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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: needs more SATA
By cochy on 3/4/2008 3:29:46 PM , Rating: 2
No I'm saying that I don't want to pay. I don't need the features of a server board (extra socket, FB-DIMMs etc.)

RE: needs more SATA
By rsasp on 3/4/2008 4:14:48 PM , Rating: 1
Then you are not running a real server.

RE: needs more SATA
By sirvent67 on 3/5/2008 4:29:37 AM , Rating: 2
That is BS. ANY pc can be a server, it doesnt have to have enterprise class hardware in it to funtion as a server. Maybe he doesnt need the extra sockets, ram capacity, and scsi. not to mention having to use more expensive ram.

What he has is merely a CHEAP server.

RE: needs more SATA
By jtemplin on 3/5/2008 9:47:00 PM , Rating: 2
Screw server boards anyway. I'd rather be able to use any speed ram I wish, have the luxury of overclocking and lose out on the 4 SATA ports you guys are talking about.

RE: needs more SATA
By murphyslabrat on 3/8/2008 7:40:24 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, if those four ports are seriously an issue, then get a cheap/not cheap controller card. You add a little more latency, but you'd be paying for those extra ports anyway.

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