nForce To Have Broad OS Driver Support at Launch
By Van Smith
Date: July 17, 2001
In our recent analysis of NVIDIA's potent nForce Athlon DDR SDRAM chipsets, we stated that product introduction was contingent upon the launch of Microsoft Windows XP. Furthermore, we stated that initial nForce OS support would be limited to Windows XP and ME.
NVIDIA spokesman Bryan Del Rizzo let us know today that upon launch, nForce will support multiple OSes far beyond this. Mr. Del Rizzo clarified for us that, "like all of NVIDIA's products, nForce uses UDA, and will support a multitude of OSes, including Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows ME, and Windows XP, when it is released." Mr. Del Rizzo also stated that the nForce launch is not contingent on Windows XP availability.
Given these facts, nForce motherboards may start arriving in September or even as early as August as has been suggested on Ace's Hardware. However, availability of AMD's desktop Palomino still appears to be a factor. When the chipmaker plans to launch the long anticipated enhanced version of its successful Athlon has yet to be disclosed.