NVIDIA nForce® 980a SLI® media and communications processors (MCPs) power the most feature rich, high performance motherboards for AMD AM3 CPUs. As a premier enthusiast platform, nForce 980a features SLI technology for maximum graphics performance and are specifically designed to harness the power of GeForce® GPUs for gaming and beyond.
Unmatched DirectX 10 Gaming with SLI Technology Combine up to three NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics cards with an nForce 980a SLI-based motherboard to experience SLI technology and the rapid-firing gaming performance of next-generation DirectX® 10 games the way they’re meant to be played.
Beyond Gaming. Experience Graphics Plus NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI MCPs are specifically designed and tested to harness the power of GeForce GPUs. GeForce GPUs with CUDA technology not only provide a world-class gaming experience, they also deliver Graphics Plus. Experience jaw-dropping PhysX gaming effects, stereoscopic 3D, and lightning fast video and image processing all accelerated by GeForce GPUs.
Designed for SLI technology NVIDIA® SLI® technology is a revolutionary platform innovation that allows you to intelligently scale graphics performance by combining multiple NVIDIA graphics solutions in a single system with an NVIDIA nForce® SLI MCP. New support for 3-way SLI technology provides up to 2.8x performance increase so you can play the latest next generation applications at mind-blowing frame rates and resolutions.
Support for ESA Provides real-time and complete PC performance management. Tested by a comprehensive certification program for system compatibility and reliability, ESA-certified components and applications bring you unprecedented control to manage and tune thermal, electrical, acoustic and operating characteristics to maximize your PC’s performance.
NVIDIA Control Panel NVIDIA Control Panel allows you to take full advantage of ESA. Easily adjust PC characteristics for maximum performance. Features NVIDIA System Monitor, so you can seamlessly monitor characteristics in an intuitive and customizable 3D environment.
PCI Express 2.0 Support
Designed to support the new PCI Express 2.0 bus architecture, offering a future-proofing bridge to tomorrow’s most bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications by maximizing 5 GT/s of bandwidth (twice that of first generation PCI Express). PCI Express 2.0 motherboards are fully backwards compatible with existing PCI Express products for broad support of PC peripherals.
NVIDIA MediaShield™ Storage
Suite of features that safeguards your most important digital media assets; always reliable, scalable, and accessible. Includes support for RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 configurations and up to six SATA 3Gb/s drives.
NVIDIA Native Gigabit Ethernet The industry’s fastest Gigabit Ethernet performance eliminates network bottlenecks and improves overall system efficiency and performance.
FirstPacket technology Be the ‘King of Ping’ with NVIDIA® FirstPacket™ technology. Get the crystal-clear phone conversations and online gaming performance you expect. FirstPacket technology assures your game data, VoIP conversations, and large file transfers are delivered according to preferences set by you in an intuitive wizard.
PureVideo HD Technology NVIDIA® PureVideo® HD technology is the combination of high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing that delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for movies and video. PureVideo HD includes required content protection circuitry (HDCP) for playing the new Blu-ray and HD DVD movies at the highest quality possible, and is directly integrated with the leading HD movie software players. PureVideo HD delivers the ultimate high-definition movie experience on a PC.
Product Comparison Chart (167KB PDF) View and compare the entire line up of available NVIDIA MCPs for AMD based motherboards.
NVIDIA Control Panel - Performance Group Dynamically control core components within your PC without ever leaving Windows or entering the BIOS. The Performance group of the NVIDIA control panel allows users to optimize and adjust nearly every system component to minimize noise, increase stability, and maximize performance.
NVIDIA System Monitor A new 3D application for seamless monitoring of PC component characteristics. Its unique and intuitive architecture is the ultimate foundation for delivering optimized system, thermal, and acoustic performance of your NVIDIA nForce based PC and ESA certified components.
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