Asus M4N82 Deluxe: AM3 board with Nvidia's Nforce 980a SLI chipset
With the Asus M4N82 Deluxe the next AM3 motherboards becomes available. In Japan the boards is said to be sold for about 217 Euros already.
Asus M4N82 Deluxe (2)
Apparently the Asus M4N82 Deluxe is already sold in Japan. The motherboard is equipped with Nvidia's Nforce 980a SLI chipset (MCP82XE). The feature list of the MCP82XE chip is comparable to the one of the MCP72XE but the new chip supports AM3 processors.
The M4N82 Deluxe provides the CPU with 8+1 phases, offers the PCI Express x16 slots, two PCI slots (at unfortunate positions), one PCI Express x1 slot and Asus' EPU and ASP technologies. The four memory slots can deal with an overall capacity of 16 GiByte DDR2 RAM that can be run up to 1,200 MHz (OC mode). Mass storage devices can be connected via five SATA ports, one eSATA port and one PATA connector. Furthermore there is common equipment like Firewire, several USB ports, PS/2 and diverse audio connectors.
In Japan the board costs 27780 Yen. This currently equals about 217 Euros or 283 US dollars. When the motherboard will hit the western markets has not been revealed yet. See the gallery below for more pictures.