Its been the subject of speculation for a while now that Nvidia would release a chipset that supported both PCI Express and Dual Video cards for the Athlon 64. nForce4 offers just that
. Features of this new chipset include support for 20-lane PCI Express, native Gigabit Ethernet (on-chip), full nVidia RAID features, 10 USB 2.0 ports, nVidia Firewall 2.0, and the new nTune Performance utility. There will be three members in the new nForce4 family, those being:
, the basic value chipset for 939 and 754, should be found in Socket 754 and low-end Socket 939 boards. Although this is the budget member of the family, still expect to see the RAID and gigabyte Ethernet features mentioned above, as well as much more.
, will sell in the $100 to $150 price range, and has the additional benefits of an unlocked 1000 Hyper Transport, support for 3Gb/s SATA drives, and nVidia's secure networking engine, which is called ActiveArmor.
Finally, nForce4 SLI
, is the high end version, and will sell for $150 or more. This member of the family is the only version to support programmable PCI Express lanes, which makes dual video cards a possibility.