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     MCP79: Nvidia attacks the Centrino
      Posted on 24/04/2008 at 17:47 by Nicolas
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    Logo NvidiaWhile Nvidia has already offered Motherboard GPUs (IGPs) for notebooks for some time now, these were exclusively destined for the AMD platform which isn’t really the most significant in terms of market shares.

    This should soon change because according to Dailytech, the MCP79 will not only target the desktop market but also that of portable PCs, directly rivaling the GM45/GM47 which integrates a graphic core with DirectX 10 support, the X4500 HD, as well as PM45s. With the next Core 2 Duos, these three Northbridges will be the heart of the Centrino 2 platform (Montevina) but they require a Southbridge, the ICH9M.

    Nvidia’s solution could be attractive because it also integrates a graphic core derived from the GeForce 8 and a Purevideo 3 engine. Hybrid SLI will of course be included. Its main advantage is that it will only be comprised of a single chip with FSB 1066, DDR2-800 and DDR3-1333 support as well as 20 PCI-E 2.0 lanes, SATA-II, DriveCache (the in-house equivalent of Turbo Memory), Gigabit Ethernet, and not to forget HD Audio.

    Up to six different versions are planned but it’s fairly common that only some will be released in the end. We should logically expect that this should be the case for the MCP79ML (which is devoid of some functions such as Raid 0/1 and DisplayCache), the MCP79GLM (Quadro FX) or even the MCP79-SLI.

    Moreover, you may recall that it is probably the MCP79 which Nvidia chose for the $45 VN platform co-developed with VIA. In terms of availability, we will have to wait until the beginning of June and the announcement of the Centrino 2 when the firm with the green chameleon will start its offensive.


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