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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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Why come out with these?
By hstewarth on 8/11/2006 1:03:26 AM , Rating: 2
I am curious why nVidia would come out with these on the AMD platform now that AMD and ATI have joined together. Maybe they caught by surprise.

I would rather see them come out with SLI chipset for Woodcrest which would fill a gap for those that need it.

RE: Why come out with these?
By Etsp on 8/11/2006 4:33:38 AM , Rating: 2
It would be foolish to think that nVidia would stop making amd chipsets simply because amd bought ati... in fact, from what I understand, ati's chipset division intends to continue making chipsets for the INTEL PLATFORM... it would be foolhardy to simply give up that marktetshare because amd and intel are competitors in the CPU market...

RE: Why come out with these?
By hstewarth on 8/11/2006 10:01:44 AM , Rating: 2
Yes I think for a short time NVidia will do it - but the problem will be in the future with next generation AMD cpus - likely its going to be hard for NVidia to support.

All I am saying if NVidia is smart it would be looking for other possibilities like the Woodcrest.

RE: Why come out with these?
By kilkennycat on 8/11/2006 1:22:50 PM , Rating: 2
AMD will need all the help it can get in building sufficient quantity of chipsets, even with the PROPOSED union with ATi ( remember that the stockholders still have to approve it, and there are also escape clauses in the deal ) -- just as Intel has always needed chipset help from third parties, such as nVidia, ATi, Via etc... And the high-end CPUs bring in far greater marginal profit than the corresponding chipsets. Also nVidia has a lock on SLI technology, so anybody that wants SLI for AMD -- which potentially also sells another AMD processor -- has got to go with nVidia. nVidia is in a great position - independently serving both processor manufacturers, while Intel's position with regard to ATi chipsets for Intel processors will rapidly sour, knowing that they are putting profit into the pockets of their to-the-death competitor.

RE: Why come out with these?
By johnsonx on 8/11/2006 12:12:34 PM , Rating: 3
I don't understand the logic of this assertion. Why should nVidia stop making AMD core logic just because AMD bought ATI? So AMD will have it's own core logic now... so what? Intel has always made core logic for their own CPU's, but that didn't stop NVidia from doing the same.

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