According to DigiTimes, Nvidia plans to roll out its Intel-based nForce 780i chipset in December this year, with mass shipments scheduled for January 2008.

The nForce 780i will go head to head with Intel's X38 chipsets and will support PCI Express 2.0, three-way SLI multi-GPU configurations, and Nvidia's new Enthusiast System Architecture - a specification designed for real-time monitoring and tweaking of key PC components. Unlike Intel's X38 Express, however, the 780i won't support DDR3 memory.

Pricing for nForce 780i SLI motherboards will be around $200, according to DigiTimes. In addition, the company also plans to release an nForce 780a SLI chipset for AMD systems, but details on that part are scarce at the moment.