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The GeForce 6150 and nForce 430 is updated as "MCP68" GeForce 7050 and nForce 630a, now a single-chip design

NVIDIA has another chipset in the works – the GeForce 7050 and nForce 630a, also known as MCP68. The new GeForce 7050 and nForce 630a will arrive in time to compete with AMD’s upcoming RS690-family. AMD’s RS690 hit a snag and has yet to launch in mass quantities unfortunately.

Although the GeForce 7050 and nForce 630a appears to be a brand new chipset, its feature-set is similar to current GeForce 6150 and nForce 430 offerings. It does feature a GeForce 7-series derived graphics core, as with the MCP61 series, though the MCP61-family carries the GeForce 6100 moniker.

NVIDIA’s new GeForce 7050 integrated graphics core features native HDMI and DVI support. Integrated HDCP keys allow the GeForce 7050-series to display protected video content, when connected to an HDCP compliant display of course. PureVideo HD video processing is supported for hardware acceleration of VC-1 and H.264 video formats. It is up to motherboard manufactures to decide the video output capabilities of a GeForce 7050 IGP based motherboard though.

Although GeForce 7050 and nForce 630a based motherboards feature a GeForce 7-series IGP, there is still plenty of expansion options such as a single full-speed PCIe x16 slot. Other notable features of the GeForce 7050 and nForce 630a combination include dual-channel DDR2-533/667/800 support, PCIe x1 & PCI slots, high-definition audio, ten USB 2.0, four SATA 3.0Gbps ports with RAID and Gigabit Ethernet.

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Not quite like ATI
By MonkeyPaw on 2/14/2007 7:45:29 AM , Rating: 2
If the article is referring to the X300 and the "new" X1100 being the same thing with different names, that's not totally true. While they are indeed the same core, the X1100 runs 33% faster than the X300, according to ATI.

I really like my 6100 IGP system, but it will not compare to RS690--should we ever see it! What really disappoints me is that this in nVidia's apparent answer to the RS690. It also suggests that they've got nothing for Intel either. I fail to see their lack of desire to fill this market.

RE: Not quite like ATI
By Conroe on 2/14/2007 8:35:14 AM , Rating: 2
I've read nvidia is making a Intel IGP. It's probably better to spend it's resources in market that it has no IGP in. I have a 6100 mobo and have found it laking. It's too slow to use any of the good features. I have to run just about any game at lowest settings to get lousy FPS. That rig is just for internet. I do hope to see faster IGPs in the future. Maybe nforce Intel IGP will be a pleasant surprise?

RE: Not quite like ATI
By therealnickdanger on 2/14/2007 8:37:43 AM , Rating: 2
I'd like to know where NVIDIA is going to stand with integrated DX10-level graphics. We know Intel is going there and AMD is as well. Where's the 8100IGP?

RE: Not quite like ATI
By shabodah on 2/14/2007 9:00:22 AM , Rating: 2
Yesterday's review links had the ECS 690 board reviewed against the 6150 IGP boards, and really, the difference in performance is moot. It was a little better, but about as much better as the 6150 is compared to the 6100. Certainly nothing to write home about.

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