NVIDIA's "MCP68" Details Revealed
Anh Tuan Huynh
February 18, 2007 12:02 AM
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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
, 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
controllers, but the new
also integrates HDMI and DVI output capabilities. NVIDIA will integrate the HDCP keys onto the
itself too, making it an
ideal for high-definition television sets
Digital video connections aside, the upcoming
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
IGP will only accelerate videos with resolutions up to 720p.
Those hoping for DirectX 10 compatibility will be disappointed, as the
is still a DirectX 9 design. Nevertheless,
will be Microsoft Windows Vista Premium certified with support for Aero glass.
will also support one full-speed PCIe x16 slot for graphics expansion and three PCIe x1 slots. On the storage side of things,
will support four SATA 3.0 Gbps ports and a single PATA channel, surprisingly. Other notable features of the
include 12 USB 2.0 ports and Gigabit Ethernet.
is currently sampling and in its A02 revision. Expect NVIDIA to start production next month. NVIDIA's
slated to become the next-generation core logic
for AMD platforms after
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2/19/2007 7:32:26 AM
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
2/19/2007 10:32:39 AM
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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