NVIDIA's MCP61S reviewed early

— 2:38 PM on August 4, 2006

The all-in-one MCP61S integrated graphics chipset from NVIDIA isn't expected to make it to stores shelves until late August, but HKEPC has already posted a review of an MCP61S-powered ASRock motherboard (in Chinese, translate here.) Since the MCP61S seems to be intended primarily as a low-end solution, it's no surprise that the integrated graphics processor's performance lags behind that of NVIDIA's current GeForce 6100 IGP offerings. The MCP61S also limits PCI Express graphics expansion to eight lanes instead of 16, but the performance drop from doing so is only around 6% on average, even with a GeForce 7900 GTX graphics card running games at 1600x1200 with antialiasing and anisotropic filtering turned up. Going by HKEPC's review, the MCP61S looks like it could be a decent choice for budget systems as long as MCP61S-powered motherboards manage to undercut predecessors based on NVIDIA's previous IGP solutions.

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