ASRock preps single-chip NVIDIA IGP board

— 3:24 PM on July 25, 2006

Back in April, a leaked roadmap revealed the existence of a single-chip successor to NVIDIA's GeForce 6100 integrated graphics processor and nForce 430 south bridge combo. Dubbed MCP61, the chipset has now been sighted in an ASRock motherboard that HKEPC says is due out this month. The ASRock AM2NF6G-VSTA is a Socket AM2 motherboard that features a fairly standard package for budget boards with integrated graphics: microATX form factor, two PCI slots, PCI Express x16 and x1 slots (although the x16 slot only has eight lanes of bandwidth), and a pair of 300MB/s Serial ATA ports with RAID support.

Unlike other IGP boards, the AM2NF6G-VSTA only has a single core logic chip containing both graphics processor and traditional chipset components. From the looks of the heatsink, NVIDIA's 90nm process has done wonders in culling power consumption. The process technology shrink also seems to have helped cut costs. HKEPC says the AM2NF6G-VSTA will go on sale for HK$468 in Hong Kong, which is equivalent to just $60.18 in the United States.

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