NVIDIA's nForce 500 chipsets go Core 2

NVIDIA has announced support for Intel's upcoming Core 2 Duo processors with new Intel flavors of its nForce 500-series chipsets. The nForce 590 SLI, nForce 570 SLI, and nForce 570 Ultra are all on the menu and will support both Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors. The new chipsets will offer the same features as their recently-released counterparts for AMD's Socket AM2, including support for SLI-Ready memory and NVIDIA's FirstPacket packet prioritization technology. NVIDIA also claims the nForce 590 SLI is the only Intel-based chipset to support both dual RAID 5 arrays on one controller and dual 16-lane PCI Express graphics slots.

The Intel-flavored nForce 500 chipsets will show up on motherboards from Asus, Biostar, DFI, ECS, Gigabyte, and MSI, as well as in Dell's latest XPS 700 gaming PC. Dell announced the XPS 700 last month and made no secret about its inclusion of an nForce 590 SLI chipset for Intel processors. The XPS 700 also supports Quad SLI configurations with NVIDIA's GeForce 7950 GX2 dual-PCB graphics card, whose retail variant has Quad SLI support disabled.

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