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NVIDIA nForce 500 Chipset Family (Socket AM2)

By Zachary Chan & Vijay Anand - 23 May 2006

nForce 500 MCP Block Diagrams

nForce 500 MCP Block Diagrams

The mother of all nForce 500 MCPs, the nForce 590 SLI is a dual chip solution with a whopping 48 PCI Express lanes, and features NVIDIA's LinkBoost and advanced memory performance profiles.

The nForce 570 SLI might not be too popular since for probably US$20 more, it might be possible to upgrade to the 590 SLI with dual x16 SLI and have access to LinkBoost and SLI-Ready Memory.

The nForce 570 Ultra will support all AM2 processors, feature two Gigabit MACs and six SATA ports, which would probably make it the mid-range favorite for a single GPU solution.

The nForce 550 is the lowest end MCP of the nForce 500 series catered towards the mainstream Sempron group. This single chip MCP will only carry one Gigabit MAC, and four SATA ports similar to the current nForce4 Ultras. However, it does feature HD Audio support.

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