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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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runs Vista Aero Glass just fine
By johnsonx on 2/14/2007 11:42:51 AM , Rating: 2
I just delivered my first customer system with Vista, and I can tell you that the MCP61P runs Aero perfectly at the standard LCD res of 1280x1024. BUT, you do have to give the IGP 128Mb of RAM. When I had it set for only 64Mb, it would only run Aero up to 1024x768.

With 128Mb for the IGP, the Windows Experience score for the gfx subsystem is 3.0. Any less RAM than that and the score drops to 2.4. This is with DDR2-533 RAM, the cheap and safe choice for office systems. I don't know if the IGP performs better with faster RAM, but I presume it would.

This is all a bit of a relief to actually see, as I've been telling customers for over a year that all my GeForce 6100 boxes would be Vista Ready. I don't know if any of them will actually want an upgrade, but it's nice to know that it will work.

Has anyone else reading run Vista on a single channel socket-754 GeForce 6100 board? I've got dozens of those in the field, but none available for testing ATM.




RE: runs Vista Aero Glass just fine
By Slack3r78 on 2/14/2007 12:04:27 PM , Rating: 2
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This is with DDR2-533 RAM, the cheap and safe choice for office systems.

Why in the world are you still using DDR2 533? 667 has been going for the same price as 533 for ages now and I've seen zero stability difference between the two.


By johnsonx on 2/14/2007 11:46:02 PM , Rating: 2
I've been burned a couple of times using DDR2-667, so I now default to DDR2-533 for non-perfomance critical systems (you know, regular run-of-the-mill office systems). I have no doubt that a BIOS update couldn't have fixed the problems I encountered, but the fact was there was no fix at the time. In both cases swapping in DDR2-533 solved the problem. For the miniscule additional performance, DDR2-667 hasn't been worth the potential headache so far.

You're right that the price has largely equalized now, so perhaps I shouldn't have said 'cheap'.


RE: runs Vista Aero Glass just fine
By Webgod on 2/14/2007 1:53:40 PM , Rating: 2
I've seen a GF 6200TC with 128MB of RAM on the card get a 3.0.


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