DigiTimes heard from sources close to motherboard makers that NVIDIA will release the nForce 790i chipset in the second quarter of this year. This chipset will feature the C73 northbridge and MCP55 southbridge, it will offer support for Intel processors with FSBs of up to 1600MHz.
The chipset will also feature 3-way SLI and Hybrid SLI technology and support DDR3 memory. Motherboard makers generally expect DDR3 memory pricing will start to drop in the third quarter of 2008. The nForce 790i is positioned by Nvidia as a high-end product and so the motherboard should attract high-end gamers who will be willing to pay a premium for DDR3 memory.
The nForce 790i will be released in two versions, nForce 790i Ultra SLI and nForce 790i SLI. The difference between the two is that the former has better overclocking ability and will support SLI memory modules up to DDR3 2000, the sources detailed.