Introduction

MSI has the first board for the 939-pin Athlon 64 processors we have reviewed here at PC Perspective. Find out the ins and outs!

With the release of the 939-pin processors from AMD, NVIDIA released an updated version of their nForce3 chipset, called the nForce3 Ultra.  We took a preliminary look at a reference board on the first of June in our 939-pin motherboard preview, and we have been tinkering with a couple of retail boards since then. 

MSI K8N Neo2 nForce3 Ultra Motherboard - Motherboards  1

The nForce3 series has seen slower acceptance than the K8T series of chipsets from VIA, both because of cost differences and feature gaps.  NVIDIA is quickly changing these key items though and now that VIA’s overclocking ability with their PCI/AGP lock may be up in the air, NVIDIA is set to take back some of the AMD market share.

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