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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 R3MF on 8/11/2006 2:12:20 AM , Rating: 1
HTPC's like the Silverstone LC11 have riser cards that accept 16x/PCI/PCI or AGP/PCI/PCI because that is the default configuration.

very few nVidia AMD chipsets for AMD have followed this in recent years.

the majority of s939 and AM2 boards had 1x/16x/PCI/PCI or 16x/1x/PCI/PCI configuration which is useless in low profile HTPC's.

please nVidia, make your MCP61-P reference board with a sensible expansion card configuration so that people can use these excellent chipsets in low profile cases with riser cards.

if you do it the majority of board manufacturers will follow.

i am now considering a C2D purely because it is the only socket that will provide decent mATX boards with a sensible config for use in the LC11-M case i want. The cheap as chips socket AM2 Asrock board doesn't count as it is too low end for me.

By glennpratt on 8/20/2006 12:58:22 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe Silverstone should make better riser cards. That case comes with an AGP riser, how outdated can you get. x1 tuner cards are out, and the Cat's Eye 164e will be an x1 dual tuner hybrid with both analog and HD tuners. Browsing around newegg shows absolutely no consitency about the order of expansion slots, so maybe Silverstone would do better to use low profile slots.

BTW, Foxconn makes a 6150 board that is x16/PCI/PCI/PCI

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