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nVidia presents nForce 2

nVidia presents nForce 2

The time has come, the nForce 2 (code name Crush 18) saw the light of day and should the theoretical properties of the chip prove themselves in practice, nVidia has a bright future in the Socket A chipset sector/p>

Like its predecessor, the nForce 2 is delivered in one version with and one without graphics. The 'Crush 18G' with the Northbridge IGP-128 offers integrated graphics. Without a graphic, however, the 'Crush 18D' with SPP unit is sufficient. Both chips offer AGP 8x, are the first AMD chipset to support DDR400 and, thanks to dual control of the memory banks, offer a gigantic bandwidth of up to 6.4GByte/s (DDR400/PC3200). Current Athlon CPUs only use a 266MHz (DDR) fast FSB and are therefore limited to 2.1GByte/s. For the first time, the onboard graphics of the Crush 18G will not have to wrestle with the CPU for the bottleneck of memory and the AGP/PCI bus, which will probably continue to be fixed, in connection with an 'unlocked' AMD Athlon XP should give the boards new FSB and thus bandwidths -Records to help. NVidia also continues to offer two versions of the Southbridge. While both chips (MCP and MCP-T) have ATA133, USB 2.0, LAN and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound, the premium variant MCP-T relies on a second LAN connection (DualNet) and a FireWire controller.

However, it does not seem that the first boards will go on sale until the end of August. EPoX does not even expect a release around September . NVidia has made a number of very informative information sheets available on their website .

We can only hope that nVidia can offer the chipset at a moderate price this time. Because here was certainly the main disadvantage of the predecessor. At the time, the nForce 420/220/415 was on a par with the KT266A and certainly superior in terms of stability. However, the price was farover the competition from VIA and prevented the chip from achieving even greater success. At least in the OEM sector, the Crush 18G should make a big debut. If you read through the catalogs of the major distributors at the moment, every 2nd PC has a graphics card with GeForce 4 MX 4XX, which could soon be replaced by the certainly cheaper onboard component.