NVIDIA MCP73 Preview
From what know, NVIDIA is slated to do a hard launch of the
MCP73 chipset that is, you can purchase boards as early as 25 September 2007. A
paper launch is expected on the 2nd week of September.
We understand that there will be 3 variants of the chipset, they are :
GeForce 7050-630i, GeForce 7025-630i and 7025-610i. All the 3 has a DX9.0c, SM3 compliant graphics core running 300MHz RAMDAC. NView is supported. Purevideo HD is supposed to be available only on the 7050-630i or MCP73PV.
The MCP73PV (7050-630i) will support up to single channel DDR2-800 while the other 2 supports up to single channel DDR2-667.
The chipset will support one IDE interface, 10 USB ports, 4 SATA II RAID ports. Mediashield RAID 0,1,5 is supported on the higher end chipset. Boards can support DVI, HDMI, D-SUB output. That depends on manufacturers on how they wish to layout their product.
Most of the boards will come with a single GbE and HDA using various codecs.
As final drivers are not ready, we show you some preliminary results using an external graphics card :
As we can see, the MCP73 is single channel DDR2-800 and it can perform quite well against the G965. No doubt the memory performance is poorer, the rest of the results arent' very far off from the G965 chipset.
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