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NVIDIA to launch next-generation Intel chipsets next month

With the next generation processors from Intel drawing near, chipset manufacturers have been hard at work designing products around Intel's CPU architecture.

NVIDIA's upcoming MCP7A motherboard Intel chipset is expected to launch this coming April along with the 45nm Intel Core 2 Duo E8300 and the 65nm Core 2 Quad price drops.

NVIDIA claims MCP7A includes a number of improvements over the last generation products including HDMI and Hybrid SLI capabilities.

MCP7A will be offered in 8 different SKUs, seven of them with onboard DirectX 10-based GPUs that will feature high-definition video processing at 1080p support and integrated HDCP on the higher-end MCP7A-GL and MCP7A-J. There is no word yet on how powerful the onboard graphics processors will be, however, they will all support Shader Model 4.0 and DirectX 10.

Other oddities include an MCP7A chipset that offer a workstation-class GPU from NVIDIA's Quadro line.

The MCP7A line will support a 1333 MHz front-side bus and 20 PCIe 2.0 lanes in a possible 16x1 + 4x1 setup. This would allow a single GPU expansion card to be used in conjunction with the GPUs in seven of these chipsets for a Hybrid SLI setup. The only two SLI boards, the MCP7A-SLI and MCP7A-GL, will feature 2 x8 PCIe 2.0 slots for dual expansion card capabilities.

Each of the chipsets with onboard GPUs will feature 2 analog and 2 digital display heads, with the notable exception of the high-end MCP7A-J which will feature 2 analog and 3 digital heads. Motherboards based on the MCP7A line will have the potential to support DVI/HDMI/Dual Port and RGB formats of video output, while the MCP7A-J chipset will also support LVDS.

Other standard features on all boards will include support for up to 6 SATA 3.0 GB/sec ports, up to 12 USB 2.0 ports, integrated 10/100/1000 Mb/sec LAN and RAID 0, 1, 0+1, and RAID 5 support on the SATA interface.



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RE: HTPC
By Lightning III on 3/4/2008 3:08:09 PM , Rating: 2
for HTPC AMD/ATI is the lower wattage (=less heat)alternative across the board.

the 780 igp is being reviewed right now.

The 780 IGP chipset with with built in uvd is the superior solution when it arrives.

The 690 amd is the current king of IGP although its been around for more than a year and at vista launch was the only aero caple IGP chipset.

The only area where the Nvidia chipsets win is if your dumb enough to game on IGP and it took the the much later to the market 7 series to do that

also less compatibility issues with the ATI tuners I like to run

I got a 3650 video card and 580x asus mobo on the way for my HTPC rig.

These comments are for Home Theater Personal Computer users yes Nvidia does have the hottest chipsets around too bad Heat is a very bad thing in a HTPC or SFF case.


RE: HTPC
By Myrandex on 3/4/2008 3:35:46 PM , Rating: 2
I've had a 780G board for two weeks (ClubIT.com is selling them) and they are really nice!
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