We talked a little bit about Nvidia's Hybrid SLI technology this week, and we mentioned the nForce 780a each time. The nForce 780a is Nvidia's forthcoming enthusiast chipset for AMD Phenom processors, and it will feature integrated graphics with Hybrid Power functionality, allowing it to save power by disabling compatible discrete graphics cards when they're not needed.
Today, we've noticed that the folks at TechConnect Magazine have grabbed some official-looking photos of an nForce 780a motherboard from MSI, and of another model from the same company based on an nForce 750a chipset. The 780a model will bear the K9N2 Diamond moniker, TC Magazine says, and it will feature three PCI Express x16 slots, six 300MB/s Serial ATA ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet, Creative X-Fi Xtreme Audio integrated sound, solid-state capacitors, and a very fancy copper, heat-pipe-based cooling system.
Those looking for a less upscale model will probably be more tempted by the MSI K9N2 Platinum, which will be based on the nForce 750a and have only two PCI Express x16 slots, one Gigabit Ethernet port, and no Creative integrated audio. Still, TC Magazine says the K9N2 Platinum will have two external SATA ports in addition to its six internal ports, presumably making it a better solution for storage buffs.
According to TC Magazine, we can look forward to both models coming out in the second quarter. Considering Nvidia told us the nForce 780a was on track for a launch in April, these boards could show up around then, too.