Nvidia today finally launched its 780a chipset for AMD-based systems. It is desinged to compete with AMD’s own 790FX chipset and is the first major update to Nvidia’s AMD chipsets since the nForce 590 SLI.
nForce 780a architecture. Image credit: HEXUS
Some highlights of the 780a are as follows:
- Support for AMD Socket AM2+ processors
- Support for DDR2-1066 memory
- 3-way SLI support
- Hybrid Power technology
- nForce 200 PCI-e bridge
The most promising feature of the 780a is the Hybrid SLI technology. The chipset can completely shut off up to all three dedicated graphics card and switch to the board’s integrated graphics solution, drastically reducing power consumption.