Back in November Nvidia introduced its open and royalty-free Enthusiast System Architecture, promising real-time monitoring and tweaking of computer hardware components through a single piece of software. Certified motherboards, power supplies, chassis, and coolers are already on the market, and the folks at The Tech Report have managed to snag an Nvidia demo system packed with ESA-enabled components to test.
Specifically, the system is loaded with a Tagan BZ 1100W power supply, a CoolIt Freezone Elite thermoelectric processor cooler, and an EVGA 122-CK-NF68 motherboard based on Nvidia's ESA-approved nForce 680i SLI chipset. But hardware is only one part of the ESA equation. Nvidia has released a new nForce System Tools package that replaces much of the functionality included previously in Nvidia's nTune system utility, along with a new system monitoring tool, both optimized with ESA in mind for an "unprecedented level of control over system variables and customizable hardware monitoring." Check out TR's article for an in-depth look at ESA in action.