nForce2 is the Motherboard chipset. It controls the MoBo. Also made by nVidia but NOT TO BE CONFUSED with the Graphics chipsets that they make.
The other main MoBo chipset for socket A is the Via. The nForce is better, much better.
Serial ATA is a new way of connecting HDDs - Seagate have just released the first SATA HDD, others will follow soon.
This chipset also works better with 2 sticks of 256 DDR RAM rather than 1 stick of 512. As long as you have 2 identical (same size, same manufacture) sticks of RAM you get more 'bang for your buck'.
The onboard sound by 'Realtek' means that you don't need a dedicated soundcard immediately - Unless you want to turn your PC into a mixing desk or run DVDs with 5.1 surround sound you won't really notice the difference.
2 Firewires are extrememly useful and you can add more with a PCI card.
6 x USB2 (4 back 2 front) should cover most needs and you can add a USB hub if needs be. Some monitors have a hub built in.
What more can I say?
click here is a review 6 MoBos using the nForce2 chipset.
I copied some of the 'Final Words'
Final Words We'll get straight to the point by simply stating that each and every one of these nForce2 motherboards will meet the needs of a different type of user. There are all types of users, including power users, overclockers, tweakers, modders…there's just no end to it. One thing is clear however; if you're going to be purchasing an Athlon XP motherboard in today's market, you'd be insane not to choose a motherboard based on NVIDIA's nForce2 platform