nForce 780 chipsets coming in December

In the aftermath of the launch of Intel's X38 Express and AMD's 790FX enthusiast chipsets, Nvidia is cooking up a double whammy of new core logic to compete with the two firms on their home turfs. According to DigiTimes, Nvidia plans to roll out a pair of nForce 780-series chipsets some time next month, with mass shipments scheduled for January 2008.

On the Intel front, Nvidia will release an nForce 780i SLI chipset that will support PCI Express 2.0, three-way SLI multi-GPU configurations, and Nvidia's new Enthusiast System Architecture—a specification designed to allow users to monitor their systems' vitals via USB connections. Pricing for nForce 780i SLI motherboards will be "around $200," DigiTimes says. However, the Taiwanese site adds that Nvidia won't introduce support for DDR3 memory until the first quarter of next year. Intel's X38 Express, by contrast, has supported DDR3 from the start.

Nvidia won't stop there. Together with the 780i SLI, the company reportedly plans to release an nForce 780a SLI chipset aimed at AMD systems. DigiTimes doesn't quote any specs for the 780a SLI, but judging by Nvidia's track record, it's likely to feature the same perks as the 780i SLI.

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