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NVIDIA MPC61 receives a single-chip overhaul

NVIDIA expects to release its next-generation integrated graphics chipset for AMD’s Socket AM2 platform next quarter. Currently known as MCP68, the new chipset packs new high-definition video capabilities and a GeForce 7-series derived integrated graphics core.

New to the GeForce 7-series derived graphics core are new output capabilities. The current GeForce 6150 and nForce 430 is reliant on sDVO-bus TMDS and HDMI controllers, but the new MCP68 also integrates HDMI and DVI output capabilities. NVIDIA will integrate the HDCP keys onto the MCP68 itself too, making it an ideal for high-definition television sets.  

Digital video connections aside, the upcoming MCP68 retains support for VGA D-Sub, S-video, composite and component video outputs for broad display compatibility. Topping off the list of video features is support for PureVideo HD technology for hardware accelerated high-definition video decoding. Video formats supported by NVIDIA’s PureVideo HD technology include H.264, VC-1 and MPEG2; however, the MCP68 IGP will only accelerate videos with resolutions up to 720p.

Those hoping for DirectX 10 compatibility will be disappointed, as the MCP68 is still a DirectX 9 design. Nevertheless, MCP68 will be Microsoft Windows Vista Premium certified with support for Aero glass.

MCP68 will also support one full-speed PCIe x16 slot for graphics expansion and three PCIe x1 slots. On the storage side of things, MCP68 will support four SATA 3.0 Gbps ports and a single PATA channel, surprisingly. Other notable features of the MCP68 include 12 USB 2.0 ports and Gigabit Ethernet.

MCP68 is currently sampling and in its A02 revision. Expect NVIDIA to start production next month. NVIDIA's MCP72 is slated to become the next-generation core logic for AMD platforms after MCP68.

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only 11w
By semo on 2/19/2007 7:32:26 AM , Rating: 2

that seems low to me even if it is idle power consumption. i think it is about time we saw an integrated graphics solution that can rival a radeon 9700pro. it seems to me amd and nvidia are too busy making highend cards bigger and better and pushing the price point of mainstream cards to what was the price point of highend cards several generations ago.

RE: only 11w
By Hoser McMoose on 2/19/2007 10:32:39 AM , Rating: 2
The problem with integrated chipsets is almost entirely a problem of memory bandwidth. The Radeon 9700 Pro that you mentioned had dedicated memory bandwidth of over 19.8GB/s. An integrated chipset with dual-channel DDR2-800 memory (fastest that is widely available at the moment) has only 12.8GB/s of memory bandwidth, and that is shared between the CPU, GPU and all other peripherals doing memory access.

That being said, I DO want to see more mid-range and lower cost video cards. I'm particularly interested in the nVidia GeForce 8300 (8400?) and 8600 series of cards. The 8800 series has been available for months at ridiculous prices, but it looks like I've got at least another month or two to wait before I'll see a more reasonably price 8000-series video card.

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