NVIDIA introduces megatasking computing platform

New nForce 680a SLI MCP-based motherboards incorporate new AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 series processors.
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NVIDIA has announced the immediate availability of the new NVIDIA nForce 680a SLI media and communications processor (MCP), designed specifically for the new AMD Quad FX Platform with Dual Socket Direct Connect Architecture. The exclusive core-logic launch partner for AMD Quad FX processors, the NVIDIA nForce 680a SLI MCP provides processing capabilities that allow multimedia and megatasking to use up to four GPUs, eight displays, 12 SATA hard drives and four gigabit Ethernet connections, all from a single consumer desktop PC.

The NVIDIA nForce 680a SLI MCP is a motherboard core-logic solution providing a host of technologies. These include support for NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU technology, with four PCI Express slots that can be used to drive up to eight independent, high-resolution displays for extended work spaces, and advanced networking and storage capabilities, including support for up to four gigabit Ethernet connections and 12 SATA hard drives for a combined 8TB of media storage. Additionally, the NVIDIA nForce 680a SLI MCP has been designed to take advantage of the power behind AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 series processors, allowing users to also run multiple multithreaded, CPU-intensive applications simultaneously without compromising performance.

The NVIDIA nForce 680a SLI MCP and the AMD Quad FX Platform are used in the GeForce 8 series of GPUs, and incorporate a unified shader architecture with full support for Microsoft DirectX 10, and the upcoming Microsoft Windows Vista OS.

System builders currently offering AMD Quad FX Platform-based PCs include Cyberpower, iBuypower, Maingear and Vigor, among others. The ASUS L1N64-SLI WS motherboard featuring the NVIDIA nForce 680a SLI MCP is also available now.

For more information, visit www.nvidia.com.