Nvidia confirms September nForce ship-date

Abit, Asustek, Gigabyte and MSI lined up to launch mobos too

Nvidia will ship nForce this month, allowing mobo makers to ship boards based on the Athlon chipset by "the end of September", according to a company spokesman.

Abit, Asustek, Gigabyte and MSI will all be producing nForce-based boards, the spokesman (cited by ExtremeTech) added.

All of which ties in nicely with the recent suggestions of a September ship-date for the Abit, Asustek, Gigabyte boards published over at Tom's Hardware. There's still no official word on the presence of Dell among that story's list of nForce-supporting PC vendors, but we hear that the company is indeed working on an nForce-based box - but one based on the Pentium III, not the Athlon.

nForce is derived from the chipset Nvidia designed for Microsoft's Xbox console, which is powered by a PIII. That makes a PIII-based nForce a possibility, but it's certainly not a part the Nvidia itself has ever mentioned. Other suggestions, that Nvidia is a lot closer to licensing the Pentium 4 bus, muddy the waters further. Surely, Dell would prefer to use a P4 in its desktops, rather than a PIII?

Meanwhile, we still can't help feeling the arrival of nForce and AMD's next generation of desktop Athlon CPUs, based on the Palomino core, can't be a coincidence. ®