Motherboard makers unveil Socket AM2 mother lode
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
as well as the nForce 590 SLI-based M2N32-SLI
, which we already had a look
in our Socket AM2 chipset overview. Meanwhile, ECS has introduced
its new KN3
motherboards based on NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI core logic and ATI's
CrossFire Xpress 3200, respectively. Epox has also launched a new EP-MF570
based on the nForce 570 SLI chipset, and Gigabyte has introduced
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.