A STIFF BRITISH upper lip was required for it to sit on the information until today but VA-Technologies has managed it. It's the first off the blocks with some very interesting details indeed. The Nvidia Nforce 3 is an Opteron workstation chipset. The Nforce 3 is designed to use the single processor version of the Opteron. It features all of the stuff that you'd expect from an Nvidia chipset and a few nice pointers as to what might happen with any future Nforce chipsets for the Athlon.
First up, the board has AGP 8x. You can effectively count that as a Northbridge function. On the Southbridge side of things there's two channel SATA, RealTek Gigabit Ethernet, Firewire and audio.
VA-Technologies has announced that it will be releasing both single processor Nvidia and dual processor AMD based systems through its Max Black professional equipment arm.
News source: The Inq