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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 raven3x7 on 8/11/2006 7:31:02 AM , Rating: 2
These are really too crippled to be of much use for PCs(except the p variant). They might be usefull for HTPCs i guess. I must say though that both ATI and VIA have better products most probably at the same price point. Particularly CF1100 boards with X300 graphics. Better Video quality and as far as i know they support Avivo. Not to mention that ATI boards run cooler. And if VIA gets the K8M900 to market they might also be a much better choice. Thats a big if though.

RE: hmm
By Master Kenobi on 8/11/2006 9:10:54 AM , Rating: 2
Actually the Intel 975X chipset is top dog in the Intel procesor compatable boards, pair with one of several south bridges, you get far more features than nVidia's nForce.

RE: hmm
By DigitalFreak on 8/11/2006 12:58:34 PM , Rating: 2
These are really too crippled to be of much use for PCs(except the p variant)

Don't think so. They make excellent chipsets for the $299-$499 PC market. Most people use their computer exclusively for e-mail & Internet, and maybe some word processing & photo viewing. These folks are fine with integrated graphics and such.

RE: hmm
By raven3x7 on 8/11/2006 2:29:17 PM , Rating: 2
yes sure they are but unless these boards retail for 40-50 euros at most. there are Via chips that have the same price tag and more features. I never said that integrated graphics are not enough, just that the crippled expansion options are a problem

RE: hmm
By JeffDM on 8/12/2006 1:03:14 AM , Rating: 2
Frankly, I don't care what Via chips have and at what price. I don't trust them to make an acceptably reliable product, or restated, I trust nVidia a lot more than I do Via.

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