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Nvidia's MCP68 headed for touchdown

April 19 is D-Day
Wed Apr 11 2007, 11:44
NVIDIA'S MCP68 chipset is due to be officially launched on the 19th of this month.

The chipset is a media-centric integrated graphics part, designed to compete with DAAMIT's 690G silicon. The 690G is notable for being one of the first integrated graphics chipsets to support HDMI out with the HDCP content protection infection, and this makes it good for living room PCs running Media Center.

The GeForce 6150, the previous Nvidious integrated graphics part integrated onto MCP61, doesn't support HDCP, so that means a respin. The integrated core will be dubbed the GeForce 7025 and 7050. Interestingly, we're pretty sure this is the first time Nvidia has ever used the '25' suffix to describe a product. Does it stand for '25 frames a second you must be joking'?

One of the first boards out of the door with the new chipset will be the Epox EP-AP68P/G, which offers a DVI backplate and an add-in card with HDMI socket. Other boards will integrate HDMI straight on to the backplate.

No word on the performance capabilities of the chipset, but don't expect anything too hot. You might, however, get away with some modern games at 720p HDTV resolution, providing you can find a game with decent support for that standard. µ


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