Back at Computex, we spotted a number of prototype motherboards based on an Nvidia MCP73 integrated graphics chipset for Intel processors. Nvidia has now officially launched the chipset as part of a GeForce 7 "motherboard GPU" series.
The GPU series includes four models: GeForce 7150, 7100, and 7050 graphics processors all paired with nForce 630i core logic, and a GeForce 7050 GPU with nForce 610i core logic. All four offerings support Intel's Core 2, Pentium, and Celeron processors, and their specifications look like so:
|Front side bus||1333MHz||1333MHz||1333MHz||1066MHz|
|PCI Express slots||x16, x1||x16, x1||x16, x1||x8, x1|
|Serial ATA/IDE ports||4/2||4/2||4/2||4/2|
|RAID support||0, 1, 0+1, 5||0, 1, 0+1, 5||0, 1, 0+1, 5||0, 1|
|HDMI video output||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|DVI video output||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
Nvidia says systems and motherboards based on those chipsets will be available "later this month" from companies including Abit, Asrock, Asus, Biostar, Colorful, ECS, EVGA, Foxconn, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Hassee, Inno3D, Jetway, J&W, Maxsun, MSI, Onda, Palit, PC Partner, PNY, Supox, Unika, XFX, and others.