Asus nForce 780i SLI motherboard listed early

— 2:43 PM on December 10, 2007

Nvidia hasn't even announced its next-generation enthusiast chipset yet, but in Taiwanese hardware manufacturer tradition, Asustek has listed a motherboard based on the unreleased chipset a little ahead of schedule. The motherboard is branded P5N-T Deluxe, and Asustek says it features an nForce 780i SLI chipset with support for three-way SLI multi-GPU setups.

The Asus P5N-T Deluxe motherboard. Source: Asustek.

The mobo's specifications page is blank, but Asustek does boast about a number of features in its main product description page. Some of those features include PCI Express 2.0—just like in mobos based on Intel's X38 Express and AMD's 790FX chipsets—as well as support for 45nm Intel processors with 1333MHz front-side bus speeds, and support for Nvidia's Enthusiast System Architecture. For those not in the know, ESA is designed to allow enthusiasts to monitor system components (like, say, power supplies) via simple USB connections.

Based on the picture on Asustek's website, the board also appears to have DDR2 (and not DDR3) memory slots, six internal 300MB/s Serial ATA ports, three PCI Express x16 slots, a single 32-bit PCI slot, and copper, heat pipe-based chipset and power circuitry cooling.

According to the latest rumors from the Far East, 780i SLI motherboards will appear some time this month, with mass shipments to follow in January. The boards are expected to bear price tags around the $200 mark.

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