Preview of nVidia's NF4 XE chipset for Intel chips

By Justin Mann on January 17, 2006, 7:39 PM
nVidia is all set to release their new nForce4 XE chipset for Pentium 4 based systems, bringing the much-needed SLI support over to those who don't want to use Intel chipsets for their P4s. What exactly can it do? Take a look. While definitely not a serious competitor for the 965 and 975 series or Intel's high-end motherboards, it should in fit quite nicely with the majority market, especially those who just want a system capable of using dual-core P4s (as 925 and earlier do not support it). It's a fairly beefy fan they include on their demo board, so hopefully some manufacturers will offer a passively cooled solution as chipset fans can often be annoying for “midrange” boards. The new board supports X16 single or X8 dual for SLI, supports the standard nForce 4 features like integrated AC97 audio. It has 1066 FSB support, and support for the fastest “standard” DDR2-667, though with nVidia's reputation you may see some use out of that very rare, but very attractive, DDR2-800 RAM and up. Time will tell!

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blue_dragon said:
Thats good new for those who like Intel over AMD for gamin but why havent makers tried to make more mobos that run Sli @ 16X with the exception of the asus a8n32-sli deluxe?
exscind said:
Interesting layout from the given picture in the article. This will give consumers more choices to choose from, although the timing couldn't be any worse, I think. Of course, unless the user prefers Intel for some reason. With AMD moving to Socket 940 (AM2), and sporting DDR2 slots, it's really like a knockout punch from AMD to Intel. Within a very near future (hopefully), AMD will be pretty much on part with Intel in terms of physical specs, and after working on the typical early-release kinks, will definitely give Intel a full run for its money. And besides grabbing more consumers from Intel, I can't see nVIDIA's XE chipset have any other purpose in terms of innovations and whatnot.[b]Originally posted by blue_dragon:[/b][quote]Thats good new for those who like Intel over AMD for gamin but why havent makers tried to make more mobos that run Sli @ 16X with the exception of the asus a8n32-sli deluxe?[/quote]The reason is because the current video cards don't nearly saturate the PCI-E slots; in other words, there's no point making both slots 16x if the cards will never use up the 8x bandwidth in the beginning. Many review sites like Anandtech, as well as the "pro-overclockers" at Xtremesystems, all confirmed such notion.[Edited by exscind on 2006-01-17 20:52:42]
Need_a_Dell said:
Sounds like really good news for the Intel crowd. Im sure that computer builders would love to build a system around this puppy. This really looks promising and might finally be a way of letting Intel see eyes to noce with AMD. Fingers crossed guys!
cyrax said:
THis is great news since eventually i might consider running an intel based system the next round. Intel could really use an edge right now seing how its slipping.
Rhianntp said:
This is indeed great news. However I'll never be able to afford SLI.. hehe :)
flipi said:
I think I see a little different story here. It is not about support for Intel or bad luck for Amd. It is that big companioes like Nvidia grow and divert their offerings, making it more and more difficult to see what market they want or aim at. It is like a big car manufacturer going for F1...
paulwuzhere said:
SLI is a touching subject with 2 cards but for me one card and a single core cpu will do fine. I can barely affford ONE good GPU. 2 HAHAHAHA No way...
Cartz said:
I wasn't even aware that SLI choices for Intel based CPUs were so limited. I hope that this nvidia chipset is better then the vanilla nf4 chipset on the a8n series. After the first a8n board I purchased couldn't handle IDE transfers over 1Mb/s and every single GeForce card I've ever bought has died within 2 years, I have lost a little faith in the quality of nvidia and asus's products. Hopefully the xe chipset runs without a hitch, needless to say, I'll be watching closely.
nathanskywalker said:
yep, saw something about this i think. But why choose Intel over AMD? At least for gaming anyway...
MonkeyMan said:
This is a great move for Intel. They are finally looking at their weaknesses, and improving upon them. I know this maybe wishful thinking, but I think Intel will be #1 this year, because their product lineup, rivals that of even AMD. Look for great technological lineup from Intel this year.
jassim said:
The tables have turned. AMD needs an answer to this, and fast. Intel might beat up AMD in this way, but AMD still has the better CPUs.Why can't two companies ever make hybrid technologies so that the average consumer can breathe easily?So would we have something which is good for both gaming and other stuff?Ohhhh..... bad news is: I can't afford it!!!!!!!!!!
otmakus said:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but from what I get from the article, Nvidia already has 3 chipset for Intel since mid 2005, NForce4 Ultra, NForce4 SLI, and NForce4 SLI X16. This NForce4 SLI XE is intended to be a replacement for the NForce4 SLI because the latter one doesn't support Pentium D 820.And from the same article, it is said that 512 MB video card running at 16X will have a performance boost compared to running at 8X.
PUTALE said:
it's really amazing how a big gfx company, such as nvidia has come to be the top and probably the best chipset maker right now. They are the best in the amd market now they are moving into intel territory.
mentaljedi said:
The whole thing with chipsets gives me a headache but from what i can gather its fairly good news though i don't know how it will compete with AMD. Just imagine if they merged though...
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