NVIDIA nForce 4 is the second PCI Express chipset for AMD platform sports exciting features such as SATA 3GB/s and ActiveArmor. Specially for performance enthusiasts, NVIDIA nTune software provides numerous tweaking functions to optimize system performance.
The highly anticipated NVIDIA nForce4 chipset was officially
announced at around the same timing as of the AMD Athlon FX-55 and 4000+
therefore it can be viewed as a joint marketing effort by the two chip
companies. NVIDIA nForce 4 is the second PCI Express chipset for AMD platform
finally due for release on Oct 20th, about one month later than the VIA K8T890
chipset. nForce 4 comes with 3 different variants targeted at different market
segments. The top end model touted the nForce 4 SLI sports exciting features
such as 20 lanes of PCI-E that makes SLI technology possible for dual graphics
cards capability as well as the SATA 3GB/s support. Also networking security
feature is greatly enhanced with NVIDIA Active Armor with Firewall 2.0.
Specially for performance enthusiasts, NVIDIA has also created nTune software to
provide numerous tweaking functions to optimize system performance within
Windows environment. Indeed, the absence of Sound Storm 2 feature in nForce4 is
a pity and the decision to drop it is due to cost in order to be better
positioned against lower priced VIA and SiS chipsets. In this article, we will
look in details the features of the nForce4 and how it paired up with the FX-55
to maintain performance leadership in the AMD chipset arena.
The features of the nForce4 series are pretty similar except
that the standard version doesn’t have SLI, hardware engine for network security
and also 3GB/s SATA support.