and KA3 MVP motherboards based on NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI core logic and ATI's CrossFire Xpress 3200, respectively. Epox has also launched a new EP-MF570 SLI based on the nForce 570 SLI chipset, and Gigabyte has introduced a GA-M59SLI-S5 with the top-end nForce 590 SLI. Finally, MSI has announced new K9N Diamond, K9N SLI Platinum, K9N Platinum, and K9N Neo-F boards based on NVIDIA's nForce 590 SLI, 570 SLI, 570 Ultra, and 550 chipsets. Interestingly, it looks like both Asus and MSI have followed in Abit and Gigabyte's footsteps by providing passive chipset cooling on their new boards.

Along with the full-sized motherboards, a handful of new microATX boards with integrated graphics have been introduced for AMD's new socket. Yesterday, Albatron announced its KM51PV-AM2, which features GeForce 6150 integrated graphics as well as DVI and HDTV outputs. Today, Asus launched an M2NPV-VM with similar features, and Gigabyte released the GA-M51GM-S2G, which sports GeForce 6100 integrated graphics and analog VGA output. Availability for all these new boards remains to be seen, but there certainly seems to be enough choices to keep early adopters happy once everything hits store shelves.

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