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NVIDIA on the low end

DailyTech has received finalized specifications of NVIDIA’s upcoming MCP61 family of integrated graphics chipsets. The MCP61 family will not replace the current GeForce 6100 family. Instead the MCP61 family will slip right below the GeForce 6100 family in terms of target market. While the GeForce 6100 family is a two-chip design consisting of a GeForce 6100, 6150 or 6150B coupled with an nForce 410 or 430, the MCP61 family is a single chip design.

NVIDIA will have three variants of the MCP61 family—MCP61P, MCP61S and MCP61V. MCP61P is the premium product with support for one PCI Express x16, two PCI Express x1, standard definition video output, Gigabit Ethernet, 10 USB ports, four SATAII, RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and ASF 2.0 management. It will also be the only member of the MCP61 family to have an sDVO output for external video output capabilities such as DVI, component and TV out.

MCP61S is the standard variant which is slightly crippled. PCI Express graphics support is limited to a single PCI Express x 8 slot. Two PCI Express x1 slots still remain. Available SATA ports have been cut down to two with support for RAID 0 and 1. Ethernet is limited to 10/100 too. USB ports have been cut down to eight USB 2.0 ports as well. MCP61V is the value part and is similar to MCP61S except for the lack of an external PCI Express graphics slot. Nevertheless, MCP61V still retains two PCI Express x1 slots.

The MCP61 family sports a GeForce 7 class graphics, though there are no details specifications on the integrated graphics core. Gone from the graphics core is support for NVIDIA’s PureVideo video processing engine which isn’t too surprising considering the MCP61 family is slotted below the GeForce 6100 family. All MCP61 products are fully compliant with Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Vista Premium with Aero glass. The premium MCP61P will have a 425 MHz graphics clock while MCP61S and MCP61V will be clocked slightly lower at 375 MHz.

Launch of the MCP61 family is expected near the middle of 1H Q3’06 for MCP61S and MCP61V. MCP61P is expected to launch 2H Q4’06. Pricing on MCP61 family products is unknown at the moment but expect MCP61 family products to be significantly cheaper than current GeForce 6100 family products.

Epox has already announced its MCP61S motherboard

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By The Boston Dangler on 8/10/2006 11:47:53 PM , Rating: 1
Nvidia needs to get off it's arse if it wants to hang in the mobo market. ATI has closed the performance gap in video and AMD motherboards, dominate AMD mobile chipsets, and will be the AMD platform of choice from now on. Nvidia's Intel solutions never lit the world on fire, and are blown away by Intel's latest and greatest.

To survive, they will need to do a lot better than rehashed nforce4's, geforce7's and worsening software.

RE: Eh...
By Furen on 8/11/2006 2:17:25 AM , Rating: 2
nForce is still the most feature-rich chipset out there, though, and this includes Intel chipsets. Personally, I think SLI/Crossfire is a waste of money but I do think that nVidia became a force to be reckoned with.

RE: Eh...
By George Powell on 8/11/2006 3:36:39 AM , Rating: 2
The 6150 product is an excellent one and allows very cheap but reasonable performance PCs to be built. Not everyone is a hardcore gamer out there and many people don't need anything more than a way to output to a display.

I think Nvidia have made a well balanced chipset for the budget conscious builder. They do allow the additional of a different graphics card if its required as well.

RE: Eh...
By NoSoftwarePatents on 8/11/2006 5:45:31 PM , Rating: 1
Good thing you aren't talking about Linux here-nVidia still makes the best 3D acceleration on Linux.

Just recently TTimo from ID Software said in an interview he develops mostly on nVidia over ATI.

Perhaps, the situation will change for the better if ATI open sources at least part if not all of their graphic card drivers. I'm all for competition, which benefits the consumers in the end, but the competition has to exist first...

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