British website The Inquirer
revealed information about the next generation Intel Nforce chipset.
The Intel Nvidia chipset will support both 800 and 1066FSB for P4 Intel CPUs. It will
support socket 775 CPUs based on Prescott, a new 2MB 600 core and future dual core
Smithfield CPUs. The chipset already has support for Intel's 64 bit marchitecture.
The Inquirer suggests that it will come in two versions, as the chipset can support one and two
memory channels. It supports DDR2 667 and DDR2 533 memory. It cannot support plain DDR
As with the Nforce 4 chipset, the Nforce 5 will have 20 PCIe configurable lanes and if
you use two graphic cards you will end up with eight lanes per card with four left for
Some of the designs being developed will have three to maximal four PCIe 1X lanes.
MCP04 will have support for two IDE ports, 10 USB 2.0, 1Gbit LAN, four S-ATA II ports
capable of Raid 5 and 7.1 Audio. We are not sure what kind of audio it will support yet,
but I guess it will be either AC97 or Axalia. I would not count much on Sound Storm two
but it's still possible that Nvidia will announce such a plan.
Samples are expected in Q1 2005 and actual boards should appear later in the same
quarter. Nvidia hasn't even disclosed Nforce 5 details to most of its partners but will
have to tell them about the boards that they have to sell soon enough.
For more information, visit www.theinquirer.net