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Asus has GeForce 9400 Hybrid SLI Intel mobo

Asus has GeForce 9400 Hybrid SLI Intel mobo

Hybrid SLI is coming to Intel processors soon - we'll probably see products in-hand by the end of August.

Asus showed us its latest motherboards yesterday – one that caught our keen eyes was its P5N7A-D/SAS, which is what looks to be the first Hybrid SLI motherboard for Intel processors.

What’s interesting is that the GeForce 9400 chipset appears to be a single chip solution – this has some benefits when it comes to saving space on the board and as a result, there’s a fairly interesting board layout.

Despite being a full-ATX design, the board only features a single PCI-Express x16 slot, but because of this it does feature three PCI slots and a couple of PCI-Express x1 interconnects. There are six SATA connectors and an IDE socket, which is rotated 90 degrees along the edge of the board.

In addition, the memory slots are also pretty low down the board and will be very close to resistors on the back of longer graphics cards, although it is unlikely to cause a problem. Finally, the 24-pin ATX connector is bizarrely placed right next to the rear I/O panel, which means you’ll have to run cables across the board.

Asus also includes the Express Gate boot console, which enables you to get online in just a few seconds using an embedded Linux operating system. What’s interesting though is the lack of EPU—or at least any mention of it in the marketing collateral—which is an interesting decision nevertheless.

Asus has GeForce 9400 Hybrid SLI Intel mobo

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naokaji 4th June 2008, 18:34 Quote
One can only hope that the Geforce 9400 will use elss power than previous nvidia chipsets because otherwise the energy saving of hybrid sli would go to waste.
Tyinsar 4th June 2008, 18:41 Quote
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Asus also includes the Express Gate boot console, which enables you to get online in just a few seconds using an embedded Linux operating system
Interesting but might be a better fit for a micro ATX or smaller board (to make a simple internet appliance). What would be even better would be a full distro that could start from that quick boot, loading parts as needed.

What bothers me is only one full PCIe slot. I know most other add in cards will work at 1x but it would be nice to have more available just in case you wanted to add a full hardware RAID controller, a second graphics card, etc.
mclean007 4th June 2008, 19:41 Quote
Awesome. I've been waiting for these!
TreeDude 4th June 2008, 19:48 Quote
That is a pretty terrible board layout. Also what is the point of having a VGA output? Why not 1 HDMI and 1 DVI-I (just include an adapter). This is still pretty cool none the less. I jumped off the Nvidia bandwagon though in favor of a 3870. Maybe ATI will wake up and do something similar.
amacieli 4th June 2008, 20:47 Quote
I'm interested to get the source for EG - maybe we can finally get a bare-bones Linux that boots in less than 15 years!
samkiller42 4th June 2008, 20:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by TreeDude
That is a pretty terrible board layout. Also what is the point of having a VGA output? Why not 1 HDMI and 1 DVI-I (just include an adapter). This is still pretty cool none the less. I jumped off the Nvidia bandwagon though in favor of a 3870. Maybe ATI will wake up and do something similar.

Because DVI can't output HD video (in my experience) and while vga maybe old, it can display HD video and can display it at 1080p or 1920*1080 (also in my experience) but i do agree on the HDMI, this in some respects should be standard now.
With the board layout, why do Asus insist on putting the 24pin atx power cable on that side of the board, its in the way, and annoying. Asus, if your reading this, move it back to the other side!!!! please, for our sake at least.

Sam
Icy EyeG 4th June 2008, 21:10 Quote
SAS Support? As in Serial Attached SCSI?? :|

If nVIDIA doesn't add two dual-link DVI plugs (or, why not, DisplayPort) on the motherboard and support dual-display in HybridPower mode, I won't be buying these motherboards. :(
TomH 4th June 2008, 21:29 Quote
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SAS Support? As in Serial Attached SCSI?? :|
Quite my reaction. Why no mention of this? The sticker was big enough!
TreeDude 4th June 2008, 22:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by TreeDude
That is a pretty terrible board layout. Also what is the point of having a VGA output? Why not 1 HDMI and 1 DVI-I (just include an adapter). This is still pretty cool none the less. I jumped off the Nvidia bandwagon though in favor of a 3870. Maybe ATI will wake up and do something similar.

Because DVI can't output HD video (in my experience) and while vga maybe old, it can display HD video and can display it at 1080p or 1920*1080 (also in my experience) but i do agree on the HDMI, this in some respects should be standard now.
With the board layout, why do Asus insist on putting the 24pin atx power cable on that side of the board, its in the way, and annoying. Asus, if your reading this, move it back to the other side!!!! please, for our sake at least.

Sam

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Visual_Interface

Single link DVI has a max res of 1920 × 1200 @ 60 Hz. So 1080p comes close but is under that. I am not sure what trouble you had, but I assure you it had nothing to to with the DVI link.
DXR_13KE 5th June 2008, 00:11 Quote
what the hell is that chip that makes the memory go lower down the board?
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