The motherboard market has gone through some big changes in the last few quarters.  We have seen entire chipsets appear and hit end of life (officially or unofficially) for both AMD and Intel processors.  The newer chipsets do offer some new features, but the releases just haven’t been as awe inspiring as even a few years ago when chipsets lived a lot longer, and the next installment had huge benefits.  The latest nVIDIA chipset is up for a preview at HEXUS, the 780a and they even have a board to show you, the MSI K9N2 Diamond.

“The nForce 780a SLI chipset is one of NVIDIA’s first significant updates to its AMD-based chipsets since the nForce 590 SLI and provides features such as integrated graphics with Hybrid Power functionality. Though Hybrid Power only functions when compatible NVIDIA cards such as the GeForce 9600 GT or 9800 GX2 are in use, it allows users to save power by disabling any compatible discrete graphics cards when they’re not required.

With added ammunition in the form of AMD’s quad-core Phenom X4 and tri-core Phenom X3 processors, as well as the option of GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics cards running in Hybrid Power mode, could this be the platform to put AMD’s own 7-series chipset to the test?”

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