Nforce 780a SLI becomes Nforce 980a SLI: An old Nvidia Chip with a new name
Asus‘ product announcement suggested it already, Nvidia now officially confirmed: The Nforce 980a SLI uses the same chip as the Nforce 780a SLI. New is that corresponding motherboards support the socket AM3 plus DDR3 memory.
An Asus press release about the new AM3 motherboards showed the M4N82 Deluxe which is the first motherboard with the new Nvidia chipset Nforce 980a SLI. It also revealed first details about the chipset: It should support 3-way SLI and provide an integrated Geforce 8 graphics unit as well as a Gigabit LAN port.
The specifications relate to the Nforce 780a SLI and lead to the assumption that it is a rebranding - the colleagues of vr-zone.com came to the same conclusion. Now Nvidia confirmed that the Nforce 980a SLI and the Nforce 780a SLI are the same. While the older model is used for motherboards with socket AM2+ and DDR2 RAM the 980a version is made for AM3 boards with DDR3 RAM as well as for AM2+ models with DDR2 memory. We expect the first Nforce 980a SLI motherboards in March and we are sure that corresponding models will be shown at the Cebit. According to Nvidia the AM2+ boards will be released first and succeeded by the AM3 models.
AMDs chipsets 790FX, 790GX and 790X are also applicable both for the socket AM2+ and the new version AM3 - after all the memory controller of the Phenom II can be found in the CPU and not in the chipset. However AMD abandons the option of a rebranding.
Also in the graphics card business Nvidia renames a lot of older models and older AMD graphics cards get a rebranding, too. A new trend in this business? What do you think?
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