The product: The motherboard supports 4 DDR2 modules at a maximum of 800 MHz and a total of 8GB RAM can be used in the board. The board is equipped with a single PCI-E x16 expansion slot and a single PCI-E x1 slot. Besides that, there’s the option of using two PCI expansion slots on the motherboard for stuff like wireless networking.
The motherboard also supports RAID in the 0, 1 0+1, 5 or JBOB configurations trough the Nvidia chipset. A floppy disc with a driver for the operating system is not included and must be made by the user. So make sure this disc has been created before you delete all the partitions.
With their latest chipset, Nvidia has introduced a couple of new technologies, one being Hybrid SLI. This name covers two technologies with the names GeForce boost technology and Hybrid Power technology. GeForce Boost is all about the opportunity of boosting the graphics acceleration. This allows you to use an “up to date” graphicscard and let it work in a sort of SLI mode with the onboard graphics, giving a boost in some games.
So far, only GeForce 8400GS and 8500GT supports the boost technology, which isn’t that overwhelming. In fact you should try to get a card that from the manufacture is guaranteed to support it. This is hopefully only the start of being able to use different graphicscards with each other, and I’m sure that something equal to this will be introduced with the next generation. Keep an eye on Hybrid SLI.
The technology is linked to the previous, and this means that the second graphicscard is deactivated with 3D applications or a game isn’t used. This saves power and prolongs the life time of the components. Again one should be aware that not every graphicscard supports Hybrid power. So far, only 9800GTX and 9800GX2 is on the support list according to Nvidia’s own website.