We went along to see what DFI was getting up to today and they showed us a few new motherboards, two of which were based on Socket AM2. The more feature-rich of the two was the company's upcoming nForce 590 SLI motherboard, which is expected to start shipping next month.
The layout is exactly the same as the DFI LANParty UT CFX3200-DR
, but DFI has made some improvements. The fan that is on this particular board is not the final version - DFI has made some changes, and it will be one of the first boards they ship with a new all-copper cooling solution. We managed to get a picture of what the new heatsinks are expected to look like.
Also DFI has flipped the six NVIDIA-controlled SATA ports over by 90 degrees, so that the connectors are perpendicular to the edge of the board. This will greatly improve the cable management, and there will no longer be a mess of cables that could possibly get hampered by dual-GPU configurations if there are more than a couple of drives installed. This is certainly the first time we've seen this idea, and we were wondering how long it would take for motherboard makers to implement it.
The board will have all of the DFI-specific features that were on the CFX3200-DR, and we're expecting it to be even more refined. We are told that there will be full support for NVIDIA's SLI memory technology.
Finally, DFI has implemented a digital PWM design, similar to the one that Foxconn displayed
at this years' CeBIT tradeshow. However, we are yet to see a Foxconn design in the channel that uses the digital PWM design. We'll leave you with a few pictures...
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